Nursing: Then and Now - page 14

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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 merlee

    - The class before mine was the last class required to wear girdles!!!

    OMG! I've never heard this before! How barbaric!
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    Quote from amoLucia
    The old saying is that 'NECESSITY is the mother of invention'. I hold that it really is nursing.

    We all have so, so many 'tricks of the trade' that help us overcome difficulties with equipment or lack of supplies. Remember before we had the precut gtube/trach dressings. We would just chevron-type fold 4x4s. And I've made my own Montgomery straps to help secure wound dressings. I just think it's amazing how experience from the 'old days' so freq helps us out in a pinch!

    Anyone remember scultetus (sp?) binders - the old fabric ones?
    Scultetus binders...oh my YES! Bellies that looked like braided bread. The patients seemed to have so much more support though.

    Harris drips for post op ileus with gas pains.

    Wasn't there a span of several years sometime in the late 80's that everyone in the NH seemed to get sprays of granulex to one bony prominence or another? And it stained white uniforms permanently!
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    Good grief. I remember when patients used to stay in the hospital after surgery for a week, at least. Now you have to be almost dying to stay for that long. I have a friend who was discharged the day after a total knee replacement, and another the day after a bilateral mastectomy. Before you know it, we will have drive-thru windows for surgery. LOL

    And now with Obama Care......well that is a topic for another thread. But we all know that insurance coverage has really dictated many changes.
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    Just thought of the old metal plate addressographs that we used to stamp chart records, charge slips etc. I remember once being so annoyed that I was having to stamp a new, late-admission chart. I was just slamming that thing absent-mindedly when I slammed my thumb under the top press. Boy, did I see stars --- no fractures but I did break the skin. Got my first tetanus shot that shift.
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    Quote from amoLucia
    Just thought of the old metal plate addressographs that we used to stamp chart records, charge slips etc. I remember once being so annoyed that I was having to stamp a new, late-admission chart. I was just slamming that thing absent-mindedly when I slammed my thumb under the top press. Boy, did I see stars --- no fractures but I did break the skin. Got my first tetanus shot that shift.
    I remember that thing! You could really vent some frustration with it. Ka WHAM! Ka WHAM!
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    In nursing school, we were lucky enough to have our own home health patients, we would go out in pairs to see them. One of our patients was a retired nurse in her 80s, and this was in the mid 1990s. We would always spend a long time with her, just talking. She had great stories! Like how they would prepare baby formula, setting milk aside and letting the cream rise to the top. She got in trouble with her DON because she purchased 3 new uniforms when she was hired. Her supervisor came to her and told her they were too short, so she let the hems out. They then told her that it wasn't enough, that she should put false hems on them. Everyone was very scandalized that her ankles were showing!


    It really amuses me, because we had a bit of an upheaval in our unit because some of the younger girls were coming to work wearing skin-tight babydoll T shirts instead of scrub tops, and several of them also usually had a thong visible above their scrub pants. They were counseled over these issues, and none of us got to wear t shirts ever again (we had cute unit t shirts, most of us wore them loosely fitting). Wow, how things have changed.
    Last edit by monkeybug on Dec 3, '12 : Reason: add something
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    monkeybug, your comments about Home Health patients while in nursing school reminded me of a few things.

    Back in the dark ages when I was a student, we called it Community Health. We had little navy blue bags we took with us. And one of the important items was newspaper......to place under our bags before we sat them down. Does anyone else remember that?

    Community Health was not one of my favorite rotations.....I guess because of some of the interesting experiences I had.

    I remember one male patient I had to see. He was a psych patient who lived way out in the boonies. I think I got lost trying to find his house. When I arrived, I found a huge old house that looked like something from the Twilight Zone. He was out in the yard......which is good. Gave me the opportunity for a quick escape.

    He had an axe in his hand. He said he had been working in the yard. But I was so scared. I thought for certain I would end up on the front page of the newspaper as a missing person or as the victim of a mass-murdering crazy man. LOL

    He told me that he was worried about "Those people" who were trying to spy on him......that they had put satellites in his back yard and he was trying to find them. Needless to say....... I did not hang around there very long. And I was so glad that I didn't have to got back.

    Ah....yes the memories of the 'Good Ol Days".........
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    Quote from tnbutterfly
    monkeybug, your comments about Home Health patients while in nursing school reminded me of a few things.

    Back in the dark ages when I was a student, we called it Community Health. We had little navy blue bags we took with us. And one of the important items was newspaper......to place under our bags before we sat them down. Does anyone else remember that?

    Community Health was not one of my favorite rotations.....I guess because of some of the interesting experiences I had.

    I remember one male patient I had to see. He was a psych patient who lived way out in the boonies. I think I got lost trying to find his house. When I arrived, I found a huge old house that looked like something from the Twilight Zone. He was out in the yard......which is good. Gave me the opportunity for a quick escape.

    He had an axe in his hand. He said he had been working in the yard. But I was so scared. I thought for certain I would end up on the front page of the newspaper as a missing person or as the victim of a mass-murdering crazy man. LOL

    He told me that he was worried about "Those people" who were trying to spy on him......that they had put satellites in his back yard and he was trying to find them. Needless to say....... I did not hang around there very long. And I was so glad that I didn't have to got back.

    Ah....yes the memories of the 'Good Ol Days".........
    As recently as 7-8 years ago, we did the same thing! Fortunately, we always worked in pairs, so there wasn't just one of us there. We never did the newspaper thing, though.
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    Yeah.....I didn't like Community nursing AT ALL!!!!!!! We had to go in some pretty scary places to see the elderly in some pretty famous housing projects. I was very young, had a LOT of bravado and not a TON of brains.

    But it all worked out! I wouldn't let my daughter do the same thing today....NO WAY....people are just different now.
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    I have one with a different patch but the same exact candy striped jumper as sirI. I got mine in 1981. I also have the cap too!
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