You Might Be An "old" School Nurse

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    From Scrubs magazine.
    http://scrubsmag.com/you-might-be-an...hool-nurse-if/

    Enjoy and feel free to add your own ideas of what makes one old school.

    10. You still abbreviate everything.
    9. You enjoy giving IM Demerol vs. pain pumps.
    8. You’re older than the doctors you work with.
    7. You tell the whining new nurses that you took care of 30 pt. vs. 6.
    6. “Treatment Nurse,” “Med Wound Nurse”…what is that? You did it all!
    5. You’ll give your patients a bedpan and don’t wait for an aide.
    4. Your starting salary was $3.50/hour when factory workers made $5.
    3. The way you checked sugar levels was with a dipstick.
    2. You don’t recognize the sound of an IV pump (you never used them).
    1. You wore white caps, uniform, shoes and hose, and NEVER wore them in public.
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    From Scrubs magazine.
    http://scrubsmag.com/you-might-be-an...hool-nurse-if/

    Enjoy and feel free to add your own ideas of what makes one old school.

    10. You still abbreviate everything.
    9. You enjoy giving IM Demerol vs. pain pumps.
    8. You’re older than the doctors you work with.
    7. You tell the whining new nurses that you took care of 30 pt. vs. 6.
    6. “Treatment Nurse,” “Med Wound Nurse”…what is that? You did it all!
    5. You’ll give your patients a bedpan and don’t wait for an aide.
    4. Your starting salary was $3.50/hour when factory workers made $5.
    3. The way you checked sugar levels was with a dipstick.
    2. You don’t recognize the sound of an IV pump (you never used them).
    1. You wore white caps, uniform, shoes and hose, and NEVER wore them in public.
    AMEN, sister !! I'll have to think about more things..... I'm exhausted from defending my views that going into nursing ('even if hates it") for money is really nuts !! JMHO after being an RN longer than the newbies have been alive.... my oldest shoes that i still have are 30 years old- LOL
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    Are we the only two people up at this hour! *LOL*
    It's 3AM here in NYC.
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    you remember smoking in the nurses station
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    Quote from barbyann
    you remember smoking in the nurses station
    Yep ! and glass syringes for paraldehyde...

    dying tube feedings blue to help distinguish between coughing up phlegm or feeds and possibly aspirating....

    glass thermometers being issued with the admit kit

    Versed at the bedside

    Been there,done that and Esme12 like this.
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    There was no such thing as a "pyxis" or a "medsense." All drugs were kept in the unlocked patient's drawer, and you did not have to "sign out" xanax, etc.
    Been there,done that and xtxrn like this.
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    Patients had to pay extra each day for use of the TV. The TVs were not on at all, unless the patient "paid" the daily rate for use of them, and then they had to wait until someone came to turn them on. Not only could the nurses smoke cigarettes, the patient could smoke in their room!
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    Packed red blood cells were NEVER given on an IV pump. You had to drip them in, and keep checking to be sure they were actually dripping and not clotting. There was no such thing as a portable handheld pulse ox, bed alarms. Blood pressures were always taken manually. No such thing as IV pumps that calculate gtt rates for you, you calculated them yourself. Nurses could still add Kcl to IV bags right there at the bedside. Swans were difficult to set up, mostly mechanical. I could go on and on, but thank God for technology.
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    Quote from xtxrn
    Yep ! and glass syringes for paraldehyde...

    dying tube feedings blue to help distinguish between coughing up phlegm or feeds and possibly aspirating....

    glass thermometers being issued with the admit kit

    Versed at the bedside


    Versed at the bedside??? OMG, now I'm really jealous. I wish I had that at most of my patient's bedsides, or at least mine, lol.
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    What about the steel bedpans that were so cold that they made the patient jump?
    What about using demerol with all surgical patient and now it is not used.
    What about one nursing assistance for 36 patients
    What about a patient staying longer in the hospital because the daughter was going on vacation.
    What about a appendectomy staying for 5 days not ruptured?
    xtxrn, Esme12, and virgo,student nurse like this.


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