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now working as a private duty CNA; ex-LPN (retired after 40 yrs) from US
40+ year(s) of experience in PDN; previously med-surg., float, and HH

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  • Feb 19

    I wish nurses still wore caps and dresses. I went to a Catholic school for my LPN program and we had to wear caps and light blue aprons/pinafores to clinicals. I loved it! This was only a few years ago.

  • Feb 14

    There is a show on Lifetime, I believe, called I Survived. It may have some answers.

  • Feb 10

    Quote from EGspirit
    No one cares about anyone anymore.
    I care about a lot of people here. I agree with Mav,

  • Feb 10

    Quote from EGspirit
    No, the onus is on you. Why? Because I couldn't care less if you believe the way I do, or if you know what I know. If you're not seeking answers, if you couldn't give two bits for the afterlife, or if you're a materialist through-and-through, then just ignore me. I don't have to prove anything to you. I don't even want to. I don't really want to defend what I believe. I want to know what YOU believe so that I might modify what I believe, or at least evaluate more closely what I believe.
    Then why post?

  • Feb 6

    Quote from Oldmahubbard
    I was still grieving my beloved cat, whom I had to euthanize several weeks before.

    I began to hear purring. Within a second or two, it was as loud and unmistakable as a purring cat on the chest, yet there was no cat in the house.

    It went on for for 15 or 20 minutes.

    He was letting me know that he was still with me, everything was going to be ok, and to follow my heart.
    It would seem that entities can communicate with us from different levels of reality.

    My older brother Eddy passed away in 2013. Eddy told both my younger sister Cat and I before he died that if there was a way to communicate with us after he was gone, he would.

    Cat was Eddy's primary caregiver in the several months before his death and she believes he has communicated with her on different occasions. Finding previously unknown items that he owned in unusual places is one example.

    I made a little story of how I believed Eddy communicated with me.

    Eddy and I had talked about the spelling of his name sometime before he died. Usually the name is spelled Eddie and his is spelled like the circular movement of water, counter to a main current, causing a small whirlpool.

  • Feb 6

    Quote from Davey Do
    I was involved in an MVA at the age of 19 and suffered a closed head injury, among other multiple fractures a comminuted fractures of my right arm and leg, a lacerated liver, a ruptured spleen, mediastinal air bubble, hematuria, and some other injuries.
    Quote from Davey Do
    ...there were two different stages of my comatose state.

    The first stage, which was probably the deeper state of being unconscious, was akin to many stories I've read of near death experiences. GENERALLY pleasant experiences. The second was misinterpretation of my environment, the ICU, which were generally unpleasant experiences.
    I was unconscious for about three weeks. In the first stage one experience was like one of the bardos described in The Tibetan Book of the Dead where I was surrounded by a gray fog with lots of people in maroon gowns.

    The feeling was extraordinary. I felt loved and a part of the whole, is the best way I can put it.

    I communicated with the people there, but not in words. My maternal grandfather, who died when I was about 6 years old, was there. We knew I could not say in this place but we were all peaceful and happy and felt loved.

    I had many experiences while I was unconscious, but none were like this one.

    After this experience I got into the subject of life after death, reading books like Life After Life by Raymond Moody and several other books on reincarnation, including many on Edgar Cayce.

    For the next several years my beliefs were set in stone until I read
    Quote from Davey Do
    Sherwin Nuland in his book How We Die, believes the brain during its shutdown is bombarded by neurotransmitters to the point that the individual is capable of extraordinary senses, like the out of body experiences by those having had an NDE.
    which shook my beliefs, somewhat.

    However, I chose to believe what I believe, and my beliefs give me peace. For me, it really doesn't matter if there's an afterlife or not. I am grateful for my experiences and will continue to live my life as best I can, to the fullest extent that I can.

  • Feb 6

    I love answering questions like this. I believe an afterlife does exist. I'm a Christian, so I believe in Heaven. I believe our new heavenly bodies are created when we pass from this earth life to our life in heaven where Jesus is. There are many great books of testimony available of peoples experiences regarding the afterlife. One in particular, Within Heaven's Gates by Rebecca Springer is a great account of what she experienced and what God showed her. As a Christian, I try to hold the Bible as my barometer when reading people's accounts of NDE. Also the vision of Marietta Davis, Nine Days in Heaven is incredible. It is hard to wrap my finite mind around eternity but I know in my heart I will spend it with my creator. This is just my personal belief so I hope what I have stated here is not offensive to anyone who is a non-believer as it is not my intent. Just putting in my two cents.

