Nursing: Then and Now - page 14

Looking back to when I was in nursing school, and then starting my nursing career, I remember many things that are no longer in use, or things that have transformed over the years. Gone are the days... Read More

  1. by   Coldncanada
    Retiring next year after critical care, flight nursing. What a career. Not a job.. A proud to have been a nurse
  2. by   trufflelilyRN
    Perhaps it varied in parts of the country, but as an RN I carried malpractice in the early 1970s. In school it was stressed that we should do so.
  3. by   kmerr10347
    No such thing as ultrasound in OB. We would use Leopold Maneuver to assess fetal position before preforming an amnio in the treatment room.
  4. by   Texas86RN
    I love to hear past stories of nursing, and how things were done then, I always ask senior nurses about stuff when I meet one, when I first began nursing we had paper charts and a kardex
  5. by   FredZuti-Lewis
    Like you, I have been in nursing since 1982, my first year as an orderly, for you whipper snappers, that was a male nurse's aide. I trained for 3 days with my mentor, and on the fourth day, was asked to take the assignment, much to my shock, the floor was short that day! I graduated from my training in 1983 as a proud LPN. I was blessed to train in a program that taught at more of an RN level. How many times have I heard a new grad RN say "The difference between an RN and an LPN is the RN knows why". Funny, that's what we were told all those years ago, but then, the LPN knew why, the nursing aide knew how. We had line up before our clinicals, and your shoes had better have been white, your uniform clean and pressed, no fancy jewelry, and God forbid your fingernails trimmed so you couldn't see them from the palm side of your hand! No gloves, only for sterile procedures. Fingercots for suppositories, etc. We were taught your hands washed, and you would make your patient feel even more ill if you approached them with gloves on.
    The biggest change has been the loss of the professionalism in nursing. How often do I hear "F" bombs by peers and management, even on the floor! New grads come with college degrees, and can't nurse their way out of cardboard box! They need weeks of orientation to even function on the floors. They approach us "old farts" for help with staffing issues, critical patients, policy and procedures, yet are supervising us, and making a heck of a lot more money than we. What is wrong with nurses? Why is it in most fields you work your way up in a company. Not in nursing! I still am a PROUD LPN, proud of my battle scars, proud of my profession, proud of the many fellow nurses and aides I have worked with and for. I have wiped fannies, held dying peoples hands till they cease to breath, held their loved ones in my arms and comforted them. I have coached my sister through 2 births, have intervened when needed to settle disputes between family members and the physicians. I have managed floors in 4 different nursing homes over the course of my 32+ years, conferring with MD's, NP's, PHD's, RN's, etc etc. My state surveys/audits were all great. Was the Infection control nurse/employee health nurse at a facility for over 4 years, in that time organized a mess to have the preemployment requirements on track, wrote policies on and helped educate the staff on Standard precautions, was audited by OSHA and passed with flying colors, created and wrote policy for skin care and pressure ulcer prevention still in use today! I have left the management circus now, enjoying my tenure on a short term rehab unit. It is too difficult these days to be in management unless you have at least your bachelor's degree in nursing. I do not. I lived through the school of hard knocks. I continue to go to work and make a point to learn something every day! My life has never given me the opportunity to go back to school. But I still have RNs asking "how" or "help!", and when they do, I smile.
  6. by   puricandy
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Having graduated from a Catholic diploma school in 1971 I remember all these things as common practise.we had an instructor, WW2 vet that taught us how to bathe from a helmet and a trach using a pen. She was sure one of her girls were going to be military. The sisters controlled everything! They handed out the linen packs, the trays. A great many sisters were in classes with us and went on to college and became our administrators. It was a culture shock to go to another hospital and see how it was done elsewhere.
  7. by   Nonyvole
    Quote from tnbutterfly
    At least I didn't have to wear one of these hats.

    They look like dunce hats........ Or witch hats. Actually, some of these nurses look like scary witches. LOL
    That looks like the uniform that my school used to have!

    And I was taught how to calculate drips and then adjust the flow on the roller clamp. As a paramedic, not in nursing school!
  8. by   rita359
    Oxygen tents that patients put the tent portion back, smoked their cigarette, then put themselves back in all the time with oxygen flowing.

    No phones in the rooms but pts could pay for one.

  9. by   rita359
    Castor oil preps for barium enemas. One part castor oil, glass of orange juice and some baking soda. Drink swiftly.
  10. by   trufflelilyRN
    No amino, no US, no Doppler. Fetal age determined by dates and when movement first felt, and X-ray to determine calcification of bone. Rectal exams to determine dilatation because vaginal exams might cause infection. No fathers, family, or labor coach with patient. Family waited in waiting room. Every new mother and babe hospitalized a minimum of three days. Nitrous oxide, saddle block, pudendal block, twilight sleep (scopolamine)!
  11. by   amoLucia
    Love the resurrection of this thread!!!!

    For those of you diploma graduates (or those who worked in a facility with a diploma program). remember the dormitory? Some of those old buildings were built at the turn of the 1900s or so. Some were so old they had community bathrooms and showers. And the lecture halls .... And there were the tunnels ...

    Remember 'THE HOUSE MOTHER". She was a person to be reckoned with!! And she carried AUTHORITY!!!

    There used to be a hierarchy of importance among nurses and students according to their respective schools of nursing. Top of the group was the graduate of that particular hospital's SON program. And let me tell you, if you had an older graduate as a pt, she was treated as an honored VIP! Once, had a 'graduate of the Class of 1912' and she was visited daily by the Administrator and CNO. Very intimidating!

    Lowest of the pecking order was a student from a nsg program that was from some college setting, particularly the associate programs (just coming into their existence). It was like the disdain from the regular nsg staff could be palpated.

    The curricula of the diploma programs sometimes had weird classes - a girlfriend had to pass SWIMMING. Her dorm had an in-house swimming pool.

    Have to admit - I did like the diploma schools caps better than mine.
  12. by   Ruby Vee
    t least I didn't have to wear one of these hats.

    They look like dunce hats........ Or witch hats. Actually, some of these nurses look like scary witches. LOL
    That's what women look like getting up at 5 AM to work the day shift and not wearing make-up.
  13. by   amoLucia
    Not one of them looked too happy!