When we were younger new flegling nurses :D - page 3

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   Bammy
    Hi all, I've found the same thing when it comes to being a degree student. We are totally outnumbered and get a much smaller bursary, im on 50 quid a week. It's not so bad as we get a 2000 quid loan a yr as well, but its not enough and doesnt seem fair that we have to pay that back when the diploma nurses get all of their money for free!!
    I have a lot of friends on the diploma programme and there isnt much problem there but i have been asked why im doing a degree by some qualified nurses and one even asked me if i thought i was better than the diploma students!! I just told her i've got a levels and so thought i might as well use them! it's not on tho, many just assume you're doing diploma then when they ask about assignments and modules they get a shock when you mention your dissertation. I think its mostly a lack of awareness.

    Hel
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  2. by   cariad
    degree students were very thin on the ground where i was, and i think that its just a lack of knowledge as to what the degree nurses are expected to study compared to the diploma students. but there were plenty of diploma nurses who were going ahead with the degree programme , either as soon as they had finished their training or even more mature nurses were doing it.
  3. by   burn out
    I remember wearing all white uniforms and nursing caps(always getting tangled up in the curtains between the beds)
    I remember chest tubes connected to 3 large vaccum jars.
    I remember that you didn't want the patient to think that you didn't want to touch them so you never wore gloves unless you were doing a sterile procedure.
    I remember when 500 bed hospitals were always full.
    I remember counting drips to calculate IV fluid rates.
    I remember having to calculate mcgs/kg/min long math
    I remember using a slide rule to calculate cardiac outputs.
    Last edit by burn out on Feb 7, '07
  4. by   RGN1
    Quote from burn out
    I remember wearing all white uniforms and nursing caps(always getting tangled up in the curtains between the beds)
    I remember chest tubes connected to 3 large vaccum jars.
    I remember that you didn't want the patient to think that you didn't want to touch them so you never wore gloves unless you were doing a sterile procedure.
    I remember when 500 bed hospitals were always full.
    I remember counting drips to calculate IV fluid rates.
    I remember having to calculate mcgs/kg/min long math
    I remember using a slide rule to calculate cardiac outputs.
    Glad someone's pulled this thread back BTW I was getting fed up of the graduate vs diploma thing!! I did the straight RGN - not even a diploma but I'm a great nurse - just ask my colleagues & my patients!!!!! You're either a good nurse or you're not & how you got there makes NO difference!

    I remember those chest drains! I have to say though I've always worn gloves - if the patient commented I just said it was to protect them.

    I remember learning to count those drips too, only to find that out in the "real" world you just did your best guesstimate!

    I remember the camaraderie between us students because we all lived & worked in the same place throughout our training. The students I meet now are all really nice but they hardly seem know each other! They all start doing different placements & some of them have to travel miles now. It seems a shame. The sense of belonging we had has gone for them.
  5. by   madwife2002
    Yes living together was the best thing about being a student nurse. We paid 40 pounds per month for our room. When I qualified I still lived in and that cost 90 pounds a month.
    We had so many parties that one day rolled in to the next. We once sold tickets to our summer party after a gang of us had gone to Majorca for a two week holiday and we wanted the holiday to continue:roll We went round the pubs in Withington and made loads of money for booze. We made this punch and I kid you not it almost burnt the bin it was made in it was that strong. The next morning there was none left but not one of us who had made it drank any.
    We laughed through every inch of our training I never ever had so much fun in my life as that 3 year course.
  6. by   Bammy
    Hi, we still live together! it was great, in the first yr the uni of leeds put 50 of us all in one block together, it was brilliant...very noisy tho!! to this day i live with 6 other nursing students in our own house..rented of course! we have alot of fun, just back from the pub in fact...i dont want it to end!!
  7. by   madwife2002
    Quote from Bammy
    Hi, we still live together! it was great, in the first yr the uni of leeds put 50 of us all in one block together, it was brilliant...very noisy tho!! to this day i live with 6 other nursing students in our own house..rented of course! we have alot of fun, just back from the pub in fact...i dont want it to end!!
    I so miss the pub and the social life. Sounds fantastic
  8. by   RGN1
    Quote from madwife2002
    I so miss the pub and the social life. Sounds fantastic
    Don't you have a social life any more then?

    You've got to go get one again! I've just re-discovered mine - was out every night the weekend just gone, sometimes with the kids, sometimes without. I'm determined not to let it go when I'm in the USA but I do have the advantage of having friends there already, who we go out with when we're on vacation.

    With your move halfway round the world & everything that then happened to you you deserve to go have some fun!!
  9. by   XB9S
    Quote from RGN1
    I remember those chest drains! I have to say though I've always worn gloves - if the patient commented I just said it was to protect them.

    I remember learning to count those drips too, only to find that out in the "real" world you just did your best guesstimate!
    I remember being horrified at the fact that qualified nurses didn't actually count the drips.

    As for gloves we were actually given a hard time for wearing them for anything other than sterile procedures.

    I remember empty beds and the Ward sister managing her own beds and admissions and on that not I remember always getting your elective surgical admissions in and if you worked on a surgical ward there was no way a medical patient was going to be there

    Ohhhh that almost sounds like a rant
  10. by   madwife2002
    Quote from RGN1
    Don't you have a social life any more then?

    You've got to go get one again! I've just re-discovered mine - was out every night the weekend just gone, sometimes with the kids, sometimes without. I'm determined not to let it go when I'm in the USA but I do have the advantage of having friends there already, who we go out with when we're on vacation.

    With your move halfway round the world & everything that then happened to you you deserve to go have some fun!!

    We have a small social life but to be truthful we dont have much money spare anymore and to have a busy social life you need more money plus a babysitter that is not going to cost an arm and a leg.
    To be honest we have changed such a lot in the past 18 months, and my priority now is having a pool lol.

    We live in a beautiful community but night life is minimum
  11. by   RGN1
    Quote from madwife2002
    We have a small social life but to be truthful we dont have much money spare anymore and to have a busy social life you need more money plus a babysitter that is not going to cost an arm and a leg.
    To be honest we have changed such a lot in the past 18 months, and my priority now is having a pool lol.

    We live in a beautiful community but night life is minimum
    You're right about the babysitting thing! The real reason I've re-discovered my social life is that my eldest is old enough - & sensible enough - to be left in charge from time to time!

    Yup a pool is great - we love ours in Florida - has a jacuzzi attached & floating remote to turn it on/off or heat it/cool it! How SAD are we!!!! Hope to be having some of my social life set right up by that pool when we finally get over for good! Our area is also a little short on the night-life so we'll have to make our own!!

    Do you remember that "hospital" smell that literally seemed to soak into your skin? When I did my return to nursing in 2005 it just didn't smell like that anymore. I guess they were using powerful disinfectants then that are probably banned now!! Wonder if that's why the MRSA rates soared?!!
  12. by   madwife2002
    Yeah I remember the smell I loved it, it never smells like a hospital anymore.
    Do you remember the bell you rang to get rid of the visitors and how you would ring it viciously the second time when they weren't leaving promptly.

    All the opening of the pillows would face away from the in door.

    I worked as a student in one place where you would have to hide when the Surgeon did his rounds
  13. by   Silverdragon102
    I loved it when we had set visiting times, gave us chance to catch up on other stuff, I know some hospitals are bringing it back

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