  • Feb 6

    Quote from Mr_Edwino
    ENJOY

    Day's Quandry

    Imagine a world where daytime was permanent, and day was a living entity. In all of her time, Day knew there would be night eventually, but didn't know when exactly. She loved being Day, the sunshine, the reflections, seeing colors, she often wondered what night would be like. "Would it be like myself, like Day, except lighter? Or warmer? Maybe there are two suns that shine hot and bright. She went on imagining this scenario until one day Night arrived. Much to her surprise it was everything that the day was not. Dark, cold, different creatures awoke and frolicked. There were no warm suns, only distant stars and the moon. Day didn't understand, everything she thought was wrong.
    Then a voice spoke:
    "That's because I'm not Day, I am Night."

    Waterworld
    In water world, fire did not exist. Although the inhabitants of Waterworld had speculated about the existence of fire, they had never actually seen it. "Fire is the water without the blue" one man said during a discussion. "No, fire is the place of eternal damnation," shouted a woman. One person said that they came into contact with fire for a moment once, but it disappeared quickly; there was no explanation. There was one wise man that knew: that in the presence of all water, fire would never be able reveal itself to them.

    Life and Death
    Life extends throughout the Earth, creeping into its cracks and crevices.
    Life can fly through the air, and live 10,000 leagues under the sea.
    Where day changes to night, and the temperature is right, life seems to make everything right.
    A place where people dream, and warriors fight,
    Life seems everywhere in sight,
    But when sight is no more,
    And the darkness looms like a distant storm,
    Death is knocking on the door,
    And with the knock there will be fear,
    and a clamor heard from scholars and peers,
    for what will there be, when there is no life?
    No more days, no more nights,
    No more dreams, no more fights,
    No more storms, no more sights,
    no more wrongs, no more rights,
    so who is knocking on the door?
    A mistress from evermore?
    maybe a friend who brings the light?
    It is death
    life's soulmate and wife
    I'm glad you like it. That's how I explain things to my 3 year old; he loves stories

  • Feb 6

    ENJOY

    Day's Quandry

    Imagine a world where daytime was permanent, and day was a living entity. In all of her time, Day knew there would be night eventually, but didn't know when exactly. She loved being Day, the sunshine, the reflections, seeing colors, she often wondered what night would be like. "Would it be like myself, like Day, except lighter? Or warmer? Maybe there are two suns that shine hot and bright. She went on imagining this scenario until one day Night arrived. Much to her surprise it was everything that the day was not. Dark, cold, different creatures awoke and frolicked. There were no warm suns, only distant stars and the moon. Day didn't understand, everything she thought was wrong.
    Then a voice spoke:
    "That's because I'm not Day, I am Night."

    Waterworld
    In water world, fire did not exist. Although the inhabitants of Waterworld had speculated about the existence of fire, they had never actually seen it. "Fire is the water without the blue" one man said during a discussion. "No, fire is the place of eternal damnation," shouted a woman. One person said that they came into contact with fire for a moment once, but it disappeared quickly; there was no explanation. There was one wise man that knew: that in the presence of all water, fire would never be able reveal itself to them.

    Life and Death
    Life extends throughout the Earth, creeping into its cracks and crevices.
    Life can fly through the air, and live 10,000 leagues under the sea.
    Where day changes to night, and the temperature is right, life seems to make everything right.
    A place where people dream, and warriors fight,
    Life seems everywhere in sight,
    But when sight is no more,
    And the darkness looms like a distant storm,
    Death is knocking on the door,
    And with the knock there will be fear,
    and a clamor heard from scholars and peers,
    for what will there be, when there is no life?
    No more days, no more nights,
    No more dreams, no more fights,
    No more storms, no more sights,
    no more wrongs, no more rights,
    so who is knocking on the door?
    A mistress from evermore?
    maybe a friend who brings the light?
    It is death
    life's soulmate and wife

  • Feb 1

    What a fun read! Thank you. Please do share more.

