You know you're Old School when... - page 3

Oh dear I really have set myself off on a trip down memory lane!! Recently a doctor called me "very old school" I think it was meant as a complement but unsurprisingly I was horrified but to be fair... Read More

  1. by   RNperdiem
    Stretchers were lighter and look flimsy by today's standards. The reminded me of ironing boards on wheels.
  2. by   canoehead
    The baby bus that came rolling down from the nursery to the postpartum unit , with room for 10 babies all wailing to be fed on schedule. Moms were made to do 10am, 2pm and 8pm care, otherwise they could leave the babies with the nurses because they needed their rest.

    Working an isolation unit without disposable gloves. Having immune suppressed patients and contagious rooms side by side and with the same nurse. We handwashed religiously after coming out of every room, every time. And had the lowest infection rate in the hospital.
  3. by   luvRNs
    Love this thread !! You know you're old school when:
    IV's were hung in 'series sets'. All IV's for 24 hours were hung with IV sets connecting one to the other, and all were glass bottles !
    Pulmonary edema was treated by 'rotating tournequits' on three of the four limbs to decrease venous return.....
    Dressings were not individually wrapped and the sterile utility room had large stainless containers. Forceps were used to remove what you needed for a dressing
    You started IV's with your bare hands.
    Cardiac monitoring was done by attaching metal electrodes to the chest held by a large rubber strap
    All drugs on the 'code cart' had to be hand mixed on the spot
    A routine assignment on "PM's" was a wing of 21 patients assisted by an LPN and aide
    "orientation" was one or two shifts, and about 1 day of class.....
    Everyone got backrubs.... ( why did we stop this??)
    There was no unit dose, INCLUDING narcotics. All meds were poured for the WHOLE wing and placed on a tray. ( they were labeled with cards)
    All dosages were CALCULATED by the RN.
    IV pumps were rare....
    Still, we got it done, and we gave GOOD care !!
  4. by   KY RN
  5. by   KY RN
    Ruby Vee, this should still be a standing order." Valium 10 mg PO q 4 hrs PRN."
  6. by   jlcole45
    String of cups -- each time the pt voided following surgery he would do it in a cup and we would line them up in order and you could see the decrease in the amount of blood in the urine, other then that I'm not sure why they had us do it.
  7. by   Midwest4me
    [quote=mustlovepoodles. sitting in a cold room with a premie, waiting for death--no milk, no cuddling allowed. [/quote]
    how totally sad(and unkind)that had to have been. glad i didn't work peds back then; never could've done that.

    anyone remember using granulex spray on decubs? gosh, i sure do. it had an oddly reassuring smell....wonder if it's even made anymore....

    we used "bag balm"(came in a green square tin originally intended for cow teets) on most all incontinent pts--worked great-as long as the nurses and aides were faithfully applying it! the urine just ran right off the butts with that stuff on it---like water that beads up on a freshly waxed car!

    i also recall the "painting" (i.e.,use of milk of magnesia then applying the heat lamp after taping the buttocks either to the side rail or up on to itself)--in fact, i recall how aghast i was when i watched the rn i worked with train me to do that treatment. it worked though!
  8. by   CT Pixie
    Oh I remember Granulex and the smell!!
  9. by   Moogie
    Quote from Kooky Korky
    Some things have not changed for the better. Subordinate staff, that is, the aides, lived in fear of the RN. Not that we want people necessarily afraid of us, but it was much better when the aides realized that the RN was actually in charge and there'd be consequences to pay for the aide who challenged that. Things were better when more military-like.

    Now, anything goes because managers are afraid to discipline or even correct. Managers and Administrators fear c/o racism or genderism or religionism, so refuse to make problem employees shape up or ship out. I"m not saying there weren't problems or unfairness, but there are today, too, no matter how fair and reasonable we all try to be. Anyone who's upset today can utter the right word or 2 and bring Management to its knees, whether justified or not.
    I don't know. I've never been able to intimidate anyone, CNA or CNO, no matter how hard I have tried.

    Seriously, when I was a newbie nurse, the nursing assistants often refused to listen to the nurses because they were unionized. I still remember a nursing assistant who took her union-permitted fifteen minute break in the afternoon when the rest of us were all going to be late because we'd been short staffed. She refused to walk a couple of patients because it was time for her break.

    If I wanted a military-type environment, I would have joined the service.

    Quote from Kooky Korky
    Hospitals were into real customer service and we didn't need Press-Ganey to show us the right way to do things. We gave correct nursing care and somehow achieved the same goals.
    Amen to that! We achieved patient, er, customer satisfaction because we delivered good care, not because we had some pointy-haired administrator telling us that we needed to focus on making sure everyone had a cold drink and a warm blanket (oh, and by that I mean the visitors, not the patient!)

    I miss what nursing used to be.
  10. by   dianah
    Post-partum sitz baths.
    Cleaning the sitz bath before and after.

    A "black-and-white" = milk of mag and cascara
    Or, petrogalar (smelled good!)
  11. by   caliotter3
    My supervisor on a case back when, still swore by bag balm and even had it written as an order. First and only place I've ever seen it used.
  12. by   southernbeegirl
    I got excited when I saw this thread. I thought "i love to hear the 'old' nurses talking about waybackwhen".

    i dont know when it happened, but danged if i havent become one of the 'old' nurses!
  13. by   ElvishDNP
    Quote from jlcole45
    String of cups -- each time the pt voided following surgery he would do it in a cup and we would line them up in order and you could see the decrease in the amount of blood in the urine, other then that I'm not sure why they had us do it.
    Oh. We called that 'racking the urine.'

    And we still do postpartum sitz baths....just that they're one per patient and not washed between.