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  1. carolslee1949

    Quite a few years ago, nurse friend got on an elevator and the man, obviously a physician, said to her, “Haven’t you ever heard of ‘doctors before nurses'”? She responded with, “Haven’t you ever heard of ‘ladies before gentlemen'”?

  2. Nocturnal8

    If you were sitting and charting it was expected for you to give the Dr your chair

  3. Judy Sexton

    I started nursing in 1967 you did stand up for the doctor, you walked behind him and carried the charts for rounds.Youwore a completly white uniform with whitJe hoes and shoes.You wore your school pin and hat.Hardly anything was disposible and you had to sterilelize equipmet and mix tube feedings in the diet kitchen.Just a little about the good ole days/

  4. bmck97004

    The illustration of the nurse standing when a Dr. walks in (which is what I was taught to do…) has a major error – we would have NEVER been allowed to have our hair that long, hanging down across our collar!

  5. Grammy

    Also in the 1970’s you had metal bedpans to empty,and take into a small room to dump and sterilize and take back to the patient.

  6. Franny G

    I have been in Nursing since 1959 and have a number of stories to share. Let’s start here: Who remembers the use of Wangasteen suction?
    Who carried hemostats and bandage scissors?
    Who still uses these instruments?
    How many remember Zolights?
    Who remembers using a Pneumatic Tube System?
    What was the temperature supposed to be for a Sitz bath?
    Who wore an apron as part of their student uniform?
    How ere Patients with MI’s treated then?
    What color tennis shoes did nurses use in those days?

    • Lois Albrecht-Anderson

      No tennis shoes worn back then–only white nurses shoes–preferably clinic brand
      I rememember much of what you posted–even though I was not a nurse till 1970.
      PS I do carry bandage scissors and hemostat even though I now do home health.

  7. granannie

    IN 1972, WHEN I WAS IN NURSING SCHOOL IN NEW YORK CITY,NY, THE DOCTORS WOULD SIT IN THE NURSES STATION AND WRITE THEIR ORDERS AND UPDATES ON THE PTS. CHARTS EVERY MORNING, CHARTS WERE HELD IN HEAVEY METAL HOLDERS AT THAT TIME. I WAS A STUDENT AND WATCHED EVERYTHING AND EVERYBODY VERY CAREFULLY. ONE OF THE SURGEONS WHEN HE FINISHED WITH THE CHARTS HE THREW THEM ACROSS THE ROOM, NURSES WERE DUCKING THEM ONE BY ONE. ONE CHART HIT ONE OF THE NURSES, HE NEVER EVEN LOOKED AROUND. ALL OF A SUDDEN THECHART THAT HIT HER WENT FLYING BACK ACROSS THE ROOM HITTING THE SURGEON IN THE HEAD, WE WERE ALL SHOCKED. SHE SAID ‘TIT FOR TAT, YOU SON OF A BITCH!’ THE DIRECTORS OF NURSING, MEDICINE, SURGERY, HEAD OF THE HOSPITAL WERE IN MEETINGS ALL DAY. REPS FROM THE MAYORS OFFICE, POLICE COMMISIONERS OFFICE, MORE COPS THAN IEVER SAW WHEEN THERE WAS NO PARADE, LAWYERS, ETC., ETC., ETC. SHORT FINISH IS, NOTHING HAPPENED TO THE NURSE, THE SUREON WAS PUT ON A FORCED LEAVE OF ABSENCE AND THE NURSES STAYED IN THE NURSES STATION AFTER THAT. DRS. WOULD STAND AROUND THE STATION DOING THEIR UPDATES AND NOTES, AND LEAVING THEM IN A NEAT PILE IN THE NURSES STATION. SEEMS THE NURSES FATHER, AND HUSBAND WERE BIGWIGS, IN GOVT. AND LAW. I ASKED WHERE THE NURSE CAME FROM. I WAS TOLD SHE WAS FROM NEW YORK, BUT SHE WENT TO COLUMBIAN PRES. NURSING SCHOOL, AND THE NURSES FROM THERE DIDN’T TAKE ANY SH*T FROM ANYONE. I HAVE BEEN AROUND NURSES FROM THERE OVER THE YEARS, I ALWAYS FOUND THEM TO BE EXCELLENT NURSES, BUT UNFRIENDLY AS ALL HELL.

    • Frittzie

      I would sooooo have paid to see this incident. !!!!! And when the Doc returned from his enforced leave of absence—–PRICELESS

  8. perrywinkle

    Hair had to be above the collar, fingernails at the level of the finger with only clear polish if any. With almost nothing disposable glass syringes were washed and sterilized, needles resharpened, rectal tubes boiled and reused, (and how they stunk if they boiled dry!)as well as rubber catheters. Gloves? Never unless you were in surgery-and they were also reused. Full bedpans were discretely taken down the hall to the bedpan hopper.