    I wonder which "Nursing Interventions" we use in 2018 will get chuckles from nurses (and nursing students) in 101 years...

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    New England turned out the first formally trained nurse, Linda Richards in 1873 from New England Hospital for Women and Children Training School for Nurses. In 1873 the first nursing school in the U.S. was in New York at Bellevue Hospital that was grounded in Florence Nightingale's principles of nursing.

    Ida Jane Anderson was the first licensed nurse in 1904 out of Rochester. She was on the coattails of the Armstrong Act of 1903 when New York passed the required Registration of Nurses. Once the schools began to create a standard curriculum, regulation followed to become what we know in present day. Regulation and standardization help nursing to be professionalized and make sure that nursing students are taught according to standards that allow them to pass a state board exam.

    The content of state board exams are always being updated and it takes a long time to formulate one question. In the book, Lippincott's Nursing Manuals State Board Questions and Answers for Nurses by John Foote, M.D. we can find some questions that nurses in 1917 and after would have studied to pass their state boards.

    The book that I have the privilege to own, was once owned by an Edith Westhook. I found some typed notes she used to study along with a nurses' record she scribbled on from Philadelphia General Hospital. There was also a small envelope engraved "The Joseph Price Hospital 241 North 18th St. Philadelphia." I would love to have a conversation with Edith.

    Exam Question #1:

    "Name two preparations of nux vomica and give the dose of each. Answer -Tincture of nux vomica, dose to minims, extract of nux vomica, gr.⅙".

    This question gave me a headache, what is nux vomica? Nux vomica is a plant in which the seed is used as a supplement. Some of its uses are for heart and circulatory disorders, lung disease, Raynaud's disease, etc. This plant contains strychnine and has very ugly side effects such as anxiety, muscle spasms, convulsions, liver failure and death.

    Exam Question #2:

    "What is the dose of tincture of nux vomica and what is its action?

    Answer - Tincture of nux vomica is given in dosage from 8 to 15 minims. Its action is that of strychnia - a stimulant to the circulation, respiration and digestive organs, through its action on the spinal nerve centres" (yes, that is the spelling used in the book).

    Exam Question #3:

    "Describe method of giving hypodermatic injections.

    1. Scrub the skin well, preferably the outer part of the arm, with soap and water, followed by alcohol, or at least with alcohol alone, or paint the skin with ½ strength tincture of iodine.
    2. Place the needle in a tablespoon filled with water and boil it for two minutes over a flame from a stove or gas jet.
    3. Draw the hot water into the barrel of the syringe and return it several times to clean the syringe barrel. Boil the water again, fill the barrel with it, and empty excess from the spoon.
    4. Screw needle into syringe barrel, being careful to touch nothing but the base of the needle.
    5. Place a tablet in spoon, empty syringe on tablet, and draw solution again into the syringe.
    6. Hold syringe needle up and push piston until air is expelled from needle and a well formed drop appears at tip. PInch up a portion of cleaned skin which does not show any veins, insert the needle with a quick movement under the fold of raised skin, and expel the contents slowly, withdraw needle and gently massage the elevation produced. Wipe off puncture with alcohol.
    7. Rinse needle and syringe in water, followed by alcohol."

    Am I glad I don't have to worry about sanitizing a needle and the barrel of the syringe. Of course, there weren't the PPI standards we have today. Gloves are not spoken of, and needless to say, the chance of contamination was high with human error and shortcuts.

    We are very fortunate to live in the times that we do, and have the experience and information of all the nurses that come before us to implement into the standards we have now. If you want more early 1900 state board questions, tell me and I will share. I have a whole book of them!

  • Feb 1

    Welcome to the wonderful world of long term care!!! Yes, they are all the same!!!! Yes, I know the truth hurts especially to a new grad. But the Bible says "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free". My last nursing job in long term care was horrific!!! I got out of there in the nick of time. Seriously, if I would have tried to stay any longer I would have had a "nervous breakdown". I just now retired. Best of luck to you. Hope you can survive!!!

  • Jan 18

    She's trained in search and delivery.


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