I’m not here to stereotype or anything (and this list is made with love and respect), but I’ve gotta tell you, I’ve found certain things to be true about nurses who’ve been in the profession for, well, a while.
Here are a few observations that may help define the old school nurse! Is this you?
The Old School Nurse:
Still wears her hair ABOVE the collar at work.
Knows how to use a bath blanket and still prefers soap and water to body cleanser wipes.
Owns a case of white leather shoe polish for a VERY distinctive pair of lace-up nursing shoes.
Keeps a pack of mints in her pocket for post-op patients who have sore throats from the intubation.
Wears ONLY two pieces of jewelry to work–a wristwatch and (if married) a plain wedding band.
Keeps her school cap in a clear plastic tote on the shelf of her closet and her Nightingale Lamp in a glass display case.
Makes hospital corners on her home bed sheets.
Always carries an extra pen–with BLUE ink to distinguish an original form from a copy–just in case the doctor “forgets” to return the one he or she borrowed.
Looks the other way if something which breaks the rules is in the best interest of the patient.
Believes that nursing is a calling.
To all of the old school nurses who are still out there: Thank you and wear the cap proudly! What would you add to this list?