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Nurse looks back at 50 years in the profession


the above comment made me chuckle, I remember as a pupil getting a telling telling off for referring to a staff nurse (friend) by her first name on the ward. Nowadays many of the students call me 'darling' or similar. I often have to perch on the desk during handover when all the chairs are used, or stand - not really what I want after a 12 hour shift but hey ho. i don't remember the fizzy urine test but do remember the specific gravity test. i do remember the brompton cocktail, I don't recall any issues in the media about it then or the fact that people died of pneumonia which was referred to as the 'old mans friend'. anyone over the age of 65 was a 'geriatric patient'. pressure sores were treated with bleach 'eusol' which you packed into the cavity and fizzed up. some things were better then, some not. I loved my nurse training, did pupil then left and re-trained RGN years later. I earned a pittance, paid council tax, worked horrendous shift patterns, was the 2nd person on nights most of the time and was usually completely ignored by most people. One thing I do think they should re-introduce is the competency books we had to complete.

Posted date

12 January, 2013

Posted time

10:05 am