You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 19

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   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from ICUMindy
    while the Challenger exploded. It's one of those things you always remember what you were doing when...
    Oh my gosh yes ... I remember my brother-in-law freaking out - I was living with them at the time. I couldn't believe it...

    So, as older nurses, we have seen history made, both in medicine and nursing, and in the world.

    I will always remember, though, this "green bean" (brand new) RN, BSN, who could run circles around everyone else - very impressive. Kudos to you new nurses who have to learn SO MUCH in so little time! Whereas those of us who've been around got to learn it more gradually.


    Just a little BTW I thought I would throw in there...
  2. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from imisscoco
    I took my boards in Pennsylvania in July 1976. 2 days of written tests and you had to wait at least 6 weeks for the results. And you got scores for all the specialties, not one meshed score. We were allowed to work as Graduate nurses then b/c there was such a long wait for the results. I just finished NP school and took the boards this summer. Took them on computer and got the results within one week. I passed by the way. Well, it's funny reminiscing about the good ole days. And remember there was no such thing as the Baylor program, or 12 hr shifts. Much less flexibility back then.
    Congratulations on your NP!! Woot!
  3. by   gettingon
    Quote from 1Tulip
    1. You stood when the doctor came in the station/floor. (OK, I'm really not that old, but my supervisor was and she made me do it.)

    2. You carried (or rolled) the Kardex along behind the doctors when they made rounds.

    3. You had all the meds written on little cards that you put in a slot on a rolling med tray, above a cup that had all the pills in it.

    4. Narcotic lockers and keys. (Ever go home with the Narc keys in your pocket and had a sherriff's deputy come to your house to pick them up? Remember the multi-dose bottles of morphine and you kept track of the volume used by putting a strip of tape on it and marking it at each shift change?)

    5. No unit dose. Big jars of pills, from which you dispensed.

    6. Resharpening needles (no, I'm not that old, either. But we had a class that included the arcane skills in it because I went to school in the south and some grads ended up in rural areas.)

    7. How to sterilize a surgical pack in an oven. (See above class)

    8. Making up sugical packs.

    9. Mercury thermometers.

    10. Pharmacy closed on nights, supervisor carried the keys.

    11. Seconal and Nembutal. Everyone got one of those each HS.

    13. Before cimetidine was invented... 30 ml of heavy cream, 30 ml of maalox alternated every two hours.

    14. Iced saline lavages to stop GI bleeds.

    15. No IV pumps. You had it memorized: 8 hr bottle (and yes, they were bottles) = 125 ml/hr, 12 hrs = 80 ish mls/hr, 6 hr bottle = 166 ish/hr. and you knew the gtts/min because you knew the manufacturer of the gtt chamber. An Abbott chamber 8 hour bottle ran at 31 gtts/min.

    16. No hand-held calculators. I and O, med doses... everything long hand.

    17. Early volume cycle ventilators had no PEEP. You stuck the expiratory hose into a big jar of water with a ruler attached so you knew how many cm/water pressure PEEP you were creating.

    Could we go on and on or WHAT???
    What about when the head nurse was "Matron"
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from gettingon
    What about when the head nurse was "Matron"
    Don't remember that but I do remember that the head nurses and supervisors were SCARY PEOPLE! ha ha ha!
  5. by   melpn
    Vacuum tube system (like the ones at the drive-thru at the bank where you put the papers in the box and push it up) for Pharmacy orders; so high tech at the time! Maalox and baby food to decubs and excoriated GT sites, heat lamp to sacral decubs w/ butt cheek taped to side rail if necessary. We still clean inner cannulas w/ peroxide and little brush; only now it all comes in a nice little trach care kit. Charting done in blue for 7-3, black for 3-11 and green for 11-7. Backrubs w/ lotion @ HS. Bright orange DNR stickers right next to pt's name on the door to their room- weirdly morbid.
  6. by   trishie


    the ole metal tubex..........didnt we fight over those like crazy??
    and the hot ekg paper.been burned many times....and yes i rem the s&a's got burned on that test tube sev times till i learned how to hold it rite....some of these things i havent thought of in yrs....and before yall think i was working in the total * dark ages * i graduated nursing school in 1974.and am only 52 yrs olds...a babyboomer nurse!
  7. by   Saz4370
    Uh oh, I remember most of these things. But even more frightening IM STILL NURSING!!! AND STILL LOVING IT!!!!
    Saz4370
  8. by   macspuds
    What wonderful stuff. Yes, I must be an older Nurse, for I remember all that.
    So glad things have changed for the better, but we older Nurses can nurse cook book style and do our own math if need be. Can calculate dropps per minute if the power goes out etc.
    Best wishes to all the young Nurses.
    macspuds
  9. by   MartyLPN
    wow...lots of memories. anyone go to a catholic nursing school?...now that was something i'll never forget. also, as a student you never used the elevator, you used the stairs. only walked down the right side of the hallway. giving insulin coverage to a diabetic based on a urine dipstick with orders written like "2 units for 1+, 5 units for 3+, etc....." passing meds for a 40 bed medical/surgical floor....administering blood with blood warmers that consisted of a coil that you placed in a basin of warm water, stricker frames before there were halo braces, using finger cots to give suppositories yuk!!....yea the list can go on and on......lol
  10. by   adrienurse
    So funny when we get british patients asking for the "matron". The who?
  11. by   adrienurse
    Okay so this is what the heck a tubex is/was, I had to google it.

  12. by   trishie
    the ole stricker frames..........had to make sure the locks were locked tight.said a prayer and then turned those poor ppl.................quickly!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and said a huge thank god that they werent flipped out of the frame:uhoh21:
  13. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from martylpn
    wow...lots of memories. anyone go to a catholic nursing school?...now that was something i'll never forget. also, as a student you never used the elevator, you used the stairs. only walked down the right side of the hallway. giving insulin coverage to a diabetic based on a urine dipstick with orders written like "2 units for 1+, 5 units for 3+, etc....." passing meds for a 40 bed medical/surgical floor....administering blood with blood warmers that consisted of a coil that you placed in a basin of warm water, stricker frames before there were halo braces, using finger cots to give suppositories yuk!!....yea the list can go on and on......lol
    catholic nursing school, oh yeah! (rolling my eyes) - but - it was a good school ..

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