a few more abbreviations? - page 2

what dioes I&O stand for??? its says i&O=qshift... and what does prn stand for ? (something to do with meds) also for meds it says tazocin 4.5g IVPB q8h that means 4.5g of it every 8hours but... Read More

  1. by   dtweed
    lIn one facility I worked in, they adopted a whole book of medical abbreviations. On very, very slow nights, when all the extra cleaning was done, we would make up stories using the abbreviations. The best one was bthoom. It stands for "beats the hell out of me." Dctors were able to use this for a diagnosis. I think we know some doctors who used this all the time because thay didn't have a clue. But their are some great docs out there also
  2. by   BrandyBSN
    hmmm.... yeah, i might have to agree. Crack that text! What did they teach you in the first year? Not to be mean, really, Im just really wondering??
  3. by   OneChattyNurse
    I am not trying to be mean...but I learned alot of the abbreviations in my one month CNA class I took several years ago before nursing school!!! It is kinda scary that in the second year this is not known. Have you not pased meds yet...or read Physician orders. How do you manage even reading the charts without knowing medical abbreviations???

    Shari
  4. by   misti_z
    Yeah, like Carole, I've been waiting for an update....

    So.....??
  5. by   KRVRN
    When I was little my mom would tell me that if I can't say anything nice, I shouldn't say anything at all...

    So what if she SHOULD know those. So what if she should just go look them up. Maybe she doesn't have the book for some reason. Maybe she just discovered this site and thought "wow, these nurses are all so nice, I'll ask them." We don't know what she's learning in school. I doubt she posted her question to be blasted for it.
  6. by   Bozo180
    Good for you, frappa^ for asking the questions. It never ceases to amaze me just how quick some nurses are to jump down the throats of their own kind. Remember, we were all students once and I have no doubt that you all, like me, asked the occasional "stupid" question all in the name of furthering your own knowledge and hoping that one day you would make a good nurse.

    KRVRN - it's refreshing to see somebody else defending their own trade/profession.

    Frappa^, you've learned a valuable lesson...... nurses are one of the most vindictive groups of people out there in the working world. Another lesson for you......the only stupid question is the one you don't ask.
  7. by   semstr
    Frappa,

    there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers!
    Don't worry, I notice in my students, that as soon as they finish their training, they think they are the best and forget all about themselves being freshmen not too long ago!
    (Well not all of them, thank God)
    So , please ask, ask, ask, before you do something you're not sure about and endanger the patient and/ or yourself
    Take care, Renee
  8. by   canoehead
    It's good to ask the question, but makes more sense to find a source for the answers yourself, so you'll be able to find the answers independently the next time.

    I find it hard to believe that there is no policy book, or even a medical dictionary around to consult. If students were to come here with every abbreviation they find (prn? please...)we could start a new web site. I think we should demand some individual accountability, as well as helping out those who come with honest questions.
  9. by   BrandyBSN
    oh, i agree that it is good to ask questions. and no, i havent forgot what it was like to be a freshman, it was only 3 years ago. But I do think that sometimes it is necessary to look up things on your own. We had a test on abbreviations before we even went to the hospital and before we even looked at a patients chart. And now Frap has a patient assignment, and is just now trying to figure out what the basic abbrevs are? Some docs handwriting is hard enough to read even when you DO know the abbrevs. And by the second year of ANY program, adn or bsn, these should have been covered by now.
  10. by   kimberle
    Hi! I know just recently at the hospital I work at, they're discouraging abbreviations. Especially with procedures, they want the entire words written out, esophageal-gastro-duodenoscopy, not EGD. I don't know if it's an insurance thing, or initiated r/t high frequency of medical lawsuits anymore or what... Just an aside. I had to laugh when a doctor wrote for "Accurate I&O". I told him we could only do inaccurate I&O. (All of our patients are on I&O on our unit.)
  11. by   TracyB,RN
    Frap, get some index cards & make flashcards. trust me,
    it will help as long as you do it. I also made my own flashcards
    for stuff like lab values, etc.
  12. by   KRVRN
    Yes, I learned the "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"... If I were a non-assertive person, would I have defended frappachino against getting blasted? I have yet to take an assertiveness class--and I am female.

    Believe me, I've had many not-nice things I could've said in response to posts I seen in the past. I have opinions (and no, not all bad) about different people that frequent this BB. I feel like this site was designed for nurses and future-nurses to come to for support and help and I don't think anyone should have to fear being blasted for asking or commenting on things. And yes, I will say not-nice things to people... this just isn't the place for it.

    Did she REALLY step on anyone's toes? No. She just asked a question. Anyone care to guess why she hasn't responded or been back?
  13. by   Q.
    I kinda agree.

    I'm a little shocked that this person didn't know, but after all, they are a student, not a nurse. If they get blasted for asking a question, they may never ask a question again - and that leads to a very dangerous nurse, or very dangerous ANYONE for that matter.

    Know what you don't know.

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