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Nursing: Then and Now - page 7

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

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    I still have my cape.

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    Suctioning newborn trachea: Would bite a hole in my face mask, insert one end of Delee trap in my mouth, insert other end in babe's trachea, and suck. More times than I can count, would get secretions (meconium/amniotic fluid) in my mouth. Spit, and continue.

    Scrubbing in OR and saving time: After 10 minute scrub, don cloth gown and sterile gloves. After surgery, you did not take off gown/gloves. Washed off body fluids/blood, etc, ate your lunch. That way, you didn't have to do a full 10 minute scrub for the next case because you were still considered sterile.
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    Quote from merlee
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    - The class before mine was the last class required to wear girdles!!!
    And, if you did not wear a girdle, you were sent home.
  3. Visit  tnbutterfly profile page
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    LOL. I never was required to wear a girdle. But there weren't any pantyhose back then.


    I never had one of those cool-looking nurse capes, sirI.
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  4. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from sirI
    And, if you did not wear a girdle, you were sent home.
    Know "nice girls don't giggle", but the mind reels as to what method was used to determine what one did or did not have on in terms of undergarments. Suppose it was the hold house-mother trick that involved using a thumb.

    Whilst were on the subject of vintage uniforms .... Looking Fashionable in All-White Nursing Uniforms
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  5. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page
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    Quote from tnbutterfly
    LOL. I never was required to wear a girdle. But there weren't any pantyhose back then.


    I never had one of those cool-looking nurse capes, sirI.
    Next to vintage nurses caps the second "in" thing seems to be those capes. Don't know who is wearing them but just as with caps they are going for big money on eBay and elsewhere. Perhaps it has something to do with the recent explosion of "Twilight" and other vampire related media.

    SirI you could always don your cape and swoop down the halls scaring the students! *LOL*
  6. Visit  monkeybug profile page
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    I participated in a webinar this morning on the subject of Preterm Labor presented by March of Dimes. The doctor discuss old methods of tocolysis, including IV alcohol. I actually work with a couple of older nurses who remember doing this for preterm patients. Sounds like a lot more fun that MgSO4!
  7. Visit  monkeybug profile page
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    In nursing school we had to wear white uniforms, and because the dresses were much cheaper than the pants and tunic option, I got to wear dresses. Knee length, and straight, they were totally impractical. It was almost impossible to get things off the floor without appearing lewd. It did look rather professional, though, I have to admit, with the white hose and proper white shoes. One memorable day, an elderly "gentleman" exposed himself to me and then cackled about it. I was rather flustered and upset. An hour or so later, I bent over to pick up his CPM for his knee replacement. The bell of my stethoscope caught the hem of my dress and WHOOPS! I bared everything from the waist down. He got a nice view of proper nude colored panties encased in white hose. My instructor just looked at me and said, "Guess you got him back for exposing himself."

    I have worn dresses at other times in my career. I had a cute A-line jumper that came to mid shin. Very comfortable, and very modest. It was long enough and full enough that I could do anything I needed to do without baring anything. I hated it when it finally was too worn to wear, and I've never been able to find another one. I have seen a nice maxi scrub skirt in the Uniform Advantage catalog that I'm seriously considering. Now that I'm doing public health, I don't have to worry about crawling under beds to retrieve Foley bags and climbing up on top of beds to move patients.
  8. Visit  Silverdragon102 profile page
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    I still have my cape and it comes down to my knees. We had a choice of knee length or thigh length.
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  9. Visit  madwife2002 profile page
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    I could see you floating down the corridors in the UK with your cape on and your hat!
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  10. Visit  OB-nurse2013 profile page
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    "Nurses had to calculate the drip rate using the second hand on their watch and a roller clamp to regulate the flow"

    Knowing how to manually (or mentally) calcuate drip rates and regulate flow is skill that IMHO all nurses should know and keep keen upon. You never know where your practice will take you and or under what conditions you will be nursing.

    Everthing from terrorist attacks and natural disasters to simply a poorly run facility, you'll never know when you're going to be short of even absent of pumps and going to have to go "old school".
    I am a senior student and have enjoyed reading through these posts tremendously as I think about my entrance into nursing which will hopefully be very soon. I just wanted to let you know we are taught how to calculate drip rates and must be validated on them. I also had a patient at the hospital in my second med-surg clinical that wasn't hooked up to a pump and although the bag had the drip rate on it my instructor made me calculate it myself first before hanging and adjusting it appropriately
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  11. Visit  sirI profile page
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    Next to vintage nurses caps the second "in" thing seems to be those capes. Don't know who is wearing them but just as with caps they are going for big money on eBay and elsewhere. Perhaps it has something to do with the recent explosion of "Twilight" and other vampire related media.

    SirI you could always don your cape and swoop down the halls scaring the students! *LOL*
    DoGoodThenGo, I didn't need my cape to scare the students. It helped, however.
  12. Visit  sirI profile page
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    Quote from Silverdragon102
    I still have my cape and it comes down to my knees. We had a choice of knee length or thigh length.
    I never thought about the lengths. I wonder if that is the difference in countries, Silver?
  13. Visit  sirI profile page
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    Quote from monkeybug
    I participated in a webinar this morning on the subject of Preterm Labor presented by March of Dimes. The doctor discuss old methods of tocolysis, including IV alcohol. I actually work with a couple of older nurses who remember doing this for preterm patients. Sounds like a lot more fun that MgSO4!
    Oh, and talk about some very drunk patients on the IV alcohol.
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