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1930's Nursing style...


Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 43 years experience.

Thanks for posting this, it was realy interesting.It amazes me that there were ANY nurses at all given all they had to do back then. Although, I think they had a LOT less CYA legal BS charting to take em away from patient care. Wow.

nurseygrrl, LPN

Specializes in HIV/AIDS, Dementia, Psych. Has 12 years experience.

I enjoyed reading that very much. Times have sure changed! I work in a county facility and our building is 8 years old. A lot of employees talk about 'the old building' which was the home of our facility before the new one was built. It sounds like it was a lot of fun to work there. A lot less stress and concern about being sued. They had Christmas parties on the premises that the patients would even join. The employees and residents were also allowed to smoke anywhere they wanted to. One girl told me, 'I remember doing patient care with a cigarette in my mouth and one in theirs'...hehehe. Boy, what a difference!


Specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89. Has 30 years experience.

We were still using tablets of demerol and morphine when I started nursing in 1962. I dont think we used a heat source though, I do remember we used plastic syringes to draw the solution up.....go figure.

When I returned to college in 1973 I remember telling my instructor there was no demerol in the narcotic drawer. Much to my chagrin they had TUBEXes of Meperidine and Morphine already mixed......boy was my face red.

WOW! Training for three months to make beds, learn how to give bed baths and take VS.

I tell you I went to LPN school in 1966, 28 years after that nurse went to school. A lot of that stuff was still around then. A lot of those nurses were still around then. Since I was so young I used to hang out with the RN students who lived in a dorm attached to the hospital. Guess what, I work with two of them still today. I remember when someone had to explain what an ADN was to me because I thought all the nurses in the world were Diploma grads.


Specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds. Has 16 years experience.

Wow! This is great snapshot of nursing history! Thanks so much for sharing. :)


Specializes in LTC, ER, ICU,. Has 19 years experience.

thanks; i enjoyed reading.

jnette, ASN, EMT-I

Specializes in Hemodialysis, Home Health. Has 10 years experience.

Neat... thanx ! :)


Specializes in Critical Care.

I love reading about the good ole days but I'm glad I don't live in the good ole days:D


Great Story!

I enjoyed this look back into the past.


Specializes in ER, PACU.

When I worked at the nursing home, my former supervisor (recently retired), she graduated nursing school in the 1940's and used to tell me the stories. There are a ton of them, but she told me how the state boards used to be half practical and she had to demonstrate how to deliver a baby in breech position!!

I seriously would have had an MI if I had to demonstrate ANYTHING in front of board members, even if it was just handwashing!! :eek:

sbic56, BSN, RN

Specializes in Obstetrics, M/S, Psych. Has 24 years experience.

Neat to see how we have evolved. Some great, some not so great. All in all, I think nurses had less headaches and probably enjoyed their jobs more "back in the day." Must be something to that thought with the nursing "shortage" that has taken hold. For myself, I am not sure if I enjoy nursing less than I did because I have been in it for so long or because it has truly gotten worse. Most probably both reasons apply.

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