You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 28

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   P_RN
    That's about the funniest thing I've heard all week!!!

    Eggbeaters.....metamucil.....purple Depends!!!!!
  2. by   adrienurse
    I have an aunt who took her LPN training in the 70's and then switched to selling tupperware in the 80s. Well anyway, I got a call from her about a year ago from northern Alberta (you have to understand she's a little..um..different) asking me if I couold find her an iron lung for a friend. I was like....are you on crack? Oh yeah I have one sitting in the other room..... LOL
  3. by   hollyvk
    I forgot to mention one of the biggest benefits of being an old(er) nurse--working with young physicians. After you've been in healthcare for a few decades and are no longer intimidated by physicians, they can be great fun to joke with and gently tease (humanly, not sexually).

    I worked for awhile assisting with minor surgical procedures (i.e. local, not general, anesthesia) with a number of really fun male and female surgeons (general, gyn, plastics, hand, podiatrics). I always tried to keep the conversation interesting (both with the patient and the physician) so the patient wouldn't be so focused on the procedure and to give the doc a pleasant experience in an otherwise gruelling day.

    HollyVK
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    LOL

    __________
    {{{{{{{{{{{{Marie}}}}}}}}} You have the most DELIGHTFUL avatars! (Carol Burnette as Scarlett O'Hara)

    xo
  5. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from adrienurse
    I have an aunt who took her LPN training in the 70's and then switched to selling tupperware in the 80s. Well anyway, I got a call from her about a year ago from northern Alberta (you have to understand she's a little..um..different) asking me if I couold find her an iron lung for a friend. I was like....are you on crack? Oh yeah I have one sitting in the other room..... LOL
    They are saying that cooking with Tupperware in the microwave is bad for ya. Maybe that's the problem! ROFL!
    Last edit by Liddle Noodnik on Jan 1, '07
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from hollyvk
    I forgot to mention one of the biggest benefits of being an old(er) nurse--working with young physicians. After you've been in healthcare for a few decades and are no longer intimidated by physicians, they can be great fun to joke with and gently tease (humanly, not sexually).

    I worked for awhile assisting with minor surgical procedures (i.e. local, not general, anesthesia) with a number of really fun male and female surgeons (general, gyn, plastics, hand, podiatrics). I always tried to keep the conversation interesting (both with the patient and the physician) so the patient wouldn't be so focused on the procedure and to give the doc a pleasant experience in an otherwise gruelling day.

    HollyVK
    I remember being a rather new nurse and we had MD residents as the House Officers. It was fun sometimes when I knew the treatment for a particular problem better than they did - I tried to be humble (and tactful) about it though, ha ha

    I am AMAZED at all the Dougie Housers (they look like they are in 5th grade).
  7. by   imisscoco
    Quote from zoeboboey
    Congratulations on your NP!! Woot!
    Thank you! Unfortunately, my parents decided to get sick just as I was graduating, so I had to take this flexible NP position with awful pay just so I could be available to help my parents. After having no life for the past 4 years while I was in school, and now not being able to reap the rewards (better job, better pay). Hopefully this won't be permanent.
  8. by   harley007
    When I was a student nurse we did a month's rotation at a local chronic 250 bed rehabilitation hospital. We were required to get into an iron lung so we could "feel" it working. Wow, you quickly understood why respirator patients cannot speak on inspiration. I graduated in 1975 and there were no acute care RN positions to be had so I end up working as the evening charge nurse at that chronic rehap. hospital. We used iron lungs for our post-polio and end stage D. Muscular Dystrophy patients. At one point, on just my "floor" we had 6 residents sleeping in those monster tubes each night. Add on to those "lung" patients a total census of 50 high level physical care patients. As time went on I became a part-time evening supervisor. I had to go to the very, very scary basement one night to pull some old medical records. As I walked past all the rows of storage I notice many iron lungs in all sizes includes one made just for ambulance transport.
    Speaking of knowing you're an older nurse, as evening supervisor I was the senior staff member on site - no MD after 4 pm. I mixed meds. for pharmacy, settled staffing problems, decided if an MD would be called for a acute situation and my absolute favorite, I ran the codes. Once the code was called I had to run to the second floor and unlock and push that monster red tool/crash cart to the unit where the code was called. Then turn around and hoof it back to the lab and unlock and run back with the EKG machine. Meanwhile I would be praying that resp. therapy had already unlocked and was on the way with an ET set. Now the MD is on the telephone, an ambulance on its way to transport the patient to an acute care facility. This was a horror show each time. If I was really lucky there would just happen to be a MD making rounds in the building. I would grab and drag them with me so we could have something that resembled a resuscitation. Ah, youth, today I would tell them my license meant more to me than the supervisor pay!
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from zoeboboey
    {{{{{{{{{{{{Marie}}}}}}}}} You have the most DELIGHTFUL avatars! (Carol Burnette as Scarlett O'Hara)

    xo

    Occaisionally a thought just pops in my head for an avatar idea, then i seach online for one. Carol Burnett was last night's idea.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from zoeboboey
    I remember being a rather new nurse and we had MD residents as the House Officers. It was fun sometimes when I knew the treatment for a particular problem better than they did - I tried to be humble (and tactful) about it though, ha ha

    I am AMAZED at all the Dougie Housers (they look like they are in 5th grade).
    We have one we call "Doogie" ("I think it's funny, just don't do it in front of the pt. lol"). He's older than me, but he looks like he's 12.
  11. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from imisscoco
    Thank you! Unfortunately, my parents decided to get sick just as I was graduating, so I had to take this flexible NP position with awful pay just so I could be available to help my parents. After having no life for the past 4 years while I was in school, and now not being able to reap the rewards (better job, better pay). Hopefully this won't be permanent.
    Ouch. Sorry to hear that!
  12. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from harley007
    I mixed meds. for pharmacy, settled staffing problems, decided if an MD would be called for a acute situation and my absolute favorite, I ran the codes. Once the code was called I had to run to the second floor and unlock and push that monster red tool/crash cart to the unit where the code was called. Then turn around and hoof it back to the lab and unlock and run back with the EKG machine. Meanwhile I would be praying that resp. therapy had already unlocked and was on the way with an ET set. Now the MD is on the telephone, an ambulance on its way to transport the patient to an acute care facility. This was a horror show each time. If I was really lucky there would just happen to be a MD making rounds in the building. I would grab and drag them with me so we could have something that resembled a resuscitation. Ah, youth, today I would tell them my license meant more to me than the supervisor pay!

    I was hoofing right along with you as I read, YOWSA!
  13. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Occaisionally a thought just pops in my head for an avatar idea, then i seach online for one. Carol Burnett was last night's idea.
    I loved her show... esp when "the boys" were trying so hard not to laugh during the skits!

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