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Joined Feb 9, '04 - from 'Somewhere in the midwest'. BittyBabyGrower is a Nurse of course!. He has '30+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'NICU, PICU, educator'. Posts: 1,838 (19% Liked) Likes: 1,112

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  • Apr 21

    I was a student in a diploma
    program in early 80's.
    --No gloves, it was considered degrading to your patient and would make them feel bad.
    --Every patient got a bath and linen change every single day come hell or high water.
    --We had a bottle of whiskey locked in the Med cabinet for the alcoholics so they wouldn't go thru DTs....the docs had to order it.
    --We actually had orders that it was okay for our patients to go to the Solarium and smoke.
    --Most patients were in the hospital for at least a week.
    --We mixed our own meds in glass bottles.
    --We practiced team
    nursing. You would have 15 patients with an LPN and aide to help you. You did the assessment, the LPN did the vitals and we all helped with ADLs.
    --Everyone did get their lunch, and the doctors had their own cafeteria and dining room.
    --Our secretary would take off all
    the orders and leave us little "treatment" and med cards hanging on the desk for us.
    --We made coffee and toast on
    the floor for the patients.
    --In the evening we would do cares, help the patients wash up and give them a back rub before they went to bed. I can still smell the hospital lotion!
    --You could smoke at the nurses desk, the conference room and
    lunch room. Patients smoked while in bed.

    Then I was a new nurse in the NICU from mid80's on. I'll just say, thank goodness for EBP!
    --We suctioned all intubated kids every 2 hours whether they needed it or not. We also turned them every time.
    --We used dopamine and donut amine like a vitamin.
    --Every single admission got a full septic work up including an LP.
    --We weighed every single kid every single night no matter what, even if they had 6 chest tubes, intubated and on vasopressors.
    --We would hand bag kids for hours or days until an ECMO bed became available. We only had one hospital in our city with 4 beds, other wise they went out
    of state by helicopter.
    --All kids got a full bath before being put to bed after admission.
    --we made all our own meds and drips.
    --We rarely have pain medications...premie babies didn't feel pain.
    --Along the same line, premies were only paralyzed for surgery, no anesthesia or pain meds.
    --Comfort care wasn't offered, it was all or nothing.


    Thank goodness for progress!

  • Feb 9

    1. Overheard at a new admitted baby's bedside: "Look, they have mini booze here!" Figured out they were talking about our blood culture bottles lol

    2. A family asked to talk to the charge nurse, that being me.
    "You need to assign one nurse to our baby, no other patients, so they can stand here with a hand on our baby at all times. We believe this is best for our baby." Yup, will jump right on that.

    3. "Can you tell me when his balls will grow? Maybe he needs a special doctor to look at him, he doesn't have balls" This said about a 24 weeker. Let me sprinkle some special ball grower dust on there.

  • Jan 15

    It's a hard place and a rock for
    sure. I have reported one co-worker when I worked in PICU, kind of the same thing, I was a fill
    in and every time I worked this person would always ask me to sign for a waste that I didn't witness, which I refused to do. She finally stopped asking me. Two other per diems noticed the same thing. I went to the manager and voiced my concern and they did drug test the person, low and behold it was positive for benzos. I did feel bad, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

  • Jan 13

    1. Overheard at a new admitted baby's bedside: "Look, they have mini booze here!" Figured out they were talking about our blood culture bottles lol

    2. A family asked to talk to the charge nurse, that being me.
    "You need to assign one nurse to our baby, no other patients, so they can stand here with a hand on our baby at all times. We believe this is best for our baby." Yup, will jump right on that.

    3. "Can you tell me when his balls will grow? Maybe he needs a special doctor to look at him, he doesn't have balls" This said about a 24 weeker. Let me sprinkle some special ball grower dust on there.

  • Jan 13

    1. Overheard at a new admitted baby's bedside: "Look, they have mini booze here!" Figured out they were talking about our blood culture bottles lol

    2. A family asked to talk to the charge nurse, that being me.
    "You need to assign one nurse to our baby, no other patients, so they can stand here with a hand on our baby at all times. We believe this is best for our baby." Yup, will jump right on that.

    3. "Can you tell me when his balls will grow? Maybe he needs a special doctor to look at him, he doesn't have balls" This said about a 24 weeker. Let me sprinkle some special ball grower dust on there.

  • Jan 12

    1. Overheard at a new admitted baby's bedside: "Look, they have mini booze here!" Figured out they were talking about our blood culture bottles lol

    2. A family asked to talk to the charge nurse, that being me.
    "You need to assign one nurse to our baby, no other patients, so they can stand here with a hand on our baby at all times. We believe this is best for our baby." Yup, will jump right on that.

    3. "Can you tell me when his balls will grow? Maybe he needs a special doctor to look at him, he doesn't have balls" This said about a 24 weeker. Let me sprinkle some special ball grower dust on there.

  • Dec 31 '16

    Have to do what you have to do, but I wouldn't tell my co-workers why I called off, especially if they work the same kind of rotations.

    We had one scheduler that would schedule you 7p-7a on Saturday and rotate you back to days on Monday 7a-7p. Talk about brutal.

  • Dec 24 '16

    Quote from NOADLS
    The affluent new grad princesses hint that NICU is the goldmine.
    They don't work in my unit lol Of course all we do is sit and rock babies all night. Huh!

  • Dec 22 '16

    We have a bunch of horrible lay midwives that we encounter every now and again. All of our Level 3's in the area have been receipents of devastated kids from them. The thing that gets me is that the parents never ever feel that the "midwives" have done anything wrong! They circle the wagons and protect this group. I just don't get it.

    Low risk home births with a certified midwife who is connected to a hospital or birthing center can be fine, but these crunchy crazy lay midwives are dangerous and in my opinion should be arrested when we get a bad kid from their incompetence.

  • Nov 14 '16

    We scan items at the bedside, we are usually signed in there to check orders and such. Can you do that?

  • Nov 9 '16

    Depends on the month..if it is 500gms and gasping, it is coming back Sometimes less than 500gm and twitching and we'll take it. Then we proceed to basically torture these kids for 6 months or so, if they make it that long, and then they PPHN, get put on nitric, and then die. I hate it. Just because we can, doesn't mean we should. I wish the docs would grow a pair and be up front with these parents, esp once the kid has a big bleed, a black gut and skin peeling off, and just say, there is nothing else we can do, we will give your baby morphine and let you hold him so that he can pass away in your arms. yeah. That is my dream world.

  • Oct 25 '16

    Ask a few people if they want to do lunch and holiday shopping...it could become a tradition Sometimes you have to put yourself out there. There has to be a few people you talk to, start with them



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