Nursing: Then and Now - page 4

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   sharpeimom
    Quote from tnbutterfly




    Ah yes..........Clinic brand shoes. I remember them well.
    I've shared this elsewhere on allnurses. On one of my earliest first job evaluations when I hastily polished my white Clinics, I didn't take time to dip my laces in Clorox.

    It was just that one time, but all that was written on that week's probationary eval was "Katherine does not polish her laces when she polishes her shoes."
  2. by   tnbutterfly
    Quote from sharpeimom
    I've shared this elsewhere on allnurses. On one of my earliest first job evaluations when I hastily polished my white Clinics, I didn't take time to dip my laces in Clorox.

    It was just that one time, but all that was written on that week's probationary eval was "Katherine does not polish her laces when she polishes her shoes."
    LOL.

    Do you think nurses today even think about dipping their laces in Clorox much less polish their shoes........or clogs.......or whatever. HA HA HA
  3. by   madwife2002
    Quote from tnbutterfly
    LOL.

    Do you think nurses today even think about dipping their laces in Clorox much less polish their shoes........or clogs.......or whatever. HA HA HA

  4. by   SNB1014
    Quote from merlee
    - Blood pressure devices (sphygmamonometers) had real mercury in them



    - Chest tubes got 'milked/stripped', either by hand or with strippers



    More later!
    *middle school giggles*!!!!!/ thats what she said!!!!!!
    ok ok, im done now, time to appreciate how my profession has grown, evolved and of course, gone back to basics! :-)
  5. by   SNB1014
    may i create a sub-post within this post???

    what are the old school nursing things you WISH you could still use?
    and "what EBP nursing care that you gave tonight, do you predict will be out of touch in 5 years???

    this is not to shame, it to learn!!!!
  6. by   SNB1014
    nowadays, dp the MD apreciate the RN trying to round on their patient together? or it is more, im Meds, your Nursing, lets do our own thing???
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    I absolutely love hearing stories from my seasoned co-workers. One that comes to mind is they tell me they used to foil TPN all the way from the bag to the tubing to protect it from light along with other meds. I smile at the mental picture.
  8. by   Pepper The Cat
    Quote from SNB1014
    may i create a sub-post within this post???what are the old school nursing things you WISH you could still use?
    As I said earlier, I think we need to return to the old style of isolation. Double bagging everything. Pts stayed in the rooms. I think there would be much fewer " outbreaks"
  9. by   amoLucia
    Remember the old linen chute with the hanging key that was in the hall??? When you put the dirty linen in, it would vacuum 'whoosh' down - just hope you didn't mix anything into the dirty laundry as it was now GONE!

    And the higher floor you were on, the greater the vacuum 'shoosh' was.
  10. by   amoLucia
    Oh yeah, just remembered too, that when the fire bells went off, someone was suppposed to tape the chute shut. Had a big role of 2 inch surgical tape hanging next to the key. Was part of the fire drill protocol.
  11. by   SweettartRN
    Quote from Pepper The Cat
    As I said earlier, I think we need to return to the old style of isolation. Double bagging everything. Pts stayed in the rooms. I think there would be much fewer " outbreaks"

    When they stop letting patients run the show then perhaps this is a reasonable request.
  12. by   Good Morning, Gil
    My question is: how did nurses have time to smoke back in the day? lol

    I always call patients Mr or Miss ______ unless they prefer something else or are my age or younger. I'm in my 20's; is this not standard practice? I think it's rude to call someone 50 years older than me by his/her first name.
  13. by   nursel56
    Just had to come back and add another one --- "then" you waited for ☞6 weeks☜ for the results of your "state boards" - (pre-cursor to the NCLEX) so I get amused when people freak out if they don't get "the good pop-up" in a few days.

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