Let's play I Remember When..... - page 6

I think it would be a good idea and fun for any nurse who has been working for, oh let's say 15+ years, to post a message for the younger and/or less experienced nurses, so they can see where us... Read More

  1. by   PRINCESS RN
    I am only a first year RN, but Milk of Molasses enemas are amazing!! I could not believe the results you could get from milk and molasses together!! PRINCESS RN.
  2. by   mscsrjhm
    Only one thing I didn't see on this thread- bicarb every 5 minutes in a code.
    Sorry- two things: medication cards- different colors for different times, checking them against the kardex, no unit doses then- and smoking a cigarette.
    Adding meds to IV's/mixing piggyback IV's- and that ?orange? label- (I am having a hard time remembering)
    Quick caths, taping buttocks to the rails, betadine and sugar, actual access to the kitchen at night, vest restraints, lots and lots of B-12 shots
    Memory coming back- a little more than 2 things.
  3. by   sirI
    Blue/Black ink for day shift

    Green ink for evenings

    Red ink for nights
  4. by   Deb2of9
    I am sure that much of what I remember is posted somewhere in this post. I see it has gone on for several pages. When I first became a nurse we were still using glass thermometers. We had to take all of the temperatures and then come back and soak all of the thermometers that we used in alcohol after cleaning them with soap and water. The bins were labled so you knew which one was for clean thermometers and which were the dirty ones. In fact each unit had an autoclave on it for sterilizing our scissors hemostats and other equitpment that we used. In fact Central Supply was where you took the big things down to be sterilized. We didn't have almost anything that was disposable. Nurses had started to not wear caps, and doctors would not speak to a nurse who wasn't wearing a cap. I remember the no hair above the collar, and uniforms were dresses unless you worked OR where you wore scrubs. White hose and all white shoes were the norm, not running or walking shoes that most nurses use as their work shoes now. Uniforms were only in white. I remember hating the nurses cap because it got caught on curtains and anything else in the way. Doctors were "GOD" and don't you forget it and actually question an order. Night shift we actually could read or due knitting, crocheting etc, in between patient care. No aide ever questioned being told to answer a light that wasn't theirs or tohelp someone else. We actually still all worked together as a team and not as individuals afraid to do something more than someone else, after all we were all there to help the patient. I started nursing in 1983 but may be mixing some of my memories with those of being an aide which I was since 1974.

    Someone asked about sugar in wounds. I don't know if this was answered. We used to use sugar, milk of magnesia and betadine to make a paste to treat bedsores and it worked better than most of what we used now. I think it helped to promote granualtion of the wound and improved circulation. I know that we also used to tape a plastic bag over a wound and put an O2 cannula through a small hole in it to give oxygen therapy to the wound which encouraged circulation. Again It worked very well to heal the wounds. I know that they stopped the betadine because of allergies and I think they were afraid of the sugar drawing bugs.

    Adding to what I remember, is hospital corners on the beds that were made fresh everyday. No fitted sheets, and the sheets were all crisp white sheets. If they got a stain or a tear they weren't used anymore. Every pateint got a bath followed by a freshly made bed every day.

