Nursing: Then and Now - page 10

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The nursing profession, as a whole, as well as the role of the nurse have evolved dramatically over the past several decades. I personally have witnessed the changing face of nursing during my 30+ years in the profession. Gone... Read More


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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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    Quote from sirI
    I never thought about the lengths. I wonder if that is the difference in countries, Silver?
    Far as one has been able to suss out nurse's capes on this side of the pond came in both long or short styles.

    Modern Hospital - Google Books

    Have seen photos of US military nurses in both long and short capes.

    Just imagine showing up for duty looking like this! Am willing to bet by the end of eight or twelve hours you'd have tons of "digits" if not offers of marriage. *LOL*





    Every little girl wants one as well:

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    Quote from Good Morning, Gil
    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.
    Why is it rude?

    I always say, "I'm Saoirse and I'll be your nurse today. What would you like me to call you?"

    Most often I get "Betty" or "Bill", not "Mrs Jones".
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    And, I knew I still wanted to be a nurse after doing this for almost 4 years:



    Front:








    Back:








    Earned after 200 hours of volunteer work. I received a stripe on the cap after 250 hours. I was so proud of this accomplishment and it was the beginning of a life-long career in nursing later.


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    Quote from sirI
    And, I knew I still wanted to be a nurse after doing this for almost 4 years:







    I love it!

    Don't think many places still have "candy stripers" anymore, much less give them a cap! Lord knows just to volunteer at most hospitals today is almost like applying to work for pay with a long application/interview process and background checks.
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    Nuring Capes:

    On a night like tonight bet those in areas affected by hurricane Sandy would love to have a nice long nurse's cape!

    Something warm perhaps with a hood that is waterproof or at least resistant. Heavy Loden wool would do but something modern such as a nylon or other man-made outer fiber with a Thinsulate lining like a good down outer gear or things they sell for those whom do outdoor cold winter sports would work a treat.

    Just saw news footage of NYU nurses and other staff members working in the cold driving rain to transfer patients into waiting ambulances for transfer/evacuation, all wearing nothing but scrubs.
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    Quote from sistasoul
    Hi,

    I have been a nurse for 4 years. I have talked to a few nurses who had been nursing in the 70's and 80's. They all say the biggest change is that you had more time with the patient back then then now. Way more charting these days.
    Does anyone else think this is the biggest change?
    The biggest change is that in the old days, patients and their families respected the nurse. We focused on patient care, not "customer service", which means if the diabetic with the blood sugar of 600 requested ice cream, the answer was "no". And that "no" was usually respected, both by the patient and by the family. No one screamed about their "rights", no one made demands for immediate "service" despite the code going on next door. Nurses were treated like respected professionals, and patients and their families were grateful for the things we did.
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    I just love the "Call The Midwife" series. Here's a link to scene-by-scene summary and links to the whole episodes.

    The stuff of life: Watch Call the Midwife on PBS!
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    Quote from sirI
    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.
    I had a colleague in the 70s who had had many lost pregnancies, and the only tocolytic they had was IV alcohol. So they put her to bed at about 5 1/2 months on a drip, and she brought it to near-term and had her baby, finally.... but as it grew up it had what we later learned to call fetal alcohol syndrome. Not fun at all.
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