Do yourself and others a favor and... - page 2

...don't ever say "diagnosises" as the plural of diagnosis. I have heard two of my peers use "diagnosises" this week and it really makes them sound like idiots when they're very intelligent. If we as... Read More

  1. by   MB37
    I saw this thread yesterday, and noticed my professor talking about nursing "diagnosises" several times today. Oops.
  2. by   underpaidrn
    Amen to this thread! I worked with a DON who would tell family members that their loved one was going to have more "testes." I am not sure if she was referring to a part of the male anatomy or what. If we are to look professional, we really need to know how to pronounce the words correctly.
  3. by   DaFreak71
    Ha, glad you pointed that out. I've heard this from class mates and have always expected them to be corrected by the instructor, hasn't happened yet though.
  4. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Actually, I think that good pronunciation is important for nurses to master. We look like idiots in front of other educated professionals if we're mispronouncing the words of the English language.
    We look like idiots to the patients too.

    Do what you will to common English usage, but please, in the name of all that is sacred to our profession, get the words we use as professionals right, I beg you!
  5. by   loricatus
    Personally, I would rather hear the stuttering sound of someone saying "diagnosises" than to constantly be told to "revitalize" someone that just needs another set of vitals performed.
  6. by   Logos
    Quote from loricatus
    Personally, I would rather hear the stuttering sound of someone saying "diagnosises" than to constantly be told to "revitalize" someone that just needs another set of vitals performed.

    "revitalize" :chuckle
  7. by   suanna
    Thats right up there with "I orientated to ICU last week"
  8. by   Pat_Pat RN
    Many years ago, a "collegue" of mine and I were taking a First Responder class. As a joke (a dig at some of the less educated participants) we started saying "disorientated". It was not long after we finished the class that we started hearing "disorientated" on the radio reports to the hospital....still to this day they bring in disorientated patients. And I just chuckle.

    Pat

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