    I also remember you had a patient load that allowed you to spend time with your pateint and their family and actually be able to answer the questions that they had.
  5. by   CaseManager1947
    I remember... glass syringes, they came in these metal containers that they were sterilized in... i also remember gastric suction using a wangensteen set -up, whata mess. i also remember rotating tourniquets for CHF, and diluting morphine tablets for injection of morphine!! We learned how to do it in NS, but were told "you'll never really have to do that". HA.
    I remember my first nursing job ($3.25 per hour) me one LPN and two aides for 35 patients, second shift. I worked medical floor, had everyone from babies to elders. Anyone ever have patients in the hall, behind a screen??
    New MI with no monitors, no drips. Oh yes, and those gawd awful med trays, with the dumb little cards. Anyone ever give OJ, castor oil, and baking soda for prep for x-rays. I'm here to tell ya, RESULTS !! When I worked in OR, cleaning out suction tubings, repacking for sterilization.UGH.
    We used to re-cycle everything in that OR. OH well I'm rambling, but those were the days, huh1
  6. by   RNSue
    LoriAlabamaRN, Thanks for resurrecting the post I started on 12/12/00. It was fun remembering things from back then. Allnurses even included it in one of their newsletters. I have one more: "I Remember When..." the level of professionalism was much higher. We took our jobs seriously. Sure, we had moments of fun with our co-workers and the patients even, but nothing like the unprofessionalism going on now. It seems the newer nurses are quick to talk back, argue about advice and just generally show no respect for nurses with triple or quadruple the years of experience that they have. They are quick to dismiss any wisdom or words of advice, even about patient care issues. They don't know that we have been around since before DRGs and the business model for healthcare were initiated. Very few of them keep up with nursing news or new legislation, even when it could benefit them. They don't even read nursing journals. I miss the discussions we used to have during downtime. I have worked on some units where the main topic of conversations is what new clothes they bought recently, what newest piece of jewelry their husbands have just bought for them, and what vacation they are going to take. Which are all interesting topics, but THAT IS ALL THEY TALK ABOUT. They have their heads in the sand and don't even know it. I have read alot of articles about what needs to be done to "FIX" the working environment for nurses. What these experts don't realize is that we HAD the right environment at one time. I miss those days.
  7. by   Jamesdotter
    I graduated in 1961 and remember most of the things mentioned. Also, I remember 7-bed and 9-bed wards, women or men only floors (county hospital), No tvs and No phones. You could really do a lot of teaching because you could get their undivided attention and in the large wards you had a large class!
  8. by   White Shoes
    I graduated in 1982... back then, we used to use an air-tube system (like they use in the drive through windows at banks) to send our orders to the pharmacy- no fax machines, no computer.

    Remember the multiple cubby holes above the nursing station- each containing a different lab slip for each separate lab ordered?

    Oh, and the first time we found out that health benefits required co-pays or didn't have 100% coverage! Nobody was happy with that.

    How about restraints in LTC? Everywhere you looked there were vests, belts, and "go- betweens" to keep people in their w/cs so they wouldn't try to stand or slide out and fall. I now work in a restraint-free facility, and we hardly have any falls, although I would have never dreamed this was possible when they first came out with the new regulations banning restraints. (We don't use side-rails, either, unless deemed medically necessary for the resident to assist with turning after a stroke, etc. Even then, the rail is more like a very short grab-bar.)

    I remember our nursing instructor telling us never, never, never use gloves with residents unless they were in isolation because it may make them feel alienated or like they were being treated like they were "dirty" and thus cause psychological trauma.

    This is a fun thread. It has been neat to read all of the responses.

    White Shoes
  9. by   Agnus
    [QUOTE=spacenurse] Yes three glass bottles connected by glass tubing in black rubber stoppers. /QUOTE]
    Called a Wagenstein (sp?) Funny I was just thinking about these this morning.
  10. by   MLMRN1120
    I'll be graduating as a new RN in May 09. I have enjoyed so much reading these posts about "the good old days". Even though I have virtually no experience aside from clinicals in school, I have seen how impersonal nursing can seem sometimes. It's sad that I will probably never experience the type of teamwork and camaraderie that those before me have. That being said, I am still excited about beginning a nursing career. Keep the posts coming, I love this thread!
  11. by   zamboni
    What a fun thread! I love hearing about how things were done in previous eras. While I was reading it, I had the thought, "What will I do or what skill will I perform tonight that will be considered absurd and outdated tomorrow?"
  12. by   cursenurse
    I remember when years ago if one of the residents in LTC was having TIA or stroke sx we were told not to send them to the er because, there is nothing that can be done.
  13. by   Jamesdotter
    [QUOTE=Agnus;1792614]
    Quote from spacenurse
    Yes three glass bottles connected by glass tubing in black rubber stoppers. /QUOTE]
    Called a Wagenstein (sp?) Funny I was just thinking about these this morning.
    Wangensteen (I looked it up). I remember tripping over the darn things because it was hard to maneuver around them in a 7-bed ward. The curtains and the glass bottles (except the ones on the floor) all hung from the same metal rods. Another reason to be happy my cap now lives in a cupboard!

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