Someone turned on the 'Way Back' machine. LOL
Requisitions were composed on a typewriter.
I had one of those as a kid! I'm glad for computers. You know how many bottles of white-out I went through trying to type a page? Error after error. Back then, most who typed actually HAD to look at your fingers.
IV pumps were used only in Peds and ICU. Nurses had to calculate the drip rate using the second hand on their watch and a roller clamp to regulate the flow.
I still try to retain this skill. Actually. Why?
Anything could happen. My former occupation, radiology, has gone digital...but it's still important for techs to know how to shoot on regular film, calculate time 'techniques' by hand, process film, duplicate film without a CD and operate/troubleshoot the processer.
The system went down twice and the techs were having to do everything manually and there's a whole mess of xray techs out there who can't change processor chemicals or shoot with their own 'techniques' unless the computer's helping them out. The technology is great. Saves time and money, but it actually does tend to produce techs who are less skilled. In my opinion.
I've no idea why we were ever paid as much as we were. Not that I'm trying to be the barrier to anyone's cashflow, but...seriously. A robot could do it. A fair amt of xray techs get paid $23+/hr to robotically do their jobs to begin. That's why, to those whom I suspect of only entering nursing for the money/stability? I tell them to go straight to radiology. I'm serious.
You're not the quarterback. The nurses are. LOL Unless it's on the table, housekeeping cleans it up. You don't have to 'tap-dance' for the rude pts.
I don't see that nursing has been revolutionized to such an extent (where everyone's literally and completely dependant on technology) as xray techs, but it's something to think about.
Stay up on the old skills. You never know when they might come in handy.
"State boards were 2 grueling days of exams that were completed with number 2 pencils. No computerized tests in those days."
LOL I had to explain to one of my aunts about the process. She was kind of confused when I told her that 'the machine shut off at 85 questions'. Her brow furrowed. 'Well, when I took boards, I had 200+ questions. Ya'll do it by computers now? Hmm..."
Nurses notes and vital signs were recorded using pen with 4 colors of ink as different colors of ink were used on different shifts. Actually only 3 were used since there were 3 shifts.
Now, this I remember. Those in my family who are nurses used to always have these.
"Patients were called Mr. or Mrs."
I still do this and this still goes on. I feel weird about calling someone 20 years my senior by their first name. It just shows a complete lack of home-training (manners), in my opinion.
Nurses wore uniforms which consisted of white dresses, white hose, white lace up oxford shoes, and, of course..........white nursing caps!
I actually like 'whites'. I've always thought it very professional looking, in my opinion. I thought this way even before I became a nurse. I'm prior svc military and dress/appearance are pretty important in my eyes. 'Whites'... just scream 'authority'. Position. Nurses in whites look...'important'.
Its kind of like with medical doctors or NPs. You can tell who they are because they're always running around with a clipboard and a lab-coat over their casual professional attire... looking 'important'.
I'm just not sure how realistic it is to wear. Personally? I could imagine myself fussing (primping) with it all day...and don't let them give me a swing cape! LOL
I would be forced to 'don'... The Cape...every single day. I'd be whooshing and swinging all over the hall.
You know how I know? Again - ex-military. Sometimes, we'd have to wear our service (dress-up) uniforms. Worked in the hospital. Still...it was hard to not be conscious of your clothes with every movement. Doesn't matter what you're doing. When you're in a service dress uniform and not up to par, everyone will clock it. It was no thing to see someone within the dept stop a coworker to fix their slightly askew necktab. Crisis averted. Actually, even when it came to the old BDU's (the battle green).
"What? No creases...?" *rolls eyes in disgust*
Military folk do fuss with their uniforms. It's just done in a very serious and 'manly' way. LOL
Or, they 'did'. The new uniforms don't require much. It's actually pretty difficult to look a mess in them, but some do the impossible and manage to pull it off.
Then, there's the subject of dirt. I wore a white top and 2 hours into my shift, I had:
- blood on the back (from where a resident grabbed to alert me that they'd scratched themselves)
- chocolate pudding down the front. I was trying to lift a resident and got it all over my shirt. (it was pudding, FYI. Not pooh...although that's happened, too)
- dots of Prostat and depakene on the bottom of the shirt. I just said 'the hell with it' and wiped my hands on my shirt/pants. It was already DIRTY!