Let's play I Remember When..... - page 5

I think it would be a good idea and fun for any nurse who has been working for, oh let's say 15+ years, to post a message for the younger and/or less experienced nurses, so they can see where us... Read More

  1. by   banditrn
    I didn't go into nursing until the late 80's, but I still remember a lot of those things:
    Smoking at the nurses station - not allowed on days, but OK the rest of the time.

    Soap suds enemas! They stopped doing those when a surgeon did a scope - and all he could see were bubbles!

    Calculating IV drip rates - I don't believe I could do that now to save my life.
  2. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from Gudnurse
    When beds were made, the pillow case opening ABSOLUTELY had to be facing away from the door. OR WHAT????
    When I went through CNA school at the end of last year, my instructor taught us this same thing. Yes, she was older, but awesome. I asked her why the end of the pillowcase had to face away from the door. She said it was for esthetic reasons. I don't think patients give a care...
  3. by   SaraO'Hara
    I've been a CNA for two months.. but:

    - I have to mitre corners on bed linens.
    - Pillowcases must open away from the door.
    - I was taught how to give enemas.

    And all kinds of other things that are apparently old-fashioned. My instructor was a 70-year-old hard-nose LPN - I really liked her a lot.
  4. by   MU/WVUGRADRN
    Love this thread. Glad it has been resurrected.

    I graduated in 1968. Previous postings bring back so many memories.

    Let me add a couple of my memories:
    Almost failing clinicals one day because my pillow case had the opening pointed towards the door.
    Taking care of the post op cataract patient (who stayed in the hospital for about 5 days). They had to be fed because their heads had to be kept flat. Sand bags were placed on both sides of their heads so they could not move them.
    Thanks for the great posts.
  5. by   SaraO'Hara

    Ah, and my facility just got rid of the crank beds last year.
  6. by   babiesX2
    A large hospital we go to has a display of antique medical equipment. There is a set of "rectal dilators" on display. Can anyone tell me what were those used for? :uhoh21:

    My oldest daughter is 13 (14 in Nov.). I wasn't a nurse then, but I remember her being brought to me in a large cart that had compartments for all the babies. Oh, yeah, I was forced to go down the hall for a sitz bath several times a day.

    We have an elderly dr. at the hospital I work at and he routinely write orders for bottles of IV fluids. LOL
  7. by   fantasie
    Any old OB nurses out there? How about buccal pit, alcohol gtts for PTL, babies being delivered in the exam room because of the "enemas til clear" admit order, 7-day stays for a vag delivery, twilight sleep, and (heard about this one, its even before my time) rectal exams instead of vag exams?
  8. by   sirI
    Yes, to all, fantasie, even the rectal exams. Vivid memories of WILD labors with the scope - strapping down on the delivery table every single tiime. Hate buccal pit (personal experience). Also, mainlined the twilight - no IVs until after delivery. Not uncommon to give couple hundred mg demerol. Lorfan 10 mins prior to delivery..........
    Last edit by sirI on Aug 18, '06
  9. by   gitterbug
    Does anyone pick up the fact that patient load was heavy but work was completed? Of course, there was support staff to assist the nurse and our
    jobs gave us a sense of pride.

    Remember when every patient had I & O and VS charted everyday, every shift.
  10. by   athena55
    Hello All!
    My goodness, I can't believe this is the first I am viewing this thread! Okay, my recall, and I know others have stated the same things:
    Glass syringes. I remember I almost failed nursing school because I couldn't get the knack of putting the darn thing together "aseptically" without touching the inside of the paper that it was wrapped in.....
    Remember counting the Needles and Syringes at end of shift?
    Non-disposable gloves, endotracheal tubes. We had to collect all the gloves we used for the shift and return them to Central Supply so that they could be re-sterilized.
    Speaking of non-disposable endotracheal tubes...Remember when you had to switch the ET tube from one side of the mouth to the other, to prevent breakdown because the red rubber tube was so darn rigid?
    Remember when the night shift had to beg, borrow or steal supplies from another floor because days or evenings had a big surgical case and used up all the alloted 4x4's For The Week?
    Remember when windows in the rooms could be opened? ( and they would be opened especially during the spring and summer times)
    Remember how you were taught in nursing school, in the event of a mattress fire, you were to remove your patient from the smoldering bed, drag the burning mattress to the window and throw it out (the window)? That was when patients were allowed to smoke in their beds
    Speaking of smoking in the hospital, remember when physicians would make rounds with a lit cigarette dangling out of their mouths?
    Remember wards with a central nursing station?
    Remember when a patient could be legally denied care in the Emergency Department?
    Remember when the E.D. was called E.R and triage was done by the ER admitting clerk?
    Remember dumb waiters that were in the older-type hospitals?
    Remember how hospital used to smell like rubbing alcohol?
    Remember when you walked into the ICU and you smelled the distinct smell of Paraldehyde and you knew you (and your patient)were in for a rough night?
    Remember the very first arterial line setup? That big contraption of a monitor (with such a teeny tiny screen) and the non-disposable transducer that cost like hundreds of dollars. A colleague of mine accidentally threw out the metal transducer and then spent that morning in the garbage dumpster until she found it
    Remember the first generation of Swan Ganz and how it would take hours to insert one because you had to wait for the fluoroscopy machine to be available and sent up to the ICU? I was on the "Swan Ganz insertion team" and would come in at 0500 to assist with the set-up, insertion and after-care.
    Any one remember the Levin Shunt?
    Remember how we treated CHF and pulmonary edema way back in the day? By using tourniquets (a tourniquet was placed on three extremities, making sure not to occlude the arterial pulse, and rotating them every 15 minutes using a flow sheet to document the placement and vitals) Or, how about "wet phlebotomy" where you were actually taking 500 ml of blood out of a patient? This was a few years before Morphine was routinely used
    Remember if you had a patient who had subcutaneous emphysema, and the surgeon would routinely make small slits in the skin with a scalpel, to release the trapped air?
    Remember Da Nang Lung? Precursor to ARDS
    Remember when the highest anyone dared to use PEEP was 20 cm?
    Remember when the standard nursing practice (1973) was to suction an intubated patient every 15 minutes?
    Remember when some patients who had small bowel surgery and had a jejunostomy tube in situ, would sometimes have the drainage from the j-tube re-instilled into their nasogastric tube? Rationale at that time was to give the patient back the enzymes that were being drained out of them....
    Remember your very first shift as a new graduate nurse?
    Sorry, I sort of got carried away.
  11. by   Lesli61
    I remember being a 15 y.o. candystriper, having to do vitals and charting on the floor. Then as a 16 y.o candystriper in the ER digging wallets out of bloody purses from car accident victims to get their information. I also cleaned suture trays and handled sharps with no gloves!
  12. by   robfall
    From the EMS side; using MAST pants on hypotensive patients. And having the ED staff cut them off! Cleaning contaminated MAST at the local self serve car wash. Using EOA's instead of ET for codes. Having to call in to the base hospital for orders to defibrillate.
  13. by   OC_An Khe
    Da Nang lung, now that I haven't heard since '69 in the Central Highlands.