You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 17

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   NurseMMM
    Pediatric patients restained in their beds by nets and or wrist restraints, both day and night.
  2. by   krisssy
    working on peds 4-12 with not one parent around! I don't work peds anymore , but I hear the parents stay 24/7, which I believe is good for the child.
  3. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    ...some of the newer nurses are asking if the 'young' nurses can maintain their partying ways.
    Well if your avatar is any indication, looks like the answer is YES! (to do that to a poor innocent animal while under the influence, Marie, tsk tsk!)

    lol
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    ...some of the newer nurses are asking if the 'young' nurses can maintain their partying ways.
    BUT, if they wanted a serious answer... partying when appropriate, and being responsible when you're supposed to be, are probably fine. I will say that some who party the nite before still have alcohol on their breath, or coming out of their pores - eww - to say nothing of how the patients might feel.

    And - I ended up in AA 4 yrs after graduating from nursing school so - it isn't necessarily "harmless"...

    I could say more but I am still upset about that dog... HA HA HA - kidding Marie - it's cute...
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from zoeboboey
    Well if your avatar is any indication, looks like the answer is YES! (to do that to a poor innocent animal while under the influence, Marie, tsk tsk!)

    lol
    Hey i just found the picture online, someone else did that to that dog lol.
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Hey i just found the picture online, someone else did that to that dog lol.
    Oh (wink), ok ... (wink)
  7. by   JBudd
    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.
    A friend of mine rode her bike everywhere, she showed up on the second day of testing over 1/2 hour late, covered with mud, limping and pushing the bike. Some idiot ran her off the road. She got up, made it the test and finished it. I ran her and the bike home in the truck during lunch, she cleaned up, we rushed back, took the last exam and THEN went to the ER. No way she could afford to wait 6 months to retest, not being able to work. She passed too!
  8. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from JBudd
    A friend of mine rode her bike everywhere, she showed up on the second day of testing over 1/2 hour late, covered with mud, limping and pushing the bike. Some idiot ran her off the road. She got up, made it the test and finished it. I ran her and the bike home in the truck during lunch, she cleaned up, we rushed back, took the last exam and THEN went to the ER. No way she could afford to wait 6 months to retest, not being able to work. She passed too!
    Now THAT'S dedication!
  9. by   suestrav
    Cracking your shins on bed cranks
    Sandbags for post op cataract patients
    Foot soaks
    Mixing your own IV's:wink2:
  10. by   klj836
    Quote from hollyvk
    You know you're an older nurse if:
    1. You remember working with nurses who wore caps.

    2. You remember nurses (and doctors) sitting at the nurses station drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes while charting.

    3. You remember when charting was done (handwritten) in 3 different colors (black or blue for day shift, green for evening shifts, red for night shift).

    4. You remember when IV fluids came only in glass bottles.

    5. You remember when breast milk wasn't a biohazard. :redlight:

    6. You remember when chest tube setups consisted of glass bottles, rubber stoppers, and tubing.

    7. You remember when white polyester uniforms were the standard for nurses.

    8. You remember when you'd have given your eye teeth for a comfortable pair of nursing shoes (we haven't always been able to wear athletic shoes).

    9. You remember when the hospital's top nurse was the director of nursing and not the chief nursing officer.

    10. You remember giving lots of IM shots for pre-ops and pain meds.

    What else?

    HollyVK (with patient care experience going back to 1972) :gandalf:
    I have done all this............39 years and counting. I think we cared more, our patient's were happier, and we enjoyed our work. Do you remember MS and Demerol tablets that were dissolved to give a narcotic IM?
  11. by   RNstudentBrian
    In 1991 when my DW was sitting for her exams, I made a tailgate lunch on both days for her and her buddies. I could see the strain on her and am so glad that I was able to test on the computer in just 1 hour and ten minutes. And only had to answer 75 questions,AND knew the results in just 48 hours.
  12. by   SandraJean
    Quote from RNstudentBrian
    In 1991 when my DW was sitting for her exams, I made a tailgate lunch on both days for her and her buddies. I could see the strain on her and am so glad that I was able to test on the computer in just 1 hour and ten minutes. And only had to answer 75 questions,AND knew the results in just 48 hours.

    I remember eating my lunch in the parking ramp between test sections. Those were two very stressful days! Also, checking the mailbox every day for three months until I found out that I had passed the boards.
  13. by   crna08
    When you had to switch out and carry the cardiac monitor to another room if that monitor only had 1 plug in for hemodynamics and you needed two. They were bohemoths at the time, too! And yes, I've done the CVP with a glass manometer!

    Cardiac patients were not allowed out of bed, had to use a bedpan for BM's. No music, no TV, no newspaper and limited visitors.
    When paralytic agents were only prn Pavulon and IV demoral; no continous drips.


    When you reached up in the cabinet for whatever med you needed and mixed it yourself. It was the night charge nurse's duty to do the stock drug reordering.

    Personal protective equipment was only for the weak! It was a badge of honor to have blood on your shoes! LOL!

    Definately remember doing decub care with a heat lamp and maalox, but for some reason, we put suger in the maalox and made a paste. Then we dried out the wound bed and couldn't figure out why they never healed!

    Wearing a nursing cap in the ICU and getting it caught on the draperies.
    Listening to the patients black and white manual TV that we carried into his room while the Challenger exploded. It's one of those things you always remember what you were doing when...

    Suction cannisters were not disposible. They had to be emptied, scrubbed and then autoclaved on the unit.

    Nobody owned their own scrubs, unless you "forgot" and took the hospitals' home with you. Cute little puppy's and angels to individualize yourself did not exist. You came to work in street clothes, changed into scrubs and left in your street clothes.

    Definately remember soaking the inner cannulas of trachs and cleaning them with the little wire brushes.

    My, haven't we come a lonnnggg way!

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