You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 15

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   santhony44
    I look at caps like that- and some are even foofier- and wonder how on earth someone could be taken seriously with that thing on her head???

    I did have a cap, but ours was pretty simple.
  2. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    Sorry Zoe! Didn't mean to get you in any trouble. he,he! BTW Nice cap...looks like a bedpan turned upside down
    ha ha! yep, it does!
  3. by   adrienurse
    you've prolly already read this before (I know I have):

    The following job description was given to floor nurses by a hospital in 1887:

    In addition to caring for your 50 patients, each nurse will follow these regulations:

    1. Daily sweep and mop the floors of your ward, dust the patient's furniture and window sills.

    2. Maintain an even temperature in your ward by bringing in a scuttle of coal for the day's business.

    3. Light is important to observe the patient's condition. Therefore, each day fill kerosene lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks. Wash the windows once a week.

    4. The nurse's notes are important in aiding the physician's work. Make your pens carefully; you may whittle nibs to your individual taste.

    5. Each nurse on day duty will report every day at 7 a.m. and leave at 8 p.m. except on the Sabbath on which day you will be off from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

    6. Graduate nurses in good standing with the director of nurses will be given an evening off each week for courting purposes or two evenings a week if you go regularly to church.

    7. Each nurse should lay aside from each pay day a goodly sum of her earnings for her benefits during her declining years so that she will not become a burden. For example, if you earn $30 a month you should set aside $15.

    8. Any nurse who smokes, uses liquor in any form, gets her hair done at a beauty shop, or frequents dance halls will give the director of nurses good reason to suspect her worth, intentions and integrity.

    9. The nurse who performs her labors and serves her patients and doctors without fault for five years will be given an increase of five cents a day, providing there are no hospital debts outstanding.


    :biere: :Snow:
  4. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from adrienurse
    you've prolly already read this before (I know I have):

    The following job description was given to floor nurses by a hospital in 1887:

    In addition to caring for your 50 patients....
    50 patients! Talk about needing staffing ratios!
  5. by   sunnyjohn
    5. Each nurse on day duty will report every day at 7 a.m. and leave at 8 p.m. except on the Sabbath on which day you will be off from 12 noon to 2 p.m.
    6 days @13 hours/day + 1 day at 11 hours= 89 hours a WEEK!
    Well they probably got at least an hour for lunch/dinner and another break during tea time.
    7. Each nurse should lay aside from each pay day a goodly sum of her earnings for her benefits during her declining years so that she will not become a burden. For example, if you earn $30 a month you should set aside $15.
    Ya mean they couldn't spend their dough on a Louis Vutton purse with matching sunglasses?
    8. Any nurse who smokes, uses liquor in any form, gets her hair done at a beauty shop, or frequents dance halls will give the director of nurses good reason to suspect her worth, intentions and integrity.
    I'dda been out in the street!

    "No Madam Director/Sister, that isn't a tequila bottle I have hidden under my fru-fru nursing cap which covers my lovely coiffed hair!"

    9. The nurse who performs her labors and serves her patients and doctors without fault for five years will be given an increase of five cents a day, providing there are no hospital debts outstanding.
    Hmm, they must work in an HCA or Tenet facility!

    This thread is great.
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from sunnyjohn
    6 days @13 hours/day + 1 day at 11 hours= 89 hours a WEEK!
    Well they probably got at least an hour for lunch/dinner and another break during tea time.
    Ya mean they couldn't spend their dough on a Louis Vutton purse with matching sunglasses?
    I'dda been out in the street!

    "No Madam Director/Sister, that isn't a tequila bottle I have hidden under my fru-fru nursing cap which covers my lovely coiffed hair!"

    Hmm, they must work in an HCA or Tenet facility!

    This thread is great.
    Ha ha! esp the cap covering your coiffure...
  7. by   Barbara63
    The first one of those is close, but her's was taller with a point and the dust ruffle went to the middle of her back. I'm delighted to see my cap is an antique...it's the last one the first page
    Barbara
  8. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Barbara63
    The first one of those is close, but her's was taller with a point and the dust ruffle went to the middle of her back. I'm delighted to see my cap is an antique...it's the last one the first page
    Barbara
    We used to call one of our instructors "Conehead" (not to her face) because of the dome on top of her head that she got thru her nursing school.

    Another of ours had a tiny version of the ruffled version ... and another was a nun so she had a white veil ...
  9. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from adrienurse
    oh ruby, i remember i was dreadfully sick as well when i wrote the exam. wrote it with a box of kleenex, cough drops and a bottle of water to keep the hacking down.

    i also remember during the lunch break (the test was divided into morning and afternoon sections) the whole class went to a nearby restaurant. some people drank alcohol (hope it worked!). no way i was gonna wait 3 months to write it when i felt better. i passed it though, first time.
    [font="comic sans ms"]fortunately i passed it the first time, too! man, was that a miserable weekend, though!
  10. by   judy ann
    :angel2: State boards---we spent 2 days in Chicago to take the five tests. We were lucky, as we were the first nurses to take multiple choice tests. The nurses that graduated before us wrote essay questions!! In addition to the challenge of writing them, imagine the challenge of grading them.
    I took boards in October and got results on January 20th. It was such a big thrill that I still remember the date.:spin:

    This is such fun--remembering the "good old days". I am now thinking they weren't so good! :spin:
  11. by   Barbara63
    Any of you remember as students when you lived in the dorm and ate in the hospital cafeteria and had to wear your uniform to meals? And your uniform was a pink (or blue) dress with a white apron. The apron was starched really stiff and you pulled it from the back and crossed it in the front when you sat down so it wouldn't be wrinkled?

    Talking about dorms and liquor reminds me that when you finished off a bottle of liquor you left at least an inch of it in the bottom so when you put it down the laundry chute in the dorm the housekeepers wouldn't report you to the Dorm Mother.

    Dorms were quite an experience but they did build up a camaraderie that I think is missing from nursing school now. The Dorm Mother was the Queen Bee and ruled with an iron fist. You dared not upset her. If she wasn't happy with you she might fail to buzz your room to let you know you had company, or she would hand out demerits if you were so much as a minute late getting in past curfew.
    Barbara
  12. by   Morgan314
    oh my goodness, after reading all these posts, things have really changed since I worked as a "real nurse." I've been in outpatient mental health for so long, I'd have to go back through school if I ever decided to go back to work in the hospital.
  13. by   twotrees2
    Quote from judy ann
    :angel2: State boards---we spent 2 days in Chicago to take the five tests. We were lucky, as we were the first nurses to take multiple choice tests. The nurses that graduated before us wrote essay questions!! In addition to the challenge of writing them, imagine the challenge of grading them.
    I took boards in October and got results on January 20th. It was such a big thrill that I still remember the date.:spin:

    This is such fun--remembering the "good old days". I am now thinking they weren't so good! :spin:
    yeah me too - and i hated it - small town girl drives to big city ( still dont nkow how i made it there alive lol) stays in hotel all weekend - gads - i was also sick - 103 temp - but believe that it helpoed me as i would have double guessed and probably failed had i not been ( bad habit to second guess myself and change to the wrong answeer) i was so sick i just answered and never double checked em - then going home got lost - oy vey - what a weekend. and watching all the younger gals having tons of fun drinking and studying - wow - that seems like forever a go. we di not have hats however my mom ( who never finished nursing school due to health issues ) had one saved ( why i as a girl thought id be a nurse loved wearing the hat lol) well - HAD to have at least my "graduation" picure with that hat dad still has that picture displayed - to funny i look. loll.

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