When we were younger new flegling nurses :D

  1. 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

    Right what I remember when training and qualifying in the 1980's

    Hiding when consultant came onto the ward
    Eating breakfast in the toilet
    Enough people on the ward to ensure all care was given and time to talk to patients
    Bed pan rounds (didn't do the pans piled on trolley tho)
    Pressure rounds (set trolley at set times checking patients pressure areas)
    O2 on pressure sores
    trial on using maggots on wounds
    Tidy clean wards


    Right anyone else :lol_hitti
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  2. 46 Comments

  3. by   muffie
    ward had a pt lounge---with ashtrays
    nurses smoked w the pts !!!
    not one pump per iv[now we do]
    mixing iv antibiotics
    never taking breaks[not now]
    never signing in for OT
    having an IV team
    45 min. taped report...ughhhhh
  4. by   madwife2002
    Quote from muffie
    ward had a pt lounge---with ashtrays
    nurses smoked w the pts !!!
    not one pump per iv[now we do]
    mixing iv antibiotics
    never taking breaks[not now]
    never signing in for OT
    having an IV team
    45 min. taped report...ughhhhh
    Gosh I remember smoking with the pts-how bad was that
  5. by   english_nurse
    Quote from muffie
    ward had a pt lounge---with ashtrays
    nurses smoked w the pts !!!
    not one pump per iv[now we do]
    mixing iv antibiotics
    never taking breaks[not now]
    never signing in for OT
    having an IV team
    45 min. taped report...ughhhhh
    we still mix iv antibiotics here and jeeze, it takes forever
    the patient lounge now has 6 beds in it with no extra staff!!!
    break? whats that??
    do you know what, i only qualified three years ago and the job has changed loads in that short space of time.
  6. by   XB9S
    Soap and water enemas:uhoh21:

    bowel prep as an ng tube one end commode the other and water/ picolax running into the ng

    Oxygen for pressure sores - we had just moved away from egg white

    Anyone remember silastic foam bungs are they still around

    We did the bedpan and commode rounds

    Students jobs were to clean the sluice, bed pans (which were metal without this nice cardboard disposable) so we really did have to clean them before putting them in the automatic bedpan washer
  7. by   cariad
    hey, dont you know that the states dont have disposable bedpans, nor a sluice, all plastic bedpans charged to the patient used in the rooms and then washed in the patients own bathroom, and then thrown away on patient discharge.
    american nurses are amazed when you tell them that we have cardboard urinals and bedpans and they dont understand how that works.
  8. by   english_nurse
    no poo eating machine in usa?
    am shocked
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    manual handling, australian lift, 2 people lifting patients up the bed when really should use more people, although now you use the hoist.

    managing to shut wards in winter and summer... now it is a struggle to find beds and staff to man them
  10. by   clemmm78
    glass bottles for IV fluid. To be fair, they were phased out just as I was starting in 1978, but I do remember them!
  11. by   madwife2002
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    manual handling, australian lift, 2 people lifting patients up the bed when really should use more people, although now you use the hoist.

    managing to shut wards in winter and summer... now it is a struggle to find beds and staff to man them
    Well they still do lifing here in the US-
  12. by   madwife2002
    Quote from english_nurse
    no poo eating machine in usa?
    am shocked

    NO
  13. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from madwife2002
    Well they still do lifing here in the US-
    I know... It amazes me
  14. by   Grace Oz
    manual handling, australian lift, 2 people lifting patients up the bed when really should use more people, although now you use the hoist.
    the very reason many of us older nurses have such bad back problems! no hoist's in 'those' days! we used our bodies as crane's!

    and.............
    "weekend" cleaning! :uhoh21: so called because we did it on.... yep, the weekend! lol wheels on the beds, overway, bedside locker's! imagine young nurses,- any nurse!- doing that today! lol

    living in the nurses quarters! something i think today's nurses miss out on. we had some memorable and fun times.

    washing and re-using bandages! true! in 1967 in the australian outback, we used to wash, by hand mostly!, while on night duty, bandages which were suitable for re-use.

    collecting all the thermometer's, (the old mercury/glass ones), in a glass jar from the little holder on the pt's bed and soaking them (all together), in a pink disinfectant. can't recall the name of it now.
    and/or .............. doing the obs (observations) rounds carrying the thermometers (all of them) in a jar filled with same solution! after you took a pts temp, you placed the thermometer back into the jar with all the others! with each pt you just took any thermometer from the jar and popped it into the pt's mouth! wiping it with an alcohol swab of course! can you even try and imagine doing that thesedays??!!! lol

    oh my! i am showing my age here now! those were the days ..... not! lol

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