|Linda Turner Proctor:
Worked In: Rehab-32 years
IODE Memorial / Windsor Western
I remember the great lengths that we all went to to celebrate the Christmas holiday season. A 4 bed ward room would be cleared out on every unit & the party would begin, from about the 22nd of December to Jan 1st. The food and " refreshments " were aplenty. Who needed a liquor license ??? Everyone would be found going up & down the back stairwell,at all hours of the day or night, going from one unit to another to see which unit had the best food & drink. Julie, and Jimmy would make sure the cafeteria fare was the real thing. The real turkeys & real roast of beef & the best desserts that ever graced the kitchen....and free on Christmas & New Years day. The 70's was a great time to be at Western....always.....but especially at Christmas.
Janet Cuthbert (Thornton)
Worked In: Surgical Floor, Medical Floor, Psyc. Main, Psyc, West, Emergency (when called because of short staffing) Telemetry (called when short staffed) , Rehab, (called when short staffed) Hospital/Campus Worked At: Western and Malden Park
Things change in the 14 years that you do not work in the health field. I recall looking for the tin can and bar of soap to give an enema, not being able to find it in the dirty utility room I went to the head nurse and asked where it was kept. She took me into the CLEAN utility room, and at that instant I was mortified to think such an apparatus would be kept in the CLEAN utility room. She then reached up and handed me a fleet. The look on my face was something to behold as she then proceeded to ask me what the matter was. I explained to her and we both had a good laugh.
Worked In: Old 5N & Retired from 7 surgery2
Hospital/Campus Worked At: Met Campus
I remember when the OR was on 4main and the recovery room was an oversized ward. I remember when the nursing supervisors would get our blood and drugs and relieve us for breaks on the afternoon and night shift. I also remember when the supervisors called in staff(so nice) and we had a REAL pool of float staff that went anywhere and everywhere..