You know you're Old School when... - page 8

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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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    As a new nurse (2 years experience), I'm horrified by the no gloves thing. Did you... did you..... have to give a suppository with no gloves?!? OMG!
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    No, you could use a glove for that, lol.
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    Finger cots.
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    I spoke with my grandmother who was a nurse way back when. She remembers having to make baby formula from evaporated milk! She also stated that in her day they needed to clean everything. They didn't have "this thing" called housekeeping. Our family has used bag balm for everything for as long as I can remember! Bag balm rocks!!!

    Although I wasn't a nurse way back when, it seems the patient got better care than they do today. I know that technology has been a good thing (overall) but I really wish that we had time to sit and really talk to the patient. I hardly see that at clinicals. Thanks to all of you nurses out there that have stuck it out! It's great to hear these old stories!
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    Quote from emnicams
    as a new nurse (2 years experience), i'm horrified by the no gloves thing. did you... did you..... have to give a suppository with no gloves?!? omg!
    we used finger cots -- a glove for one finger. i did lose one once, though . . . .
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    Quote from ghillbert
    Ah yes, Charnley pillows. Remember them and the CPM (continuous passive movement) machine for post op TKRs.
    I graduated in 2008, and my last clinical was at a hospital that used CPMs.
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    Banana bag is the IV fluid that has all the vitamins and such....it looks yellow. Sort of a TPN bag but a set amount of chemicals. The cups for Prostate surgery patients is so each time they voided, you can see if the urine is clearing....less bloody in appearence.
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    Quote from midwest4me
    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!
    there is still a product called bag balm; i know a few moms of babies who use it on their nipples and on baby's bottom.

    this wouldn't have been used in hospital, but watkins has a product that came in a bright pink metal tin that was similar to our polysporin or mecca ointment. it had some fancy name, but we called it cow tit salve-that was apparently its initial use and when farmers saw how it helped the sores on their cows' udders, they tried it on human skin. or so grandma told me, anyway. *shrugs* i do know it had a nice scent and it definitely seemed to help sores heal.
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    I was a CNA in mid 80's before becoming an LPN in the mid 90's
    As a cna I remember:
    .not having to be certified..just walk in they hire/train you
    .we didn't wear gloves, no universal precautions, just good hand washing
    .we used the different colors to chart for each shift. red/green/blue or black
    .we worked 4days on and 2 days off and it rotated like that..always knew days off
    .metal bedpans
    .mercury thermometers
    .restraints...vest/wrist
    .syringe feeding patients
    .passing ice water, towels/washcloths & doing vitals at start of shift (3-11)
    .doing walking rounds with oncoming shift and changing pt together
    I am sure there is more, but don't remember....times sure have changed
    Last edit by renge1 on Mar 10, '10 : Reason: sentence out of order
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    I remember when you calibrated the A-line and Swan-Ganz catheter with a mercury spygmomanometer, a three way stop-cock and a 60cc syringe! Using ice water for cardiac output and performing the calculations on paper! Using needles to get rid of sub-q emphysema, leather restraints, keeping your transducer "wet" with sterile water, no anesthesia for circumcisions on babies, HHH enema's, emptying foley's without gloves, community sitz baths, being the only person in the nursery with 5 babies and I had no liscense, nursing school in 1985 and wore blue striped pinafore, only dresses, white hose, white shoes (clinical nursing style) NO TENNIS SHOES ! We wore white. Nursing caps until we were half way through the program, and then had a "pinning and striping" ceremony! It was a HUGE event and we only got 1/2 of our stripe, but oh my goodness were we proud. The seniors would get "pinned" by the director of the program, not by their boyfriend or spouse or child . We wore our white's and it was the only time we saw the director smile, much less have Amy form of casual conversation with our instructors. I believe we have done ourselves an injustice by letting go of a lot of the "old school" values. Nurses do not get the respect they used to, from administration, physicians, or patients ! We allowed a lot of it. I still weary whites and my cap on Sunday's and get a lot of "ribbing". I do not care, I tell them I worked very hard to get the cap and pin and am very proud of it! I wore it one time on nurses day, marched myself into the CEO's office.....he looked at me and asked what I was weari
    g and I responded "This, sir is a professional nurses uniform, and I see by the look on your face that you have never seen one before". I then turned about so he could see me and thanked him for his time and went back to the ICU where I was the charge nurse! He did thank me before I left and said I looked "nice". I was called on by the floor to start an IV and I had my "whites" on that day (yes I had my nurses cap on too), and when I went in the room the patient's eyes got really big and when I asked her if anything was wrong she responded "I haven't seen a real nurse dressed in whites in a very long time". She also said that she likes it because she knew immediately that I was a "real nurse " because of the "whites and cap". She said it looked better than nurses wearing scrubs because they look like they are wearing pajamas, and it is tough to tell housekeepers from lab from physicians! She said older people cannot see well and whites make a big difference, in a good way! I still wear my whites and my cap. I challenge any nurse who went to school when whites and caps were worn to wear them again and evaluate the patient's response. Get ready because the staff and the physician's will give you a hard time, but stick to your guns because I know the patient's will like it and after all..who did we go to school to learn to take care of? The patient't are the heart and soul of our love of nursing and I will forever be a patient caregiver, liason, and nurturer. I am dedicated to the love of nursing! Thanks for reading this very long statement.
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