You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 8
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
Dec 7, '06Not only glass straws but glass in and out catheters!
Betadine ungt. and sugar (Sugardine) in a jar to put in open wounds. The sugar was hypertonic and would "break up the bacteria"
Foil packages of pig placenta to put on burns. Yeeech I hated that stuff.
Dressing trays with metal cannister of ether to remove adhesive residue. I went into the supply room once where a tray had overturned and passed out cold right in the doorway. A visitor caught me and said
"what should I do with this nurse?"
Wearing OR in the newborn nursery but having to wear our starched white cap to show there were nurses in there.
When I was born way back in the last century my Aunt had my cousin in July.....She stayed in the hospital til her sister had my next cousin mid- August, and SHE stayed in the hospital til my Mama had ME at the end of August. And that was not unusual
Dec 7, '06Quote from Retired R.N.I remember the time when nursingwere summarized on the Kardex. Treatments were given as scheduled, medications were passed on time, diets were delivered from the kitchen as ordered. Head nurses and their assistants coped with physicians' rounds and gave medicines. Staff nurses did patient care, and nurses' aides refilled water pitchers and emptied trash cans. The work got done, the nurses and aides all got time for meals and breaks, and nobody ever had to spend any time writing out a NANDA-approved nursing diagnosis.
Wish we could all experience that.
Dec 7, '06Quote from TreeSawRN
You wanted to be like Dixie McCall RN
Cherry Ames, Student Nurse was your inspiration for becoming a nurse
Dec 7, '06You were taught under no circumstances do you put a diaper on a patient; it takes away their dignity.
Dec 7, '06you remember placing dirty mercury thermometers in a small alcohol boat to soak
you remember scouting around for the list of things some "busy resident or doctor" needs in a hurry
you remember to wear your fingernails short and only apply clear nail polish, white shoes and oh----no long ear rings, only small gold or pearl studs
you remember glass urinals and those heavy metal bedpans
pricking your finger when inserting those needle driven IV med boluses in a patient's heplock:angryfire
Dec 7, '06Oh,my, paraldehyde!! use to give it in emena form for DT's. The first one I gave, I was an aide at my sm regional hospital at home (between my 1st and 2nd yr of nursing school) and no one told me about the" Special" non-plastic enema kits for these tx. Needless to say the first enema I mixed, did not make it to the room. What a mess and the Smell!!! Never made that mistake again.
Dec 7, '06Unit kitchens for making iced tea, coffee, custard and what was that other stuff.......Junket.
Dumb waiter that brought trays, supplies etc to the nurses station.
Dec 7, '06Pans of iced water to keep the Cardiac Output monitor injectate cold.
Dec 7, '06Quote from RunningWithScissorsOh my! P_RN......you MUST be.........um, very "tired"!!!
Hey now, you're only a few behind me I see. Tee Hee
Dec 7, '06Oil of wintergreen glass bottle you wadded a 4x4 and stuffed it in the open mouth of the bottle. Kind of an improvised Air-wick to defeat foul odors. I can't stand even wintergreen life savers now.
Dec 7, '06Hey maybe I've just been working in caveman facilities, but I remember some of these things!