Full moon syndrome-fact or fiction - page 4

For years, we (in the nursing profession) have identified an increase in full moon personality changes among our patients and co-workers. None of them for the better! Yet research does not... Read More

  1. by   Spidey's mom
    Lots and lots of research studies have proven this is all myth.

    Fun myth.

    But myth nonetheless.

    I'm not superstitious so this kind of stuff bugs me. I say I walk under ladders, break mirrors, throw away rabbits' feet, run over black cats, step on every single crack in the sidewalk, and say QUIET at work all the time. My luck isn't bad and my mom's back is still intact.

  2. by   Mandychelle79
    I find that any time the moon hits a designated phase we seem to have an increase of referrals from other hospitals and we are usually running a high census at the time.

    Also see it happen when the weather changes ( specially when its gets cold) I find it amazing how many homeless addicts decide that they would like to get clean right at the same time the snow starts to fly. Or the number of patients who are suicidal until they sign into the unit and then deny anything is wrong.
  3. by   al586
    As a nurse in LTC, I can say truthfully, without shame or embarrassment, the full moon phenomenon exists. I don't know why, but my more difficult patients get considerably more difficult during a full moon - I have the bruises to prove it.
  4. by   bleemadden
    As others have said, the moon has its effects on the tides and since the human body is appr. 60% water, I'm sure it has its effects on us also.

    I worked in LTC and I'd like to believe that we have more sundowner's residents on full moons. Once full moon I had a resident smearing feces in one room while another resident was streaking down a hall...both behaviors weren't "normal" for these two, but crazy happens everyday in LTC.

    It is a fun idea and topic and even with no test results showing it actually exists, I still "prepare" myself for every full moon!
  5. by   brownbook
    BlueDevilDNP. Said it so well I can't add anything except I hope the majority of nurses agree with him.


    On the other hand I ate carrots for a snack yesterday and had a fender bender car accident afterwards. PROVE the carrots did not cause my fender bender.
  6. by   nkochrn
    Our Ambulance service that usually averages 1 call per day, ran 30 calls during the week of the full moon! I've never been a believer in any full moon superstitions, but wow does it seem to have had an impact this month!
  7. by   angie2927
    arhef
    Last edit by angie2927 on Jul 7, '14 : Reason: Duplicate posting
  8. by   angie2927
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    Lots and lots of research studies have proven this is all myth.

    Fun myth.

    But myth nonetheless.

    I'm not superstitious so this kind of stuff bugs me. I say I walk under ladders, break mirrors, throw away rabbits' feet, run over black cats, step on every single crack in the sidewalk, and say QUIET at work all the time. My luck isn't bad and my mom's back is still intact.

    Thank you! I thought I might be the only nurse alive without a superstitious bone in my body. I'm still new and the more experienced nurses always remind me about not using the "Q-word" and other crazy beliefs they have. Come on! A car is not going to crash, someone isn't going to have a MI, a pt won't code, etc simply because I observed we're not very busy this shift.

    As for the full moon thing... we have plenty of crazy shifts all month long. But as soon as it's the full moon, somebody is always blaming it on that. What's the excuse for the rest of the month then?
  9. by   gayl01
    I agree. I have seen this too often as well.
  10. by   SherylM
    It's all in your head, and a professional does not rely on what she "intuits" alone, but also on empirical evidence. You have quoted scientific studies that contradict what you think, so I suggest you stop believing in superstition and start being a professional.
  11. by   SarahMaria
    It is not "all in my head." On my unit, we post when the next full moon is going to be because our long term patients are so affected by it. Psych patients are affected by the moon.
  12. by   oldandintheway
    Nah, it's bad luck to be superstitious.
  13. by   AshleyKing
    Which is good, because then the data would be tainted by biases...

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