New nurses may not be privy to some of the … er … linguistic nuances in healthcare lingo. This is a list of nurse colloquialisms you may come across as you get your sea legs in the real world of nursing.
Noun. A patient who comes back again and again and again.
Noun. A bowel movement, often loose that doesn’t land in the toilet, bedpan or commode.
Noun. A nurse who also happens to be a male.
Adjective. A patient with notoriously difficult veins for IV placement or lab collection.
Noun. A form of humor that helps nurses cope with the stressors of the job. Courtesy of a Scrubbed In reader!
Noun. A CT finding found incidentally, usually of insignificance, but causing a lot of emotional distress for patients. Courtesy of The Happy Hospitalist.
Noun. Acronym for laugh-induced incontinence. (Patients and nurses with a sense of humor are at high risk.)
Verb. The perceived act of getting rid of difficult or challenging patients by transferring them to another unit. It’s usually the other unit that calls it a “turf.”
Noun. Excessively nervous parents of pediatric patients who are always hovering.
What’s your favorite nurse colloquialism? Share with us (as long as they’re respectful and reasonably clean!).