You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 24

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   DJRRN1992
    ok girls and guys....
    ice water for cardiac outputs
    "code blue" called overhead- there were no pagers.
    granulex for breakdown and bedsores.
    doing nightly weights on pts with the one and only bedscale
    if you tell a new nurse you took "paper boards" they look at you funny
    Stryker frames!!! I forgot.... lol
    calling the attending at 3am because his pt was arresting, and the house officer was running the code
    taking the first ever ACLS class!!!!!!!! does anyone remember how horrible that was????
    can't remember anymore right now, but I'm sure I'll think of more.
  2. by   adrienurse
    oh how annoying. I keep trying to google image the Stryker beds on this computer at work and keep getting intercepted by net nanny. Because of the adult film star by the same name?:roll :roll :roll

    Anyone care to help me get a visual about what you're talking about?
  3. by   WANTAFUNJOB
    Okay, I remember - The bedscale was green = it had a solid board that tipped up so you could push it up and down the hall - it had the ballancing weights. It lived in the equipment closet (dirty utility room) with the blood pressure machines that the wheels fell off of but you pull up and down the hall from room to room anyway. I remember when the Dimemapp BP machine came out. Hog Heaven! And do you remember the circle electric beds that had the sandwich boards....
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from DJRRN1992
    ice water for cardiac outputs...

    (crying) You mean they don't do that anymore????

    I guess I AM old!
  5. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from adrienurse
    oh how annoying. I keep trying to google image the Stryker beds on this computer at work and keep getting intercepted by net nanny. Because of the adult film star by the same name?:roll :roll :roll

    Anyone care to help me get a visual about what you're talking about?
    I'm pretty sure this is it. This is a 1950's photo (scroll down the page) - you see a canvas "stretcher" underneath, and a canvas "stretcher" on top of the patient, a little hole where their head peeks thru - and you "flip" them, just like in a grilled cheese sandwich maker! It's on ebay of all things! otherwise I couldn't find an image either.


    eBay: 1950s WAF Nurse Demonstrates Use of Stryker Frame (item 6212960231 end time Jan-20-07 17:36:27 PST)
  6. by   tvccrn
    Quote from DJRRN1992
    ok girls and guys....
    ice water for cardiac outputs

    Still do that here in our cath lab. Heck, we just got rid of the waters hood and the only reason for that is that they don't make the replacement parts anymore.

    tvccrn
  7. by   ShelleyERgirl
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    I remember when they injected a rabbit with a woman's urine and if the rabbit died the test was positive and the woman knew she was in the "family way".

    Truth is the poor rabbit died either way. The ovaries of the rabbit were examined to see if they were affected by the urine indicating the presence of HCG and thereby confirming a pregnancy. Bizarre when you think about it. Really bizarre. But true! Thankfully we now have EPT's.
    Wow, I would definitely agree and classify that as bizarre, wonder how they came up with that idea?
  8. by   prmenrs
    A Stryker frame--I think both "plinths" are there. And those little tables were for the patient to rest his/her arms on when prone. There were holes in the appropriate spots for bedpans. You had to pad the heck out of the pt's shoulders (and other spots). But if the pt had a bedsore on the sacrum or other wounds, the Stryker frame made it very easy to take care of the wound.

    Last edit by prmenrs on Dec 27, '06
  9. by   Bluehair
    [quote=DJRRN1992;1988613]ok girls and guys....
    ice water for cardiac outputs
    "code blue" called overhead- there were no pagers....

    ...doing nightly weights on pts with the one and only bedscale...

    They may hve eliminated those iced solution cardiac outputs in some places, but they are 'current technology' here! And yes, I can still order all the tubing and styrofoam ice buckets to hang on the patient's iv pole to get it all done. Nurses that hire here from elsewhere wonder what they have gotten themselves into! I had forgotten all about the big green bedscale! What a CHORE that was, going form room to room on night shift! It did make it a lot easier to make their bed, tho, while they were swinging mid-air!
    :chuckle
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    "code blue" called overhead- there were no pagers.
    We still page ours overhead.
  11. by   outcomesfirst
    Quote from DJRRN1992
    ok girls and guys....
    ice water for cardiac outputs
    "code blue" called overhead- there were no pagers.
    granulex for breakdown and bedsores.
    doing nightly weights on pts with the one and only bedscale
    if you tell a new nurse you took "paper boards" they look at you funny
    Stryker frames!!! I forgot.... lol
    calling the attending at 3am because his pt was arresting, and the house officer was running the code
    taking the first ever ACLS class!!!!!!!! does anyone remember how horrible that was????
    can't remember anymore right now, but I'm sure I'll think of more.
    ACLS was a week. You were 'special' because it was reserved for MDs with a few select nurses. You had to prepare before the course - A&P/EKG interpretation etc..You were tested on every item. Written and demonstrating. There was a failure rate. When you passed, the residents wanted you at all their codes. Those were the days.................
  12. by   santhony44
    The Stryker frame I remember must have been even older than the one in the picture. It was red-painted metal and didn't have the big wheel thing for turning. The best I can remember, it had handles.
  13. by   gettingon
    Quote from nocalmomo
    Before plastic tubing , they used red rubber tubing , for everything! .
    I remember that so well!!

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