You know you're Old School when... - page 4

by snoopy29

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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 when I look back so many... Read More


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    Ruby Vee, this should still be a standing order." Valium 10 mg PO q 4 hrs PRN."
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    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.
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    [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!
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    Oh I remember Granulex and the smell!!
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    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.
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    Post-partum sitz baths.
    Cleaning the sitz bath before and after.

    A "black-and-white" = milk of mag and cascara
    Or, petrogalar (smelled good!)
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    This is such a great thread!!! It certainly is bringing back a lot of memories.

    Mixing meds, the ole' black & white with MOM and Cascara.

    Cardexes - painstakenly written out

    The little med cards that you laid out as you poured your meds and put on a med tray...LOL.

    Checking IV's by counting gtts to make sure the rate remaind the same.

    I worked ortho and we had wards of people in traction for back pain, mostly ladies, who I think treated it like a vaca from their toils...LOL I used to be great at setting up traction beds for just about anything! Our Ortho's were there for weeks and months!!!

    Oh and ugh those shoes, hard thin soled leather...ouch! Having to wear a white dress, hose, shoes and that #$% cap. At the end of the shift my cap was askew (hitting it constantly on ortho traction frames), hose baggy, dress spotted with something - looked like pig-pen .

    Charting with different color pens for each shift, I was on 2nd and finding green pens was difficult.

    Enforced visiting hours - no kids running through the halls, only so many per patient, you could walk down the hall during visiting hours and it's still be pretty quiet.


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