Let's play I Remember When..... - page 7

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   MrsMommaRN
    i love this post. the original started over 8 years ago. keep them coming. i love it!!
  2. by   pggrn
    Does anyone "remember when" you went to the hospital you used to get an enema about as quickly as they now days ask for your insurance card?
  3. by   ellakate
    What do I remember?

    Regarding those enemata, I can't even remember how many I did. First on evening shift, the poor lambs got their MgCitrate and clear liquids. At bedtime, they got the first enema. A second was given after a dulcolax suppository starting at 5 am. Clear meant clear. The color of tea was permitted, if clear.

    Running 12 lead rhythm strips every 2 hours on Intermediate Care

    Hospital or facility sponsored holiday parties at nice hotels.

    Recognition pins.

    Unit Dose Pharmacy system.

    Retirement parties.
  4. by   mizfradd
    I can remember when hospitals across the USA (up until the late '70's) would use a blind man or woman in the radiology unit to develop films. It was not uncommon to see the blind person with a badge ID walking along with their seeing-eye dog, also with a name badge, in the hospital or in the cafeteria.
    It provided jobs for them....until the advent of digital imaging.
  5. by   husker_rn
    I remember a time of no gloves...finger cots instead and not for everything either. I remember when rooms did not have bathrooms and we used commodes if they couldn't get down the hall. And taping body parts, i.e. butt cheeks to bedrails and using heat lamps for wound healing. And I got pretty good at cupping and postural drainage. Not to mention stainless steel reusable pitchers, and cups and urinals and bedpans sterilized with the dependable autoclave.
  6. by   OldnurseRN
    I remember my starting pay was $8.65 an hour. I worked nights on a 15 bed oncology unit, with one LPN and sometimes a CNA, who could sleep standing up against the wall of a dark hallway, LOL. I remember when "pant-suit" uniforms were FINALLY allowed, albeit with stict limitations to style. I remember mixing the pre-hydrations, the chemo, giving it, mixing the Mannitol into the post-hydration. We sedated the patients so when they had N/V they had amnesia for the event. We tied them in bed with Posey vests and got them up every 2 hours to void. I remember the pride of our work on our small "specialty" unit, the gratitude of the patients, the closeness of relationships with them and their families. I remember the sorrow and the honor of sitting with them when their final minutes came. I miss those days of nursing. It was total patient care. I think alot was lost when the big acute care units opened and our specialties blended to the ordinary.
  7. by   ~Mi Vida Loca~RN
    What a great thread, I really enjoyed reading most of it. In lecture yesterday our instructor was just telling us how working night shifts all the patients would be asleep and nurses and dr's would all be hanging out at the nurses station smoking.
  8. by   mizfradd
    Here's another trip down Nostalgia Lane...how about back when hospitals had their own I.V. therapy Dept. RN's?
    How many of you nurses still lament that loss? They rocked!!! :rckn:
  9. by   JBudd
    I told some of my students about taping butt cheeks up to the side rails, or elevating swollen testes that way. They weren't sure they believed me, but all the guys were horrified (and wincing).

    We used those new fangled hair blow dryers to dry the betadine onto reddened heels and coccyxes (cocci?) to prevent complete breakdown.

    The cocaine sitting on top of the crash cart on L&D for nose bleeds.

    Full name and diagnosis on the board for all to see. We were cautioned not to write SOB next to "mom's" name, we had to write it out.

    Prisoners in beds on the general multibed ward, with a leg shackle to one corner of the bed. No guards. Had the guy sit up in a chair to change the linens, and had to keep stepping over the chain as you moved around the bed.
  10. by   RNman09
    Wow what an interesting thread. It's good to read about how things were done back then. I know it's a nine year old thread but it is an interesting to a new RN.
  11. by   Up2nogood RN
    Quote from mizfradd
    Here's another trip down Nostalgia Lane...how about back when hospitals had their own I.V. therapy Dept. RN's?
    How many of you nurses still lament that loss? They rocked!!! :rckn:
    We STILL have an IV therapy department. We just love those RN's here! If they got rid of IV therapy I'd quit for sure.
    Back to I remember when...
    Working as a cna without gloves, posey vests, hoppers for rinsing linen (lost many wascloths down there haha), and the good ole autoclaves.
  12. by   JDZ344
    I am going to bump this thread and say that here in the NHS, we still do:
    - have pillows facing away from the door (why? The reason is lost in time!)
    - "Hospital corners" on the beds.
    - The RNs mix their own IVs.
    - We still have windows that open (but they have been restricted to opening to just 2 inches now where I work)
    - The RNs still calculate drip rates as there are never enough pumps to go around.
    - We still do 2-4 hourly "back rounds" where we turn, change patients who need it.
    - Hair still has to be above the collar.
    - We have the central nursing station.

    It's really interesting how things used to be done just 30-40 years ago!
  13. by   Rnandsoccermom
    -IM pain medication "Demerol and Vistaril q4 hours IM for pain

    -Routinely giving iron via z-tract injection.

    -Conservative management of a GI bleeder-they all came up from the ER with coffee ground emesis and you had to start an IV and sink a Salem sump. They almost always vomitted on you somewhere and you could never get that out of your uniform.

    -Having to carry your needles out of the room to the med cart and cut the needle with the needle box.

    -Reading the accu check off of the glucostrip bottle.

    -Putting the BP cuff on a bag of PRBC's and inflating it to run in a unit of blood faster.

    -Venting your Bentley bottle with a needle to maintain suction.

    Ahhh the good old days.....

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