5 Reasons I’m Thankful to be a 21st Century Nurse

You might feel thankful to be a nurse in the 21st century. Mainly because you know medical technology has expanded. It continues to excel month by month. Pretty soon, everyone will survive on technology in the medical industry. If you look back 15 years ago, you know much everything has changed. For example, nursing uniforms were long and felt heavy. This prevented nurses from being able to move freely. This is important in the nursing industry. Also, in January
2004, there was a law passed which required that all hospital rely on Electronic Health Records or EHR. This minimized losing a patient’s information and also saved on the cost of storing paper charts. Another example of surprising technical advances included needle-free injections. In 1940, the very first needle-free injection system was introduced.

Reasons You Should Be Thankful that you’re a 21st Century Nurse

Clogs Scrubs and Sneakers. Wow!

Do you recall the V-J Day celebration dating back to 1940? It was the photo of the nurse who was kissed by a Navy soldier. She had on heels with white stockings. Imagine how incredibly uncomfortable that is. To top it off, she was required to wear a skirt uniform with a cap. A girdle was also worn which also made it impossible to focus on her job. There is quite a difference now compared with the 1940’s in terms of the uniform.

Be Thank ful for a Plastic IV Bag

Trying to hang a glass IV bottle isn’t very much fun. Actually, it almost makes it impossible to flip open without the machine alarming constantly. During the Second World War, things were a lot worse. Whenever a bomb would drop and shake an intensive care unit, the glass IV bottle would fall. This resulted in glass everywhere, and you were the one to clean up the mess. These days, there are plastic IV tubes instead of glass. You also don’t have to calculate the rate of drips by standing around and counting. You will feel extremely lucky now that you can use a plastic IV bag.

The Big Difference with Plastic IV Cannulas

During the 1930’s, colleges would provide books to nurses and doctors on treatment of syphilis. There were also parts in the book that explained how to take care of a medical emergency when the infusion needle you had used accidently broke, becoming lodged in a patient’s body. All of the needles back then were made from metal. Now there are flexible cannulas, which make it impossible for needles to break within the body. You should really be thankful that you are a 21st century nurse because this was such a hassle in the 1930´s.

Nurses and Doctors Thank Antibiotics

Now that there are antibiotics available, doctors can prescribe them these with instructions and send them off on their merry way. Antibiotics are great for the flu, scabies, athlete’s foot, strep throat and more. This allows less time for a patient to be in the hospital and also lowers costs.

Soap, Water and Razors – What a Difference!

Before the 1840’s, nurses and doctors didn’t wash their hands. Because of this, bacteria, viruses and other germs were easily around passed in the hospitals. One guy named IgnazSemmelwe is finally stepped up and explained the dangers of not washing your hands.


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