I graduated Assoc program in 1974 , BSN couple years later. Retired 2010. Health issues combined with just being tired of it all did it for me.
Sometimes I think I miss working just an itty bitty bit. Particularly when I learn something really new & interesting to me. I learn things from AN (recently was some cardiology stuff).
I missed wearing my whites and a cap. You notice I said "A cap" - was not my school cap. My school cap was OK ;I guess if I was working out-of-town, it would have been unique for the area. And I had had a confrontation with a nsg supervisor way early in my career. My school cap fell off during a code and I just threw it aside out of the way. Well, nsg supervisor confronts me, "Ms amo, you're not wearing your cap. Didn't you sign the green dress code page in the employee handbook? You're out of uniform ......." TRUE STORY!
Well, it wasn't that I didn't like caps/hats. I loved them. It was just that my school cap was kind of flippy, soft crowned and hard to secure. So I went out and bought the biggest, widest winged Flying Nun cap I could buy. And I would spread out the wings to make it so wide it would have to squeeze into the clear vinyl cap case (remember them?).
Also I would KY the stripes which I varied every week or so. A single wide black stripe, then 2 slender dark green stripes, then one slender blue stripe up and down the sides, two red stripes diagonal on one wing, etc. The employee handbook only said "must wear a cap" and school pin.. It didn't say it had to be my SCHOOL cap. So I got 'em on a technicality!!! Had no problem with my school pin. Just the cap. And one of the other nurses laughingly told me that my cap had been a conversation among the nsg higher-uppers. Oh, I could be a real pisser!
Just a thought to bring up. Remember when we could buy "Kay's Caps" and "Reeves" metallic name bars/badges from the catalog advertisements that were in AJN? And every other page or so had big hiring advertisements.
Ahhhh! Smoking used to be allowed anywhere in the hospital. Then they restricted us to the floor's lounge area and nsg conference room; then just the nsg conf room. Oh, how the smoke just smoke-stormed out of there! Kind of reminds me of those outdoor designated smoking areas where folk would be huddled under the patio roof. Hated to have to run thru the gauntlet of smoke! "
"The only constant is change".