This year we would like to recognize one of the many, many extraordinary nurses during Nurses Week 2017 with our second annual Spirit of Caring recognition.During the past few weeks we have received hundreds of nominations from around the country! Five finalists have been chosen and their stories are posted on nursesweekspirit.com. Please take a few minutes to read each nominee’s story and then vote between May 5 and May 16. Results will be tallied and the winner will be announced on May 18. Vote TODAY and don’t forget to forward this newsletter to your colleagues so they can vote as well!
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Fast facts about what we used to do…
You’re dating yourself if you remember…
• Suture in a glass vials instead of packages
• Wearing caps to work
• Routinely inserting saline before suctioning a patient
• The days before DRGs (Diagnostic Related Groups)
• Team nursing as the standard of care
• Having to wear white uniforms and white “nursing” shoes
• Patients not taking formal satisfaction surveys
• Flipping through reams of paper to find the latest lab result
• Processing outpatients in the main OR instead of a pre-op area or an ambulatory surgery center
• Not wearing gloves to start an I.V.
• Nurse practitioners not working in acute care
• Routine flash sterilization in the operating room
• “Simulation” consisted of a Mrs. Chase manikin
• Patients on ventilators in the ICU stayed in bed
• Automatically putting patients with severe hypotension in Trendelenburg position
• Highly restrictive visiting hours
What do you remember? Tell us here