You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 29

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 Marie_LPN
    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.
    Just picture him naked.

    Oh, wait. That's a technique for when you have to make a speech. My bad.
  2. by   twotrees2
    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
    yeah and the younger EMT's - if only i were hmmm maybe 15 - 20 yrs younger LOL.
  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from zoeboboey
    Just picture him naked.

    Oh, wait. That's a technique for when you have to make a speech. My bad.

    Sometimes well-worn scrubs don't hide much.

    Luckily, i don't mind that on him
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    Sometimes well-worn scrubs don't hide much.

    Luckily, i don't mind that on him
    SNORK!
  5. by   prmenrs
    Quote from zoeboboey
    In the elevator... oh my. How long was she in there, or did it not stop?

    You reminded me of Esther in the Bible, "If I perish I perish..."

    The elevator went to the 2nd floor (where the labs are), but I guess the metal made some really weird noises. God gless her (a really sweet lady), she walked back to the 6th floor. I thought I was going to have to give her O2 for a little while.

    We had a couple of aftershocks from that earthquake, and a few nights later when I was asleep, I felt the bed shake--thought, Oh, another aftershock. And it went on and on... Opened my eyes and turned on the light, there's my cat, bathing. Very enthusiastically I might add. :angryfire I had to "ground" her that night!
  6. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from prmenrs
    The elevator went to the 2nd floor (where the labs are), but I guess the metal made some really weird noises. God gless her (a really sweet lady), she walked back to the 6th floor. I thought I was going to have to give her O2 for a little while.

    We had a couple of aftershocks from that earthquake, and a few nights later when I was asleep, I felt the bed shake--thought, Oh, another aftershock. And it went on and on... Opened my eyes and turned on the light, there's my cat, bathing. Very enthusiastically I might add. :angryfire I had to "ground" her that night!
    Cats ... they think they are SOOOOO funny...
  7. by   SandraJean
    Quote from zoeboboey
    ... and you have to hold onto the bed in order to get UP off the floor after draining a Foley into the urinal...


    Which reminds me of something I just read today:


    The Top 17 Surprises in "Rocky Balboa"


    17> "... and in this corner, wearing the purple Depends...."

    16> Rocky's training drink now a glass of EggBeaters mixed with Metamucil and a Viagra.

    15> His opponent for the big match? Hilary Swank.

    14> Post-conversion to Kabbalah, Rocky replaces "Yo, Adrian!" with "Oy, Adrian!"

    13> Mr. T makes a cameo appearance as a waiter with one single line: "Fool, you want some chicken?"

    12. (deleted)

    11> Cuff and Link are long gone, but Rocky has new turtles named Lame and Sequel.

    10> Heartrending scene in which Rocky breaks his hip climbing into the ring.

    9> After being knocked down for a third time, a frustrated Rocky cries out, "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up!"

    8> The waistband on Rocky's boxing shorts almost touches his pecs.

    7> A health-conscious Rocky trains by punching slabs of tofu at Whole Foods.

    6> "Rocky": "Cut my eye!" "Rocky Balboa": "Cut my steak!"

    5> Whenever Rocky gets a bloody nose, his corner man packs his nostrils with Gummi Bears.

    4> Rocky calmly bypasses the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum and drives his Rascal up the access ramp.

    3> Truly gross scene in which Rocky misunderstands the instruction to leave his stool in the corner of the ring.

    2> Taking no chances this time, Rocky gets cornea transplants taken from actual tigers.

    and Topfive.com's Number 1 Surprise in "Rocky Balboa"...

    1> In a scene employing clever symbolism, Rocky trains by punching the carcass of a horse.

    --Copyright 2006 by Chris White. Please do not forward, publish, broadcast or use in any manner without crediting "TopFive.com" - it's the right thing to do.
    :chuckle
  8. by   tropicalfish
    I remember so many of these things! and I have been laughing and thoroughly enjoying these posts. I graduated in 1976.

    I remember:

    using a combination of vaseline and sugar on decubes; we used a wooden tongue blade to mix it and apply it on the decube

    glass bottles and tubing for chest tube suction and drainage; clamping the chest tube in order to take the patient out of ICU to go to a test

    the MDs refusing to write DNR orders and the RNs refusing to follow DNR orders

    being in trouble with the Head Nurse if the nurse told the patient he/she had cancer

    the discovery of Toxic Shock Syndrome

    the discovery of Legionnaire's disease and everyone's fear of it

    taking care of AIDS patients and not wearing gloves

    I don't remember what we did with used needles before the stage in which we chopped off the needle and dropped it into a soft red plastic box hanging on the wall; the needles could poke through the plastic!!!!

    doing urine specific gravity in ICU with a glass tube and a weighted glass that the nurse dropped into the glass tube after putting urine in the tube (I forgot the name of it)

    I was in the first generation in my metropolitan area to Not be required to wear dress uniforms; I was allowed to wear white pant suits, but I had to wear white nurse shoes, no gym shoes allowed

    I remember

    when the nurse had to get the surgical consents and the MDs signed it some time at another location right before surgery

    when the woman signed a surgical conset for radical mastectomy and did not know beforehand whether she would wake up without a breast because a frozen section biopsy was done at the start of surgery and if it indicated cancer she got the mastectomy, but if it did not, she only had a biopsy done!!!!!!!

    when sometimes a woman couldn't have a hysterectomy unless her husband signed the consent and sometimes she refused surgery because she didn't want her husband to find out because some men refused to consider her a woman after that

    when patients stayed in the ICU even after being DNR, because there was no place to send the patient for hospice

    when cholecystectomy patients stayed on the med-surg floor for 3 weeks

    when only one or two patients out of 10 had IVPB antibiotics

    when there were no more than 4 RNs and 2 CNAs on 3-11 shift for 64 patients (I took care of 10 patients on a med-surg floor as a new grad); the "older" RNs protected me as much as they could; they took 12 or more patients if we didn't have 4 RNs on the floor
    Last edit by tropicalfish on Jan 2, '07
  9. by   P_RN
    I just thought of a "terrible one" you hate to empty foley bags for fear of having a "gasseous eruption" when you squat down.
  10. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from tropicalfish
    I remember so many of these things! and I have been laughing and thoroughly enjoying these posts. I graduated in 1976.

    I remember:
    Yep, I remember a lot of that too!
  11. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from P_RN
    I just thought of a "terrible one" you hate to empty foley bags for fear of having a "gasseous eruption" when you squat down.
    Woooo! LOL
  12. by   twotrees2
    Quote from P_RN
    I just thought of a "terrible one" you hate to empty foley bags for fear of having a "gasseous eruption" when you squat down.
    :spin: when you squat? - how about just walking LOLOL
  13. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from twotrees2
    :spin: when you squat? - how about just walking LOLOL
    Ruh-roh!


    It can be quite the musical delight, however, if no one is around to hear -- ROFL!

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