You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 7

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

  1. by   cookie102
    this is the best thread ever!!!! thanks i needed it after today's work day---but made me realize i really am old!!! that's OK
    again thanks to everyone
  2. by   P_RN
    Are they still that blue plastic? I've brought a million home and had to round them up when I left the job.

    Duoderm/ what's the ostomy thingy...stomahesive... folded in a cup shape and put on heels to keep them from breaking down. [/]

    Inflatable thingys to put on blood bags to make it go in rapidly.Way before pumps.

    Blood warmer that was a 5 foot length of coiled tubing you put in a wash basin full of hot water for cold-agglutinin blood.

    Rubber sheets, draw sheets (sewn that way).

    The first computer system that had 6 keys across the keyboard top like where the function keys are now. [LAB] [DIETARY] [SUPPLY] [PHYSICAL THERAPY] [MISC] whoa that was *HI TECH*

    Using KY to stick your black ribbon to your cap.

    Team leader pushing her med cart, MAR, ashtray smoldering ciggy, little box of alcohol swabs that also had extra dalmane, darvocet-n valium in it. They were NOT controlled substances back in the day.
  3. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from fetch33
  4. by   Barbara63
    Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I remember the no ICU and you did rotating tourniquets on the floor. As a student the arrest cart was a glass case on the wall holding a knife blade and handle to open the chest with. In NICU the isolette that functioned like an iron lung (can't remember the name for it), and you weaned the babies by how they sats. And sad to say but I do remember sharpening the needles. You kept them in a little metal container in the medicine room and used forcepts to get them out of the container.
  5. by   BoomerRN
    Except for a few of the items, I remember all of the above mentioned. I worked at only one hospital in the 70's that required you to wear a cap. I hated wearing mine. While performing cpr on a pt one evening, it fell right on his face. I threw it into the corner and kept going with the cpr. At a small hospital I worked at in the 70's nurses did everything. Set up traction, started and maintained IV's, respiratory therapy, ultrasound treatments, to name a few. This is where I obtained most of my nursing skills. Guess I am getting old.
  6. by   GYPSY1349 i old!!!
  7. by   not now
    Quote from TreeSawRN
    You used metal foot cradles to prevent foot drop (do they still use those?)
    My LTC facility still uses them frequently, our DON and assessment nurse have been around a loooong time (I've only been an LVN for a year and a half).

    The assessment nurse showed me how to make a leg band to hold a foley catheter in place and they taught me how to do a HHH enema when a fleets won't work and the resident hasn't gone for six days...
  8. by   edna317
    Sharpening needles on a whet stone, testing for smoothness with a cotton ball, squirting acetone through them to "clean" them, packaging them in cotton, tape, and resterilizing.
    Washing gloves, blowing them up, putting the blown up glove under water to check for leaks, drying, powdering, placing them in cloth and tape and resterilizing them.
    Matching plungers and syringes by printed-on numbers, wrapping in cloth and resterilizing them.
    Scultetous binders. wrapped from down to up for abdominal incisions, wrapped from high to low for fresh post partum.
    Shaves and 3H enemas for women in labor.
    V-pads, hand made and sterilized.
    Atropine tablets, dissolved, then injected IM.
    BIRD machines.
    Minidrippers for cardiovascular meds. No pumps.
    White nylon hose with seams.
    Capes to go with the starched caps.
    Only our last names on our name tags.
    No men in our student nurse classes.
    String of cups.
    clinitest and acetest tablets.
    Vital sign information given to the patients only by the doctors.
    Medication information given to the patients only by the doctors.
    Sugar in bedsores, covered by dressing in the hopes that the bacteria would like the sugar better than the patient's tissues.
    8 hour shifts....that became 16+ hours when your replacement did not show up.
    50+hemostats on incisions--no cautery.
    Newspaper over rubber sheets for incontinent patients.
    post op ether beds.
    Follow the bouncing ball oscilloscope one lead ekg monitor.
    Oxygenation of ventilator patients determined by hourly urine output--no pulse oximeters.
    Pans of iced water to keep the Cardiac Output monitor injectate cold.
    Refrigerated LR for gastric irrigation.
    alcohol baths for hypothermia.
    Bent glass straws, wooden wheelchairs, porcelain urinals and bedpans.
    Valium was not a lock up drug.
    There was no acetominophen.
    This is fun. I may remember some more.
    Call bells were really BELLS. You had to figure out which room it came from.
  9. by   okienurse68
    When you took pts to the OR on a surgical lift not a gurney.
  10. by   holtgirl
    ohhhhhhhh those memories... i read all the replies and the old times flew right back in. The glass IV bottles, metal bedpans, medicine cards, turp drips, reautoclaving doctors gowns, making our own sterile vaseline gauze, mercury themometers, Pitocin buccals, (they are little pills that go in the mouth at the gum line) to induce labor. We were so busy back then but those days WERE THE BEST. I don't know how we did it. holtgirl
  11. by   Lacie
    Quote from fetch33
    Checking urine specific gravity at the bedside by putting a drop of urine on a little hand-held device.

    How about putting the urine into a glass cylinder, then putting in a little glass bobber thingy and giving it a spin- it settled in the urine and you read the line. Hygrometer??
    Lordy, forgot that one. Never used it but in nursing school. Wow We are getting old LMAO!!
  12. by   bmh-lpn
    1. Dorms, Patients shared a room with 6-12 other patients. And if able to get out of the bed on their own the Patient made their own beds! (Yes, I know it was at the Military hospital.

    2.New Hypertensive Patients spent 3-7 days in the hospital to get them on the right RX and Dose. Same with Diabetics.

    3. You stayed in the hospital a week after a vaginal delivery and 2 weeks after a c-section.
  13. by   sunnyjohn
    What did they use for IV tubing before plastics?

    I love these stories.