Nursing preceptor says no to certain abbreviations - page 4

Hey all, I know there are a number of threads regarding nursing abbreviations, but I think this one might be slightly different. I'm a new nurse, still on orientation. My preceptor has been... Read More

  1. Visit  GrumpyRN63 profile page
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    Quote from Dolce
    I'm not sure what CVA tenderness is? It took me a minute to figure out CTA--I've seen it written LCTA, not just CTA. The main thing is that most hospitals are getting away from abbreviations. Probably in the future we aren't going to be using them at all. There is just way too much room for error. Especially with some nurses who I have worked with that have their own "made up" abbreviations. Stick to the most common ones and you should be fine.
    Positive CVA tenderness when assessing back vs. flank pain -usually indicative of pyelo
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  3. Visit  Dolce profile page
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    Quote from GrumpyRN63
    Positive CVA tenderness when assessing back vs. flank pain -usually indicative of pyelo
    Okay, thanks. I get it now.
  4. Visit  blondy2061h profile page
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    Quote from Dolce
    I'm not sure what CVA tenderness is? It took me a minute to figure out CTA--I've seen it written LCTA, not just CTA. The main thing is that most hospitals are getting away from abbreviations. Probably in the future we aren't going to be using them at all. There is just way too much room for error. Especially with some nurses who I have worked with that have their own "made up" abbreviations. Stick to the most common ones and you should be fine.
    Costovertebral angle tenderness. It's pain on the side/back over the kidneys.
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  5. Visit  morte profile page
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    Quote from Dolce
    Thanks. I had no clue what that meant. It still doesn't make a whole lot of sense in the context of "tenderness." Why would we need to chart no CVA tenderness?
    as the previous poster said, it relates to kidney issues....
  6. Visit  cherrybreeze profile page
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    I've only seen the "CVA tenderness" reference in MD dictation, not in nurses' notes. I wasn't technically taught how to assess it (not that it's hard, but was never actually shown the technique, if that makes sense).

    Notes are DEFINITELY part of the medical record; I was called to testify in a case where the med record came in to play (not about a patient care issue, though, it was a domestic one) and I HAD to refer back to my notes to refresh my memory of the events of that particular shift. Thank goodness I could!


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