Nursing: Then and Now - page 17

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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 sharpeimom
    Our hospital still puts a copy of our local morning paper on each breakfast tray.

    Wow, I wanna be there! Or is that crummy USA Today like you get in the hotels? Well, I never! I gotta follow Mary Worth!

    Gomco was the name of the company that made the suction gadgets. They got called gomcos the way Kleenex got called kleenex.

    I remember as nurses aide (waaaaaay before certification) I would get half a dozen glass liters of saline, six glass ampules of something or other (can't remember), and a syringe. I would unscrew the tops to the bottles, draw up the stuff, inject one amp into each bottle, and then screw the tops on again. They went to the bedside and got screw-on drip tubing for bladder irrigation. I was a nursing student and I did know about sterile technique, and there was only one RN and me for 26 bedridden old ladies, but still ...
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    Bumping this up for Nurses Week. It's always fun and interesting to look where've we've been as nurses and think about where we are going.
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    This is SO cool. More! More! (Please! )
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    Technology has helped nursing progress but the care is not as good as 30 years ago!!! We also lost respect when we stopped with hats n white. We never worried about getting sued. We had less pt so good give better care. Hospitals were clean!!
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    Does anyone else remember cleaning thermometers? After vital signs were taken on the floor thermometers were cleaned of any matter and soaked in alcohol or benzylkonium chloride. In four hours or when vital signs were due again, they were dried, placed in a cute little tray and passed around the floor again. Seems abhorrent looking back from today's world, doesn't it?
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    Anybody remember something called an "ortho prep"? Pts were admitted days before surgery (no such thing as PAT) and on the night before the ortho surgery we had to do the prep on 11-7.

    The site, usually a limb, would be shaved and scrubbed and it was sterile technique. After the prep, the limb would be wrapped in sterile linens.
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    And I remember HATING Sunday nite/Monday mornings. Major POOP time. All the barium enemas preps were done for Monday morning testing. Pure torture that prep of liquid diets days, mag citrate, dulcolax tabs and then a dulcolax sup in the AM. Code browns and falls!!!

    The GI/GB prep for tests was easier, but I HATED working the weekends when I had to because of that prep.
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    Quote from Sherriblu
    Technology has helped nursing progress but the care is not as good as 30 years ago!!! We also lost respect when we stopped with hats n white. We never worried about getting sued. We had less pt so good give better care. Hospitals were clean!!
    I don't know about you worrying about getting sued thirty years ago, but it certainly crossed MY mind. Not only did the schools warn against it, but our employers talked about "suit proofing" your care. We lost respect not when we gave up the white caps and white uniforms, but when we started letting management and "customer service" dictate nursing care. Thirty years ago, I had 15 patients on the day shift and 30 at night on a Med/Surg floor -- the ratios are better now. And I remember hospitals that were clean, but I also remember the housekeepers sitting around smoking pot in the linen rooms while the feces dripped down the walls of the patient bathrooms.
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    35 years . Male nurses where rare. .. Started ward nursing.. Yes "head nurse" usually had tattoos. And smoked unfiltered cigarettes, and butted out in their palms.. Oh god they where tough no nonsense women
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    Retiring next year after critical care, flight nursing. What a career. Not a job.. A career.so proud to have been a nurse
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