|Hmm...It's easier for a camel to pass through|
the eye of a needle than avoid Miss Bruiser's
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Dr. Scott Mastores is a graduate of Chicago Medical School which was constructed on the Downey VA Hospital grounds shortly after I quit working there. Thankfully, he rescued this sign from the trash and was kind enough to Email it to me to share with all those interested in Downey VA hospital.
There were lots of interesting signs at Downey and this one was on prominent display in the lobby of most of the buildings. I don't think many of the patients bothered to read them and enforcement was lax. Most of the nurses at Downey would much rather have patients lying on the floor than fighting on the wards.
Just about every ward had a pool table and a sign that stated throwing pool balls was prohibited. I broke up an unusually nasty altercation where two patients were bayonetting each other with pool cues and was promptly advised there was no signage prohibiting this activity. "If we can't throw poll balls at one another, what are we supposed to do?" was their response.
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Monday, May 10, 2021
|"All right it's time to break up into groups of two. The smokers will demonstrate|
to the non-smokers how to light up and inhale a cigarette. Return demonstration
is required and I don't want to hear any of that gagging or coughing!"
Every hospital based nursing school had a class motto. In my school where Miss Bruiser, my favorite instructor presided, the old adage was; A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Initially, we thought this slogan referred to breaking down an arduous accomplishment into simple steps to achieve our final goal of receiving that coveted pin, but after nearly three brow beating years and constant harassment our assessment shifted. A thousand miles was along way from home and diploma nursing education transported us to a bizarre new world with strange new rules and customs. Professional adjustments was our very last class and we were going to learn how to conduct ourselves as nurses in this strange new land.
Sunday, May 2, 2021
Yep! Old school nurses were window cleaning experts and I'll let you in on a secret method to make those panes glimmer brighter than a new graduate's nursing pin. Impress your grumpy old instructor and win brownie points galore. So much more fun than dealing with that balky hopper in the dirty utility room, smells a heck of a lot better too!
Step 1: Sprinkle a dash of baking soda on a gently used and lightly moistened ABD sponge. Rub the baking soda on the window and don't be afraid to add some gusto (just like the nurse in the illustration.)
Step 2: Go over the entire window with a plain, wet ABD. Central supply is usually more than happy to provide ABDs that have reached the end of their service life. One thing that does not work well for window cleaning is old, worn out student nurse aprons. I think it has something to do with all that imbedded Argo starch impeding absorbency.
Step 3: Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and mist the window.
Step 4: Buff aggressively with a dry ABD and stand back to admire your work. Just think what a wonderful world it would be if all things in nursing could be as fulfilling as window cleaning. Instant gratification at it's very finest. Cleaning windows sure beats scrubbing emesis crusted beds.