When we were younger new flegling nurses :D - page 2

Following on from a thread we appear to have hijacked regarding nursing many moons ago and how we remember things done. Have started this thead :D Right what I remember when training and... Read More

  1. by   Silverdragon102
    there were the days

    I remember doing that with the thermometers and I do have a bit of a bad back from all the lifting.
  2. by   RGN1
    Those dressing packs that had cotton wool balls (!!!), & green & red forceps - red for dirty & green for clean!!

    Oh & I do remember silastic foam - it was state of the art for cavity wounds!! Haven't seen it though since I did my return to nursing last year. We used to remove it daily, wash it in that pink stuff you got in normasol type sachets - then replace it until it didn't fit correctly anymore then you'd mix up a new pot. It was really cool stuff to make!!

    I remember the senior staff nurse I worked with, who stood at the end of each patients bed in the morning & asked, at the top of her Irish accented voice, if they had had their bowels opened yet.

    Our thermometers were kept in plastic containers by each bed & cleaned in-between patients. You'd wipe them with an alcohol swab before each use too.

    In may last job & my current job we do weekend cleaning. Though where I am now that doesn't involve patient areas but we do have to check all the lights, call bells, bed brakes/control, O2 & suction. However, I have to say that it's usually done on a Sunday late when we can have as few as 5 patients in the ward!

    No poo machine in the USA???? They don't know what they're missing!! Perhaps someone from the UK should get a rep to talk to them! Hehehe!!
  3. by   karenG
    oh yes weekend cleaning... if you really upset sister, you could find yourself doing all the really rotten jobs! all areas of the ward were included.. strip down the patient beside cabinets and clean them, clean the bowls... if it didnt move, we cleaned it!!

    back rounds.. done every 2hrs if you could manage it. we would have died of shame if a patient went home with a pressure sore.

    taking all the flowers out of the ward at night time and having to label them so we gave them back to the right patients in the morning

    being sent for a 'long wait' or sending a silly student for 'fallopian tubes' from theatre

    yes.. living in the nurses home and having some amazing parties!! also going to some amazing parties at police stations and fire stations!! blue watch at greenwich fire station.... hmm better not say any more!!

    having to work out insulin carefully...

    working 10 days to earn a weekend off...
    working 10 nights on a trot to get a week off..

    being terrified of sister.. and the staff nurses! having enough staff on the wards to give good patient care..

    Karen
  4. by   RGN1
    I remember that I couldn't wait to be a staff nurse so that I didn't have to do so much work!!

    Students ran the wards while the staff sat in the office & smoked & drank tea/coffee! They only emerged for ward rounds, drug rounds & to help with the more difficult dressings.

    By the time I qualified it was already changing & now there are no students to run the wards - they're all "supernumerary"!!
  5. by   madwife2002
    Quote from RGN1
    I remember that I couldn't wait to be a staff nurse so that I didn't have to do so much work!!

    Students ran the wards while the staff sat in the office & smoked & drank tea/coffee! They only emerged for ward rounds, drug rounds & to help with the more difficult dressings.

    By the time I qualified it was already changing & now there are no students to run the wards - they're all "supernumerary"!!

    This happened to me too, when I was a student the staff nurses never did a tap-then when I qualified the bloody students never did a tap:uhoh21:
  6. by   RGN1
    Quote from madwife2002
    This happened to me too, when I was a student the staff nurses never did a tap-then when I qualified the bloody students never did a tap:uhoh21:
  7. by   XB9S
    Ohhhh this is bringing back so many memories, Madwife you are quite right we used to run the ward from our 2nd year then as soon as I qualified students became truly supernumery.

    I remember on my first ward after qualifying asking a student to help me with feeding some patients and her telling me that she had to go and read some books, I asked how she would learn the practical elements of nursing so she told me that because she would be degree nurse when she qualified she would be better suited to managment than us old fashioned trained nurses
  8. by   Silverdragon102
    I remember on medical wards the students ran but always saw sister and staff nurses working on surgery. The only time a student on surgery took charge was when they was doing their management assessment
  9. by   suzanne7575
    Some of these bring back memories

    I qualified with a nursing degree in 1997, in this day Nursing degrees were not the norm and we were completely seperate from the school of nursing, we wore different uniforms and lived in with the regular uni students and we had no bursary, we got a grant and a student loan like all other uni students. I remember being tret quite badly on some wards because they did not like degree nurses and thought we only wanted to go into management, I guess some of my colleagues did but the only reason i did a degree was my parents wanted me to go to uni and i had the A-levels so went for it. So glad i did now.

    I remember the mercury thermometers and the pink solution, and having to pick up the mercury with a syringe when you dropped one.

    I remeber not being able to call other memebers of staff by the first names, it had to be sister watson, staff nurse Jones etc.

    I also remember back rounds and the back trolley and the whole general task orientated way of working rather than the individual patient care theory.

    I've only lived in Scotland for 18 months and notice that all wards and hospitals up here have disposable bed pans, but it certainly wasn't the case back in Hull, where we still had metal bed pans or plastic slipper pans which went through a traditional bed pan washer (which inevitably broke down every week, leaving you to scrub the pans yourself)

    Does anywhere still use Virkon? we used it for everything back in Hull, I had 6 months off and went back to nursing in Scotland and they don't use it and haven't heard of it.
  10. by   canoehead
    Quote from XB9S

    Anyone remember silastic foam bungs are they still around

    Is that like a medical bong?
  11. by   XB9S
    nope not a medical bong it came in a tub which you mixed together, I think then you poured the liquid into a wound cavity it filled the cavity. you took it out and washed it every day until it no longer fitted the cavity. Then repeated the process all over again. THats what I remember although it was over 15 years ago

    Great stuff not sure about the evidence around it though.
  12. by   madwife2002
    Quote from suzanne7575
    Some of these bring back memories

    I qualified with a nursing degree in 1997, in this day Nursing degrees were not the norm and we were completely seperate from the school of nursing, we wore different uniforms and lived in with the regular uni students and we had no bursary, we got a grant and a student loan like all other uni students. I remember being tret quite badly on some wards because they did not like degree nurses and thought we only wanted to go into management, I guess some of my colleagues did but the only reason i did a degree was my parents wanted me to go to uni and i had the A-levels so went for it. So glad i did now.

    I remember the mercury thermometers and the pink solution, and having to pick up the mercury with a syringe when you dropped one.

    I remeber not being able to call other memebers of staff by the first names, it had to be sister watson, staff nurse Jones etc.

    I also remember back rounds and the back trolley and the whole general task orientated way of working rather than the individual patient care theory.

    I've only lived in Scotland for 18 months and notice that all wards and hospitals up here have disposable bed pans, but it certainly wasn't the case back in Hull, where we still had metal bed pans or plastic slipper pans which went through a traditional bed pan washer (which inevitably broke down every week, leaving you to scrub the pans yourself)

    Does anywhere still use Virkon? we used it for everything back in Hull, I had 6 months off and went back to nursing in Scotland and they don't use it and haven't heard of it.
    That does surprise me that you were treated so badly because you were doing a degree, especially in 1997-they must have been envious or something
  13. by   RGN1
    Quote from XB9S
    nope not a medical bong it came in a tub which you mixed together, I think then you poured the liquid into a wound cavity it filled the cavity. you took it out and washed it every day until it no longer fitted the cavity. Then repeated the process all over again. THats what I remember although it was over 15 years ago

    Great stuff not sure about the evidence around it though.
    See my post on page 1 or 2 of this thread

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