# Nursing shorthand symbols!

1. Hi!

Wondering if anyone knows of a website where there's a list of all the nursing shorthand symbols? I have to do this deciphering exercise but can't found any information!

I'm stuck on these symbols,
1) ++
2) a dot with a line underneath (sort of like a division sign but without the dot underneath)
3) two dots side by side, a horizontal line underneath the dots, and then two vertical lines underneath that
4) a dot, then a horizontal line underneath, and a c underneath that (i know that a c with a line over it is "with" but how about with an extra dot on top?)

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3. Quote from aimezly
Hi!

Wondering if anyone knows of a website where there's a list of all the nursing shorthand symbols? I have to do this deciphering exercise but can't found any information!

I'm stuck on these symbols,
Hmm...

1) ++
Perhaps 'two-plus'; as in edema, pulse volume, extremity strength?

2) a dot with a line underneath (sort of like a division sign but without the dot underneath)
?
3) two dots side by side, a horizontal line underneath the dots, and then two vertical lines underneath that
Two.
4) a dot, then a horizontal line underneath, and a c underneath that (i know that a c with a line over it is "with" but how about with an extra dot on top?)
With. Not sure what the dot means... someone appears to like dots lol.
? Drawing a blank here... hope someone answers this one, because it's going to bug me.
4. :innerconf

omg...I don't know any of them!

Uh-oh!

Do I need another Masters' Degree?
5. Quote from aimezly
Hi!

Wondering if anyone knows of a website where there's a list of all the nursing shorthand symbols? I have to do this deciphering exercise but can't found any information!

I'm stuck on these symbols,
1) ++
2) a dot with a line underneath (sort of like a division sign but without the dot underneath)
3) two dots side by side, a horizontal line underneath the dots, and then two vertical lines underneath that
4) a dot, then a horizontal line underneath, and a c underneath that (i know that a c with a line over it is "with" but how about with an extra dot on top?)

1. Could mean "a lot"

2. and 3. could be 1 and 2. I have seen number 3 used instead of the number 2 before. Dunno about #4 and #5.

6. I notice you are from Australia so maybe these are something individual to Australian nurses.Are there any more experienced nurses you can ask? When you find the answer please tell us as well and put us out of our miseries!
7. Apothecary symbols. Not really good practice; best to just spell it out to avoid confusion. I'm surprised they are still teaching this, although I guess you need to know what it is should you run up against an order written this way.
8. I feel bad for those nurses who work as chart reviewers or in quality assurance and need to read nursing notes all day. I am sure they come across some interesting abbreviations/shorthand.

Our hospital has tried implementing a practice where NO abbreviations or shorthand is allowed, but that obviously has not worked.
9. Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
Apothecary symbols. Not really good practice; best to just spell it out to avoid confusion. I'm surprised they are still teaching this, although I guess you need to know what it is should you run up against an order written this way.

:yeahthat:
10. Quote from aimezly
hi!

i'm stuck on these symbols,
1) ++
2) a dot with a line underneath (sort of like a division sign but without the dot underneath) used for the number 1 (as in one tablet or capsule)
3) two dots side by side, a horizontal line underneath the dots, and then two vertical lines underneath that used for the number 2 (as in two tablets or capsules)
4) a dot, then a horizontal line underneath, and a c underneath that (i know that a c with a line over it is "with" but how about with an extra dot on top?)
can't help you with #1, 4 or 5 bit #4 sounds like another apothecary symbols.
11. Just remember, some of them might also be personal abbreviations. Make sure that more then 1 person is writing them.

I have seen DR's do this, and then become upset when we call for a clarfication, or the order is not picked up.
12. #2
._
l = 1 tablet

#3
.._
ll = 2 tablets

#4

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c = with
13. Quote from NRSKarenRN
#2
._
l = 1 tablet
I considered that, but the way she described it seemed to be without the vertical line under the slash.

No one knows what ADDITT is ??

Darn
14. Learning symbols for drams, minims, grains, ounces... converting to metric and 'household'.

http://www.dmacc.cc.ia.us/medmath1/a...tml/sld001.htm

Ack. I'm having flashbacks :stone