You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 12

You know you're an older nurse if: 1. You remember working with nurses who wore caps. :nurse: 2. You remember nurses (and doctors) sitting at the nurses station drinking coffee and smoking... Read More

  1. by   RNHawaii34
    Quote from cheshirecat
    Treating pressure sore with egg white and oxygen.

    wow!
  2. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from Nancy Nurse 8
    *Remember colored uniforms at some hosps., denoting position? White for RN, light blue for CNA, yellow for housekeeping.
    *After giving an IM, you'd poke it into the mattress for a minute til you were ready to recap it.
    *Hyperemesis being treated with Thorazine drips to "snow" the Mom a few days til she was better.
    *4 people to a room, and one bathroom! Or it was down the hall....ick.
    *The old ancient fetal stethesope...like a band on the forehead with a hard straight tube and trumpet-shaped bell. The Dr. put it on, then stuck his forehead on the pregnant woman's abdomen. Hard to look dignified!:chuckle
    *If a pt. was in isolation, we'd just wear a pt. gown backwards.
    *The "astronaut" garb we had to wear for AIDS pts. followed by wshing your hands in dilute bleach after de-gowning!
    *The nice heavy weight of a glass syringe and metal tubex as you threw it like a dart into a hip. I hated the lightweight carpujects and had to relearn how to spear it into someone.
    **Navy blue Nurses' capes....my Mom had one! You saved for months to afford one then...the Depression.

    This thread is a gas! :roll
    Okay, this may make me sound very old-fashioned, but when I graduate from nursing school I am gonna get one of those navy blue nursing capes with the red lining!

    My Great-Aunt still has hers and she says I can have it. My mother can sew so she says she will sew me up a nice wool one with gold buttons or REAL Ivory buttons!!!!!. I think I will look rather 'kewl' in winter time!
    Last edit by sunnyjohn on Dec 12, '06
  3. by   nurseKim28590
    you were thrilled to make $8 per hour!
  4. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from nursekim28590
    you were thrilled to make $8 per hour!
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    i remember being thrilled to make $7/hour!
  5. by   Midwest4me
    Quote from busynursenancy
    treatment for bedsores consisted using a heat lamp, and betadine ointment.
    Interesting! We used Milk of Magnesia and a heat lamp---and it WORKED!!!!

    Pay was $7/hr as a graduate PN in LTC; when I got my license, it increased to $7.25/hr---pretty decent money 21 years ago and I was pleased to get it!; I make about 3x that now.

    Bythe way, I really LIKED wearing the nurse's cap back then!
  6. by   prmenrs
    I think I started @ $5 something/hr.

    And I LOVED wearing my cap. I don't miss knocking it askew w/bed curtains, IV tubing, etc., or roasting it under an open warmer, but I really liked it. Oh, well, time marches on.... I had a cape, too. Navy w/gray lining. Very warm.
  7. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Barb101
    You know you are old when you can remember the taste test for diabetes
    Tell me it's not what I think!! :smilecoffeeIlovecof
  8. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from nurseKim28590
    you were thrilled to make $8 per hour!
    $7.49 I think mine was ... YES a HUGE raise from CNA pay, I forget what that was then...
  9. by   muffie
    starting rn in ontario in 1987 was 15.54/hr
    i was spending millions in my head !!!!!!
  10. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from nurseKim28590
    you were thrilled to make $8 per hour!

    LOL! My starting pay was $3.25/hr. I felt as though I could afford anything. That was 1975. I was an LPN then. Don't know what RN's made?
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Dec 12, '06
  11. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    LOL! My starting pay was $3.25/hr. I felt as though I could afford anything. That was 1975. I was an LPN then. Don't know what RN's made?
    I started as an RN in 81 so I don't know.
  12. by   Barb101
    Hi zoeboboey yes it is what you think & thankfully I didnt have to do it. After the taste test it was small tablets a dramatic improvement, this info I recieved from my lecturer. Sometimes I do feel 87 years old tho lol ouch
  13. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Barb101
    Hi zoeboboey yes it is what you think & thankfully I didnt have to do it. After the taste test it was small tablets a dramatic improvement, this info I recieved from my lecturer. Sometimes I do feel 87 years old tho lol ouch
    Speaking of lecturers - We had an A + P instructor who was telling us about GI bleeds one day. We had two or three guys in that class and she was talking about the odor of old blood - she says, "Well, you GIRLS know what old blood smells like!" I just about DIED!

    Not that that has anything to do with anything but ... I was so young and naive... Those days were kinda fun. I went to a Catholic nursing school and was one of the fortunate ones who didn't live in the "dorm" (dorm mothers and all...). I say fortunate because I had a lot more leeway. But at the same time, the "girls" had such a camaraderie that those of us who lived off-campus would never have ... I envied them some.


    Sooo, let's hear some reminiscing about DORM LIVING! All the secrets I never knew LOL

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