LEt's see, calculating IV drip rates, taping the side of the glass bottles, and counting the drips with my watch. Posey vests, nursing order then. Confused patients getting in arguments with roomates, and glass IV bottles smashing on the floor, when they tried to punch each other from their beds....lol. White uniforms, white panty hose, white shoes, leather shoes, no sneakers! Smoking at the desk while we did our charting. Never wearing gloves, they were in the supply room, if you could find them. My med nurse, smoking while she poured the meds into little paper soufle cups with paper cards in front of each with the meds written on them. I worked 11pm -7am when I frist was a nurse, the first 5 years. Patients admitted with weakness, then wrestling them off their beds, while they were jumping up and down swinging their cane at me the whole time, seems if you needed a little rest from mom or dad, or uncle or auntie, your doc would admit them to the hospital so you could get a rest.
.I could go on and on, lots has changed since December 1979, when I graduated and started working. Oh taking your boards in April and not getting the results til July. The test was given in the city, all multiple choice. Hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane, and the number one thing I remember, is having enough time to talk to a scared patient the night before surgery and calm their fears!