You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 12
You know you're an older nurse if: 1. You remember working with nurses who wore caps. :nurse: 2. You remember nurses (and doctors) sitting at the nurses station drinking coffee and smoking... Read More
Dec 12, '06Specialty: MedSurg.-Tele, Home health, LTC ; Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 491; Likes: 87Quote from cheshirecatwow!Treating pressure sore with egg white and oxygen.
Dec 12, '06From: US ; Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 2,694; Likes: 126Quote from Nancy Nurse 8Okay, this may make me sound very old-fashioned, but when I graduate from nursing school I am gonna get one of those navy blue nursing capes with the red lining!*Remember colored uniforms at some hosps., denoting position? White for RN, light blue for CNA, yellow for housekeeping.
*After giving an IM, you'd poke it into the mattress for a minute til you were ready to recap it.
*Hyperemesis being treated with Thorazine drips to "snow" the Mom a few days til she was better.
*4 people to a room, and one bathroom! Or it was down the hall....ick.
*The old ancient fetal stethesope...like a band on the forehead with a hard straight tube and trumpet-shaped bell. The Dr. put it on, then stuck his forehead on the pregnant woman's abdomen. Hard to look dignified!:chuckle
*If a pt. was in isolation, we'd just wear a pt. gown backwards.
*The "astronaut" garb we had to wear for AIDS pts. followed by wshing your hands in dilute bleach after de-gowning!
*The nice heavy weight of a glass syringe and metal tubex as you threw it like a dart into a hip. I hated the lightweight carpujects and had to relearn how to spear it into someone.
**Navy blue Nurses' capes....my Mom had one! You saved for months to afford one then...the Depression.
This thread is a gas! :roll
My Great-Aunt still has hers and she says I can have it. My mother can sew so she says she will sew me up a nice wool one with gold buttons or REAL Ivory buttons!!!!!. I think I will look rather 'kewl' in winter time!Last edit by sunnyjohn on Dec 12, '06
Dec 12, '06Occupation: L & D Specialty: 17 year(s) of experience in trauma, critial care, ob, transplant ; Joined: Dec '06; Posts: 16you were thrilled to make $8 per hour!
Dec 12, '06Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 14,199; Likes: 59,514Quote from nursekim28590[font="comic sans ms"]you were thrilled to make $8 per hour!
i remember being thrilled to make $7/hour!
Dec 12, '06Occupation: LPN Specialty: A myriad of specialties ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 1,052; Likes: 665Quote from busynursenancyInteresting! We used Milk of Magnesia and a heat lamp---and it WORKED!!!!treatment for bedsores consisted using a heat lamp, and betadine ointment.
Pay was $7/hr as a graduate PN in LTC; when I got my license, it increased to $7.25/hr---pretty decent money 21 years ago and I was pleased to get it!; I make about 3x that now.
Bythe way, I really LIKED wearing the nurse's cap back then!
Dec 12, '06Occupation: Re-retired Specialty: 42 year(s) of experience in NICU, Infection Control ; From: CA, US ; Joined: Dec '00; Posts: 12,426; Likes: 3,783I think I started @ $5 something/hr.
And I LOVED wearing my cap. I don't miss knocking it askew w/bed curtains, IV tubing, etc., or roasting it under an open warmer, but I really liked it. Oh, well, time marches on.... I had a cape, too. Navy w/gray lining. Very warm.
Dec 12, '06Occupation: "Exploring my options" ;) Specialty: 30 year(s) of experience in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep. ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 11,245; Likes: 8,515Quote from Barb101Tell me it's not what I think!! :smilecoffeeIlovecofYou know you are old when you can remember the taste test for diabetes
Dec 12, '06Occupation: "Exploring my options" ;) Specialty: 30 year(s) of experience in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep. ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 11,245; Likes: 8,515Quote from nurseKim28590$7.49 I think mine was ... YES a HUGE raise from CNA pay, I forget what that was then...you were thrilled to make $8 per hour!
Dec 12, '06Occupation: cardiology R.N. Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience in cardiac med-surg ; From: CA ; Joined: May '03; Posts: 8,489; Likes: 147starting rn in ontario in 1987 was 15.54/hr
i was spending millions in my head !!!!!!
Dec 12, '06Occupation: Medical Imaging RN~Special Procedures CT Specialty: 33 year(s) of experience in OB, M/S, HH, Medical Imaging RN ; Joined: Aug '04; Posts: 6,708; Likes: 1,449Quote from nurseKim28590you were thrilled to make $8 per hour!
LOL! My starting pay was $3.25/hr. I felt as though I could afford anything. That was 1975. I was an LPN then. Don't know what RN's made?Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Dec 12, '06
Dec 12, '06Occupation: "Exploring my options" ;) Specialty: 30 year(s) of experience in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep. ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 11,245; Likes: 8,515Quote from DutchgirlRNI started as an RN in 81 so I don't know.LOL! My starting pay was $3.25/hr. I felt as though I could afford anything. That was 1975. I was an LPN then. Don't know what RN's made?
Dec 12, '06Occupation: orthopaedic nurse Specialty: 1 year(s) of experience in disability ; Joined: Jul '06; Posts: 90; Likes: 3Hi zoeboboey yes it is what you think & thankfully I didnt have to do it. After the taste test it was small tablets a dramatic improvement, this info I recieved from my lecturer. Sometimes I do feel 87 years old tho lol ouch
Quote from Barb101Speaking of lecturers - We had an A + P instructor who was telling us about GI bleeds one day. We had two or three guys in that class and she was talking about the odor of old blood - she says, "Well, you GIRLS know what old blood smells like!" I just about DIED!Hi zoeboboey yes it is what you think & thankfully I didnt have to do it. After the taste test it was small tablets a dramatic improvement, this info I recieved from my lecturer. Sometimes I do feel 87 years old tho lol ouch
Not that that has anything to do with anything but ... I was so young and naive... Those days were kinda fun. I went to a Catholic nursing school and was one of the fortunate ones who didn't live in the "dorm" (dorm mothers and all...). I say fortunate because I had a lot more leeway. But at the same time, the "girls" had such a camaraderie that those of us who lived off-campus would never have ... I envied them some.
Sooo, let's hear some reminiscing about DORM LIVING! All the secrets I never knew LOL