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- by batmik Jun 26, '12Just got off the phone with a friend who is a nurse and she was telling me of her last shift. She was talking about K riders, where I work we call it potassium replacement. I hadn't heard about "endorsing" to the next shift until reading it on this forum. Is that something used in other countries or also in different parts of the US? We just "give report to the oncoming shift" We have "casual nurses" to mean those without benefits, some places have "PRN" or "per diem". Some units still have " head" nurses other have managers and/or charge nurses. Post other differences you have noticed in our field.
- Jun 27, '12 by canned_breadThere are a lot of differences between here in Australia and the nursing lingo I see on here from American nurses! EKG and ECG is one that just popped into my head. I hadn't heard of EKG prior to coming on here!
- Jun 27, '12 by tcvnurseWhen I worked in NYC I gave K Riders. Here in Va I give Potassium Boluses. That's the main difference in lingo I've come across. I've always had charge nurses and given report.
- Jun 27, '12 by That GuyWe call K riders here K jumps. I still call it pot just for fun.
- Jun 27, '12 by BrandonLPNAt my facility the charge nurse is officially called the "nurse on duty". Only place I ever heard that term.
- Jun 28, '12 by amoLuciaFSBS = fingerstick bloood sugar or BGM = blood glucose monitoring
pOX vs spO2 for oxygen oximetry
infus-a-port or port-a-cath (both of these remind me of porta potty, johnny on the spot , porta johns
Just 3 little differences from my earlier and more recent employment. Funny because we're only talking about 50 miles between the 2 regions. My coworkers and I freq have to question each other in conversation just to clarify but no big problem. I use the first ones.Last edit by amoLucia on Jun 28, '12 : Reason: to finish
- Jun 30, '12 by sapphire18Never heard of "Accuchecks" until I moved here, I say "per diem," we don't have a "DON" (although I'm not sure what our equivalent would be- the CNO?), "k-rider" was new to me when I moved here, I say "johnny," "down-sized" rather than "cancelled," ohhh I could go on forever...
By the way, what is the deal with nurses pronouncing the word "centimeter" as "sahnt-uh-meter"?? That has always driven me crazy, since the first time I heard it in nursing school and we had to ask the professor what it was!
- Jun 30, '12 by CheesePotatoQuote from Twinmom06Toh-may-toe, Toh-mah-toe.I never knew that your belly button area was your um-buh-LIKE-us - I thought it was the umb-ili-cus (3 syllables and not 4)
(Please note all above spellings are fo-net-ik in nature._
It's all about putting emPHASis on the wrong sylLABle.