You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 30

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   pilaschiet
    I go so far back as to remember when the hospital DISCHARGED as many patients as possible before any given holiday, especially the MAJOR holidays-Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, AND, didn't admit anymore! We were asked to take vacation/PTO days as much as possible, and only kept a skeleton crew on! And, if you worked, those nights were the easiest, quietest nights of the year!
  2. by   gettingon
    I still haven't forgotten that soap & water enema I had for my 1st delivery over 43 yrs ago. :spin: :spin: :spin:
    Quote from TazziRN
    Women in labor were shaved and given enemas, then restrained in the delivery room.

    There was no rooming in.

    Parlodel was prescribed for new moms to dry their milk.

    Dads weren't allowed in the OR during c-sections.

    Abdominal bleeding was diagnosed with a belly tap.

    Needles were recapped after use.
  3. by   precious33
    Well maybe the health care system here in St Vincent is way behind example;
    we still use mercury thermometers and Mercury spygmo blood pressure apparatus.
    pharmacy closed at 4pm monday -friday. closed saturday 12 midday and closed for sundays and hollidays.
    ventilators are only 2 and are only located in ICU .Of course only 2 ICU beds.
    nursing students practices bath with out gloves unless there are skin breakages and the orifices
    we still have 99.9% metal bed pans
    woman in labour are given shaved and enema unless they are preterm
    we do not have any iv pumps so we calculate and regulate manually
    we use bromocriptine to dry breast milk
    we use iced saline to stop bleeding in post TURP
    and the list can go on and on
  4. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from pilaschiet
    I go so far back as to remember when the hospital DISCHARGED as many patients as possible before any given holiday, especially the MAJOR holidays-Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, AND, didn't admit anymore! We were asked to take vacation/PTO days as much as possible, and only kept a skeleton crew on! And, if you worked, those nights were the easiest, quietest nights of the year!
    Oh gosh, yes, I remember that too!
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Originally Posted by pilaschiet
    I go so far back as to remember when the hospital DISCHARGED as many patients as possible before any given holiday, especially the MAJOR holidays-Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, AND, didn't admit anymore! We were asked to take vacation/PTO days as much as possible, and only kept a skeleton crew on! And, if you worked, those nights were the easiest, quietest nights of the year!
    Maybe that's why some people are in such shock to learn that nurses work holidays?
  6. by   JBudd
    Quote from precious33
    Well maybe the health care system here in St Vincent is way behind example;
    nursing students practices bath with out gloves unless there are skin breakages and the orifices
    OMG! Have they never heard of universal precautions?
  7. by   adrienurse
    I remember when I was a kid and my mom was DON of a small rural hospital. We used to bake cookies for the nurses who had to work during christmas and wrote their name on them in icing. Doesn't seem the way things go now with management. It's wham bam thank you ma'am see you in the week, make sure you do all my work while I'm gone......
  8. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from adrienurse
    I remember when I was a kid and my mom was DON of a small rural hospital. We used to bake cookies for the nurses who had to work during christmas and wrote their name on them in icing. Doesn't seem the way things go now with management. It's wham bam thank you ma'am see you in the week, make sure you do all my work while I'm gone......
    Sweet, and it IS the thought that counts...
  9. by   santhony44
    You may be an old(er) nurse if:

    You remember when flow sheets started to replace narrative nurse's notes, and now you find it funny that a twelve-page flow sheet replaced a few paragraphs of narrative.

    You notice that some of the housekeepers look more professional than some of the nurses do!
  10. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from santhony44
    You may be an old(er) nurse if:

    You remember when flow sheets started to replace narrative nurse's notes, and now you find it funny that a twelve-page flow sheet replaced a few paragraphs of narrative.
    I think we started with flowsheets, right? One page? Then the narrative, then the narrative plus flowsheet, and, as you say, the flowsheet increased to TWELVE PAGES! How awful!

    Plus, we have to doc more and more in the NARRATIVE to cover our butts.

    There ought to be more time studies done. They might find that we each have enough time to care for ONE patient because of all the ppwk!!! It's ridiculous! How accurate can our flowsheets/doc be?

    Another thing that happened the last few years was that CNA's have more pages to fill out too - and the nurses are responsible for what is on them! Again, because the CNA's don't have time to care for all THEIR residents, their flowsheets get behind or inaccurate...
  11. by   ctuttasrn
    You remember when the use of latex gloves was restricted to dire necessities only...they were too expensive to waste!

    You remember manually calculating your own cal-factors and checking it with a 2nd nurse to verify before titrating dopamine or dobutrex.
  12. by   aeauooo
    When you can tell a doc, in all honesty, "Son, I was doing this before you had pubic hair."
  13. by   -MNC_RN-
    When you see the kids these days wearing their fashionable t-shirts that say "Hollister" and all you can think of is a colostomy appliance (or a condom catheter--even better).


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