You Know You're an Old(er) Nurse If . . . - page 8

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   P_RN
    Not only glass straws but glass in and out catheters!

    Betadine ungt. and sugar (Sugardine) in a jar to put in open wounds. The sugar was hypertonic and would "break up the bacteria"

    Foil packages of pig placenta to put on burns. Yeeech I hated that stuff.

    Dressing trays with metal cannister of ether to remove adhesive residue. I went into the supply room once where a tray had overturned and passed out cold right in the doorway. A visitor caught me and said
    "what should I do with this nurse?"

    Wearing OR scrubs in the newborn nursery but having to wear our starched white cap to show there were nurses in there.

    When I was born way back in the last century my Aunt had my cousin in July.....She stayed in the hospital til her sister had my next cousin mid- August, and SHE stayed in the hospital til my Mama had ME at the end of August. And that was not unusual
  2. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Quote from Retired R.N.
    I remember the time when nursing care plans were summarized on the Kardex. Treatments were given as scheduled, medications were passed on time, diets were delivered from the kitchen as ordered. Head nurses and their assistants coped with physicians' rounds and gave medicines. Staff nurses did patient care, and nurses' aides refilled water pitchers and emptied trash cans. The work got done, the nurses and aides all got time for meals and breaks, and nobody ever had to spend any time writing out a NANDA-approved nursing diagnosis.

    Wish we could all experience that.
  3. by   qaqueen
    Quote from TreeSawRN

    You wanted to be like Dixie McCall RN

    Cherry Ames, Student Nurse was your inspiration for becoming a nurse
  4. by   pbjb
    You were taught under no circumstances do you put a diaper on a patient; it takes away their dignity.
  5. by   trailblazer59
    you remember placing dirty mercury thermometers in a small alcohol boat to soak

    you remember scouting around for the list of things some "busy resident or doctor" needs in a hurry

    you remember to wear your fingernails short and only apply clear nail polish, white shoes and oh----no long ear rings, only small gold or pearl studs

    you remember glass urinals and those heavy metal bedpans

    pricking your finger when inserting those needle driven IV med boluses in a patient's heplock:angryfire
  6. by   luv l&d
    Oh,my, paraldehyde!! use to give it in emena form for DT's. The first one I gave, I was an aide at my sm regional hospital at home (between my 1st and 2nd yr of nursing school) and no one told me about the" Special" non-plastic enema kits for these tx. Needless to say the first enema I mixed, did not make it to the room. What a mess and the Smell!!! Never made that mistake again.
  7. by   RunningWithScissors
    Unit kitchens for making iced tea, coffee, custard and what was that other stuff.......Junket.

    Dumb waiter that brought trays, supplies etc to the nurses station.

    Oh my! MUST, very "tired"!!!
  8. by   RunningWithScissors
    Pans of iced water to keep the Cardiac Output monitor injectate cold.
    Do you remember having to place JUST THE RIGHT amount of water on the transducer of the swan/art line to get the waveform to appear?
  9. by   tinesia
  10. by   P_RN
    Quote from RunningWithScissors
    Oh my! MUST, very "tired"!!!

    Hey now, you're only a few behind me I see. Tee Hee
  11. by   P_RN
    Oil of wintergreen glass bottle you wadded a 4x4 and stuffed it in the open mouth of the bottle. Kind of an improvised Air-wick to defeat foul odors. I can't stand even wintergreen life savers now.
  12. by   DutchgirlRN
    Giving a Harris Flush!
  13. by   adrienurse
    Hey maybe I've just been working in caveman facilities, but I remember some of these things!