Nursing: Then and Now - page 9

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. Visit  bellcollector} profile page
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    My youngest is 25 and I remember my MD having a cigarette hanging out of his mouth.
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  3. Visit  trufflelilyRN} profile page
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    I can remember washing gloves, placing them on a drying rack, and checking them for leaks before they were autoclaved. I remember cleaning glass syringes and sharpening needles. Catheters were soaked, cleaned and placed in a hot water sterilizer. If a new medication was needed, the "team leader" had a key to the pharmacy and got the medication. Glass thermometers were kept together in a small tray, used, soaked in alcohol, rinsed, dried and placed in the tray to be used again. No individual thermometers at that time. Rectal thermometers had a red tip and a separate section in the tray. Gloves were never used in patient care--well, maybe for a fecal impaction. LOL
  4. Visit  trufflelilyRN} profile page
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    Who else worked in a TB san? Remember what we used to do with TB patients? Lots of fresh air. Gruesome surgical procedures. Isoniazid was brand new. Ten years. . .TB sans were gone.
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  5. Visit  amoLucia} profile page
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    I actually did clysis (done when routine IV access wasn't available).

    And NG feedings of REAL FOOD. It was the 24 hour diet menu blenderized by dietary dept and sent up to the floor in a huge mayo jar. We had a presecribed amount of formula to be poured out, mixed with water to thin it, and then to be administered in several boluses at specific times. Each pt had his own big blenderized jar, based on a Physician-ordered, REAL 2400 or 1800 cal, or bland diet (whatever was ordered). And we KNEW what was served on the regular trays that day, as we could "see" spaghetti red sauce, or "smell" cabbage, etc.

    Now we have Ensure, Glucerna, Osmolyte, etc.

    And I too, remember the glass thermometers soaking in alcohol in the little metal trays. And when CNAs made up 'linen packs' for the day shift to start.

    Oh, the good 'ole days...
  6. Visit  huneni05} profile page
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    Oh lucky you...where I come from, we do not use past tense in most of those!!!
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  7. Visit  turnforthenurseRN} profile page
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    This is such a neat thread!
  8. Visit  Pepper The Cat} profile page
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    [QUOTE=amoLucia;7011303]I actually did clysis ...[/]We still do clysis. We find it is an effective way of hydrating the elderly who have poor venous access.
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  9. Visit  monkeybug} profile page
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    I just thought of another one. Years ago, nurses were not allowed to check a patient's cervix vaginally do to the risk of infection, nurses could only check rectally. I have spoken with an older nurse who said you really could tell when they got complete, but I seriously doubt I could distinguish 2cm from 3cm that way.
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  10. Visit  tnbutterfly} profile page
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    Hello heegagee.

    You might try posting in the FL Nursing forum to see if any of our FL members have any suggestions.
  11. Visit  dirtyhippiegirl} profile page
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    Kind of sad-face that the several other threads in this vein (some dating back 10-plus years) weren't linked.
  12. Visit  tnbutterfly} profile page
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    Quote from dirtyhippiegirl
    Kind of sad-face that the several other threads in this vein (some dating back 10-plus years) weren't linked.
    Feel free to copy any of those posts here. I'm sure our members would enjoy reading some of the older posts. However, many of those older threads are now closed and no longer open for comments.

    Staff is trying to continuously start new threads and articles.
  13. Visit  turnforthenurseRN} profile page
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    Quote from monkeybug
    I just thought of another one. Years ago, nurses were not allowed to check a patient's cervix vaginally do to the risk of infection, nurses could only check rectally. I have spoken with an older nurse who said you really could tell when they got complete, but I seriously doubt I could distinguish 2cm from 3cm that way.
    you can check labor progress rectally? would have never guessed...but I'm not an L&D nurse...
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  14. Visit  DoGoodThenGo} profile page
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    Use of the word "appears".

    Nurses couldn't come out and state an event occured and or pronouce a patient's illness or condition, that was considered medical diagnosis and reserved strictly for physicans. You could get your head handed to you on plate by any MD from an intern to attending if they didn't like what they overheard or read in nurse's notes regarding their patient. At best a physican would complain to supervisors and have you taken off caring for his patient, at worse it was the dreaded FTV (Float,Transfer, Vacation) until the offended MD relented and could stand the sight of you again.

    So nurses simply wrote "appears" in front of their observations when charting and or conversations. Instead of saying someone was dead, it went "pt appears to have ceased respiratory activity".

    Thing is that often nurses knew what they were speaking about and noticed early signs of disease or conditions that if treated could nip things in the bud. Scores if not hundreds of patients probably had adverse reactions and or simply died because physicans either refused to read nurse's notes and or took offense that a *mere* nurse was observing and by extension diagnosis.


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