Thursday, September 29, 2011

Old Time Nurse


Good Thursday Morning to you all. Nursing Week continues with this picture of a nurse from 1900. I find it interesting how nursing uniforms have changed over the years. I can remember in elementary school that school had a nurse, and she wore white dress, white stockings, white nursing shoes, and then the old style nurses cap. The nurses office smelled of some sort of strong disinfectant. I hated that smell and still can not get the smell out of my head. I associate that smell with being sick.

I beg you all to not bring up that other topic today. Henceforth it shall be referred to as the "Topic Which Shall Not Be Mentioned".

11 comments:

  1. And yet you bring up the "Topic that shall not be mentioned".

    I agree with Lady Anne, With every one wearing "scrubs", you don't know if you are talking to a doctor, a nurse, or some whom came in to clean the bathroom.
    About the only way you could maybe tell if it was a medical person was if they had a stethoscope around their neck.
    I miss the days when you could tell the difference by what they wore.

    A flat turkey, huh. Must have been a little over cooked.
    I do a fair amount of cooking around my house.

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  2. Who ever would have thought that Texas would be hoping for hurricane to hit it. But it looks like Ophelia might cause some rain if it finally comes far enough Northwesterly

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  3. My daughter-in-law is an RN & my grand daughter is going to school to be a nurse. I like the scrubs better than the starched stiff uniform. Much more comfortable to work in.
    As a teen I wanted to become a nurse. I could stand the blood and guts but not the puke and the other, so I became a homemaker and mother. I do know how to make dressing from scratch (including the cornbread),however, I do not do turkeys, I let my son-in-law do that.

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  4. Elsie - I felt the same way about nursing when I was younger. I didn't follow that path, but found when I became a mother I found I was still dealing with blood and guts and puke and the other!

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  5. I wonder when they no longer required Nurses to wear the hat. My sister is a Nurse, graduated mid 80's. For her graduation picture she had to wear the white dress and hat because of tradition. That's the first time and last time she wore that outfit. The scrubs probably make sense because they are throw-aways. Not to get gross but I suppose if you are in the medical profession you come in contact with bodily fluids etc, much easier to throw away scrubs rather than try to wash a white nurses uniform. I have to say though, I like being able to tell the players by the uniform. You never know who you are talking to in a hospital. Reminds me of that 3 Stoogies episode when the Stoogies were pretending to be Doctors, Paging "Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine." Ya never know if your getting a real Doctor or if it's Moe.

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  6. @ Mary, I had no problem cleaning up after "MY" babies. Altho, When they got older, they had better get to the bathroom to puke or else they would have to clean it up themselves. I would have to throw-up first before I could clean it up.

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  7. Maybe you know, but nurses caps showed which school they graduated from. An interesting fact I learned when I worked at a school which taught practical nursing. I don't think they do that any more.

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  8. As a teenager, I thought I wanted to be a nurse. I spent a summer volunteering in a hospital emergency room. One day, when I was watching something very minor, a boy getting a needle put in a wound to numb the area, everything went dark, and first thing I knew I was myself lying on one of the beds. I had fainted! Everyone joked about it for the rest of the summer, and I realized the nursing profession was not for me!

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  9. Well,I graduated in 1989, and wore the hat while in school, but they were being phased out and I never wore it after graduating. They were uncomfortable and got caught in the curtains all the time. Scrubs are wonderful but I think the profession has lost some respect because of the relaxed dress code. Unfortunately now, you can't tell an RN from anyone else, and RNs are getting blamed for bad behaviours from ancillary staff. We have swung too far toward casual and I think we need to tighten up dress codes somewhat. And yes, the caps told not only which school you were from, but your designation as well, in Canada a black stripe meant RN, a green was an LPN, no stripe was a student.

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  10. In Texas it is the law that if you are an RN and working in patient care you must wear a name tag that states "RN".

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  11. I love Mean Old Man's comments. He really slings some zingers that get us all talking. As my mom says, "I'm old and I can say anything I want!".

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