Remember pagers? - page 3

One of my favorite things to do with my incredibly outstanding medical nurse wife Belinda is to watch a medical show, pause the DVD, and discuss what's taking place or recall a situation. Last... Read More

  1. by   angel0309
    I may be showing my age here, but I honestly have no idea what in the heck a pager is??
  2. by   Kitiger
    I remember the first time I saw a vibrating pager. The Doc left it at the nurse's station, then went to a phone and called his pager. That pager started buzzing and vibrating across the desk ... while I peeled myself off the ceiling!

    Davey, picture please?
  3. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Kitiger
    I remember the first time I saw a vibrating pager. The Doc left it at the nurse's station, then went to a phone and called his pager. That pager started buzzing and vibrating across the desk ... while I peeled myself off the ceiling!

    Davey, picture please?
    Well, Kitiger, if you insist!

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  4. by   Davey Do
    Quote from angel0309
    I may be showing my age here, but I honestly have no idea what in the heck a pager is??
    Bless your heart, angel. You submitted the post of my dreams.

    Pagers were (are?) little black boxes about the size of a container of Tic Tacs that I wore on my belt or kept in my pocket that would beep or vibrate when someone paged me. The caller would enter a number where the call was to be returned and it showed up on a small green screen.

    Texts could be sent on later pagers before I lost track of them, having used pagers from 1986 when I would be on call for OR until 1995 when I ended my tenure as a nursing supervisor for an HH agency.

    Thank you, angel. Now I can die with a smile on my face, feeling like the Good Lord hasn't gypped me out of anything.

    Good night.
  5. by   rn1965
    Yes, I had a pager, in 1997.

    My most vivid memory was when I had it on vibrate only, in the middle of a NRP certification class. No sooner had I tubed the "baby" when my pager vibrated and I yanked the tube and the "baby" clear across the table.

    I was already nervous in class, then that! But, the instructor laughed so hard, she had to cross her legs. She said, try not to do that in real life, through tears streaming down her face!

    Good times.
  6. by   nrsang97
    Remember them? I still use one daily for rapid responses, codes, code grays, sepsis codes, stroke alerts, and whatever else they will think of.
  7. by   EllaBella1
    Same! I still carry one when I work rapid response for sepsis alerts. And on the floors we still page the on call hospitalist for needs on night shift.

    I do remember carrying one when I was out with friends in high school though. My mom had developed a set of numbers that she would page me that meant different things such as where are you, and you had better get your a** home now. lol.
  8. by   Davey Do
    Quote from rn1965
    Yes, I had a pager, in 1997.

    My most vivid memory was when I had it on vibrate only, in the middle of a NRP certification class. No sooner had I tubed the "baby" when my pager vibrated and I yanked the tube and the "baby" clear across the table.

    She said, try not to do that in real life.

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  9. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Rose_Queen
    Whaddaya mean remember? I still have one!
    Quote from llg
    I still have one
    Quote from SeasonedTech
    Um....we still use pagers in my hospital.
    Quote from FurBabyMom
    Remember? Don't have to "remember" since they are still prolific at work!
    Quote from djh123
    Believe it or not, we got 'em where I work right now.
    Quote from nrsang97
    Remember them? I still use one daily
    Quote from EllaBella1
    Same! I still carry one
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  10. by   Ruby Vee
    Man's Best Hospital was still using pagers for their critical care transport team when my husband retired a few years ago. We had a bowl near the front door where we'd drop our keys and phones when we came home, and where he'd drop his pager if he was on call. He had the irritating habit of leaving the pager turned on, even when he wasn't on call. And he'd leave the pager in the bowl even when he WAS on call, then he'd disappear into his man cave and ignore the pages. I finally got him to leave it on vibrate so the incessant beeping didn't drive me absolutely insane. But one day, he was on call and the pager vibrated so much that it walked the bowl right off the table and smashed it on our tile floor. DH heard the crash, and, leaving the smashed bowl right where it was, got a stainless steel mixing bowl out of the cupboard and placed his pager and keys inside. Do you have ANY idea how much noise a vibrating pager makes inside a stainless steel bowl? GRRRRRRRRR!
  11. by   3ringnursing
    8675309 ... Jenny
  12. by   PeakRN
    Even though we have hospital issues smart phones we still have a hospital ED charge pagers (as well as charge for many other units), and most of our call services still have pagers. My former level I trauma center still has pagers for every person on the trauma service from EMT to attending trauma surgeon. Back when I was in the fire service we were issued pagers in addition to our radios and other dispatching systems.

    Pagers operate on a different frequency than radios, cell phones, and wifi. We carried them for times that other means couldn't reliably relay information to use to due to geographical or architectural conditions.

    I kind of miss having the trauma pager go off during a presentation or some random meeting, but apparently that's becoming a thing of the past anyway.

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