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Nurse looks back at 50 years in the profession


I trained in 1983,and remember a lot of the above, including the clinitest tablets that fizzed as you checked the patients urine for sugar. I also remember the weekend work books, and having to make sure that the metal bed pans had cooled off after coming out of the washer if there was a queue for them, so that they didn't burn the patients bottom! There was a lot of respect for the ward sisters, and no first name terms between trained staff and students unless you were one to one with them, and only then if they suggested it. Happy days though, but I agree that you have to look forward and make things as good as you can given the increased demand for services, and not enough staff to meet those demands. There wasn't so much paperwork then either; now we are drowning in it. Rarely were patients or their relatives rude to you, but now it is commonplace, mainly due to the high expectations set by government. Still, I'm glad to be a nurse,and wouldn't have changed it.

Posted date

12 January, 2013

Posted time

8:29 pm