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Old 02-29-2012, 11:13 AM
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Nurses used to follow doctors down the hall with the patients’ charts and an ashtray. Doctors smoked and we cleaned up after them and caught their ashes when necessary.

We wore all white, slip, dress, support hose, shoes (that we had to polish daily) and of course the cap.

We learned to give back rubs and it was believed they were very important and therapeutic. We had to offer every patient a back rub at bedtime. I would pray they'd say "no" and often they did.

The IV fluids were in glass bottles. we mixed our own piggybacks (also in glass bottles or 50 or 100cc, usually potassium or a simple antibiotic. I worked 11-7 and we had a minimum of 16 patients each.

We were taught in nursing school not to use gloves because it would make the patient think that we thought they were dirty. So, we did not wear gloves and were praised for not wearing them.

We had a pay phone on a cart that we would roll from room to room when someone wanted to use the phone. Hardly anyone wanted to make calls.

Family members did not call to check on family members. They only came at designated visiting hours, which were very limited, and they never complained about anything, just thankful for everything you did.

If you had a baby, the baby was swaddled in a receiving blanket and it was pinned on the side. The mothers were not allowed to unwrap the baby until they went home, which was 3 to 9 days depending on the type of delivery. I caught many a new mom trying to peek at the babies toes LOL and didn't say a thing. We fed them with large glass bottles.

There was no such thing as an accucheck for diabetics. We had to rely on "clinitest". We put a couple of drops of the patients urine in a test tube, added a clinitest tablet and waited 60 seconds. The urine would turn yellow, orange, and different shades of green. We would compare the color to the color on the chart on the wall and give insulin according to what color the urine was.



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Old 02-29-2012, 05:21 PM
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Thanks for the walk down memory lane
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:31 PM
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Can you believe we actually did those things and that was modern medicine then. What will new nurses have to talk about in 35-40 years? What will they find out in the future that they don't know how they did their job without what they will have? LOL
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OMG! I had forgotten all about those phones and the Clinitest........damn I'm old, lol!
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