Got any funny acronyms at your ER??? - page 6

Ok... So I am a part of a committee putting together a "seminar" targeting New Grads, Recent Grads and students. We are tentatively calling it "REAL Life in the ER". We are planning it... Read More

  1. by   canuckeh!
    Quote from gerry79
    F.A.R.T. = Fast Acting Response Team
    I agree these anacronyms are funny- to those of us who work in Emergency Departments. I would like to raise the possibility however, that their use may be inappropriate for a presentation aimed at students, new grads and new ER nurses.

    I think they may appear disrespectful and uncaring. Every job and every specialty within any job has its' own jargon that is not interpreted the same way by others.

    I have a feeling that using these terms in a presentation of that nature will only reinforce the stereotype of ER nurses that we all try so hard to overcome.
    Last edit by canuckeh! on Feb 8, '05 : Reason: meant to reply to whole thread not previous post
  2. by   RoadRunner
    I live in Canada where the americain dollar cost almost 1.50$ canadian so when we have to give ativan or haldol or whatsoever to a patient who REALLY needs it, we ask for an "USA dose"
  3. by   Victoriakem
    These are stress relievers! It's not to be taken seriously. I had a great laugh out of all the ones I have read here & have told my co-workers about allnurses.com. It's hard enough working in the ED, so getting a laugh out of these acronyms is great. I needed it.
    Quote from canuckeh!
    I agree these anacronyms are funny- to those of us who work in Emergency Departments. I would like to raise the possibility however, that their use may be inappropriate for a presentation aimed at students, new grads and new ER nurses.

    I think they may appear disrespectful and uncaring. Every job and every specialty within any job has its' own jargon that is not interpreted the same way by others.

    I have a feeling that using these terms in a presentation of that nature will only reinforce the stereotype of ER nurses that we all try so hard to overcome.
  4. by   nursedawn67
    For those of you that have missed this type of thread in the past, I have a pretty good list of these "acronyms and abbreviations", approx 14 pages worth....so if anyone wants a copy please let me know.
  5. by   SRobinson
    PPP--P*** Poor Protoplasm (We've all run across those kind)

    Pet Rocks/Fossils---water and turn every two hours



    We had our own terminology on the Med floors as well.
  6. by   hogan4736
    positive "O" sign: nursing home pt comes in via EMS w/ mouth wide open and eyes closed
    positive "Q" sign: same as above w/ tongue hanging out

    hypoCBCemia:what the pt suffers from when she insists on having labs drawn even though she's not sick

    an "excremental" cardiac rhythm: looks like sh!!t (asystole, vfib, etc)

    TMB disease: too many birthdays

    does anyone else put the body bag under the bedsheet when you get word of a code coming in?
  7. by   RNin92
    Quote from Cameron67
    For those of you that have missed this type of thread in the past, I have a pretty good list of these "acronyms and abbreviations", approx 14 pages worth....so if anyone wants a copy please let me know.
    Thanks.
    I sent a PM with my e-mail address
  8. by   RNin92
    Quote from canuckeh!
    I agree these anacronyms are funny- to those of us who work in Emergency Departments. I would like to raise the possibility however, that their use may be inappropriate for a presentation aimed at students, new grads and new ER nurses.

    I think they may appear disrespectful and uncaring. Every job and every specialty within any job has its' own jargon that is not interpreted the same way by others.

    I have a feeling that using these terms in a presentation of that nature will only reinforce the stereotype of ER nurses that we all try so hard to overcome.
    I understand what you are saying but I think a little humor will go along way in easing the anxiety of new nurses and those considering the scary world of the ER.

    I personally think that ER nurses are some of the most caring I have ever had the privillege to work with. We step into people's lives at their worst moments, in the most chaotic of circumstances, under the most stressful uncontrolled times...and shine. Day after day after day...

    If it takea a little humor to make it through...so be it.
    Those who would sterotype us have no understanding...
    And I choose not to live my life by their closed-minded rules.

    End of soap box!
    Sorry
  9. by   germain
    Quote from RoadRunner
    I live in Canada where the americain dollar cost almost 1.50$ canadian so when we have to give ativan or haldol or whatsoever to a patient who REALLY needs it, we ask for an "USA dose"
    THats cute- they do the same in France in a general sense. Anything obnoxiously big is "a l'americain" :beercuphe
  10. by   Inspired_2b
    Quote from Cameron67
    For those of you that have missed this type of thread in the past, I have a pretty good list of these "acronyms and abbreviations", approx 14 pages worth....so if anyone wants a copy please let me know.
    Can you pls direct me to that thread. TY in advance.
  11. by   nursedawn67
    Quote from NuNurse04
    Can you pls direct me to that thread. TY in advance.

    Actually it's not a thread, it is a list that I made up from previous threads. I have accumulated so many acronyms and nonapproved abbreviations that it is approx 14 pages worth. If you would like me to email it to you I would be more then happy to. Just pm me an addy and I'll send it off to you.
  12. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from gamegirlkimmy
    This isn't an acronym but..... have you ever had those pitiful suicide attempts that are in your ED so much that you know they just enjoy the attention? I'm gonna write a book titled "Suicide, Doing It Right the First Time"

    ...only it's called "Final Exit"


    NurseFirst
  13. by   lapappey
    Quote from hogan4736
    does anyone else put the body bag under the bedsheet when you get word of a code coming in?
    Wasn't there a whole thread about this? Some people thought it was disrespectful, some people thought it was practical.

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