Nursing History: Bedmaking Competition





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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   deespoohbear
    Thanks Karen for posting that. I kind of enjoy making beds (while at work ). Gives me a few moments to unwind and kind of reorganize my thoughts. Weird, huh?
  4. by   renerian
    I got a kick out of that Karen!

    renerian
  5. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Thanks Karen! How cute! I will check out that site. (Given the recent threads about uniforms....check out THOSE unis!!!)
  6. by   frannybee
    Of all the basic necessities at work (baths, bedmaking, toileting, pills etc) I look forward to making beds the most. There's something so satisfying about a freshly made bed with clean, crisp sheets and hospital corners. It's the obsessive-compulsive in me.
  7. by   baseline
    LOL. I just made my bed at home and was prompted to post a silly thread..... but I feel the same way.....I enjoy nothing more than fresh clean linen and a well-made bed!! In the hospital or at home. Promotes rest !!!!
  8. by   NurseShell
    Does anyone else use hospital corners at home?

    My mother and my Nana were both in the medical profession (MA and LPN respectively) and that's how I learned to make my bed from day one - hospital corners.

    I couldn't believe how many of my classmates had no clue what they were.
  9. by   teeituptom
    I DONT KNOW ABOUT CORNERS, DO YOU WANT ME ASK MY HOUSEKEEEPER HOW SHE DOES IT.



    DOO WAH DITTY
  10. by   SharpPetal
    I love this political talk
  11. by   unbridled
    I just finished a nurse aide class that is a prerequisite for nursing school this fall. The worst part was the bed-making. Vital signs? No problem. Complete bed bath? A breeze. Catheter care? Easy. Mitered corners? Total disaster. I practiced and practiced in our lab. Others in the class tried to help, but I always end up with many pleats across the end of the bed.

    This is probably because I rarely make my own bed (I only use a bottom fitted sheet and if I even use a top cover it's only one layer - I fight the covers all night long if there is more than one).

    I know patients/residents need a nicely made, wrinkle-free bed and I really want to give that to them, but I just haven't been able to get a handle on that yet. I'm still practicing - I'm not giving up yet.
  12. by   memphispanda
    I'm a pretty bad bedmaker myself. Thank goodness we have fitted bottom sheets! I know how to do the corners and all, it's the confounded draw sheet that gives me grief!
  13. by   deespoohbear
    Originally posted by unbridled
    I just finished a nurse aide class that is a prerequisite for nursing school this fall. The worst part was the bed-making. Vital signs? No problem. Complete bed bath? A breeze. Catheter care? Easy. Mitered corners? Total disaster. I practiced and practiced in our lab. Others in the class tried to help, but I always end up with many pleats across the end of the bed.

    This is probably because I rarely make my own bed (I only use a bottom fitted sheet and if I even use a top cover it's only one layer - I fight the covers all night long if there is more than one).

    I know patients/residents need a nicely made, wrinkle-free bed and I really want to give that to them, but I just haven't been able to get a handle on that yet. I'm still practicing - I'm not giving up yet.
    It takes time. Just keep practicing. I had trouble getting the hospital corners down too but eventually I got the knack of it. Maybe you could ask for tips from one of the more experienced CNA's for tips. That is what I did and it really helped. You will get it.
  14. by   P_RN
    I agree thank goodness for fitted bottom sheets.

    Back "in the day" they were all flat sheets. Let's see new bottom sheet, take the old top sheet and make it the draw sheet and new top sheet. Oh yes there was a rubber sheet that went under the draw sheet. Oh the FUN!

    Then you fan-folded the top and blanket down so that their edge just covered the bottom of the draw sheet.

    On a post op bed you fan folded once and then made a point by pulling the corners down to meet the opposite corner.

    And these were RULES!

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