When will people learn NOT to say the "Q" word...

  1. Its 6:35pm, census is 6 patients on a 16 bed icu.... Just as I'm about to give report, the oncoming nurses states how "quite" the unit is. Before the nurse can even finish her statement my patient who was given transfer orders goes into 40 beats of bigeminy pvcs and is symptomatic.

    People please, don't say the q word, especially around a new grad rn ICU nurse....
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  3. by   klone
    Are people really that superstitious?
  4. by   OnlybyHisgraceRN
    Quote from klone
    Are people really that superstitious?
    I'm not but in my short 6 years of nursing, it never fails. Friday the 13th was a breeze for me BTW.... don't believe in that at all.
  5. by   tothepointeLVN
    Are you that superstitous that you wrote quite instead of "quiet"? LOL Next time get report done before the word comes out of her mouth and then be like oh well enjoy your "quiet" ;0
  6. by   Dazglue
    I had a co-worker say "quiet" and "code" in the same sentence last night. You can guess what happened in the next 10 minutes! Lol. I'm not superstitious at all but this is the second time this has happened in a month when someone mentioned those words and it happens almost instantly.
  7. by   tothepointeLVN
    Maybe its intuition?
  8. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from klone
    are people really that superstitious?
    ​yes. i've seen it happen over and over.
  9. by   midlifemom
    Confirmation bias.
  10. by   umcRN
    yes. we do not say it on my unit!
    My patients mom said it today and I quickly told her not to say it again! haha, nothing happened but I have seen "quiet" shifts go to all hell breaking loose.
  11. by   Pepper The Cat
    Someone said the "q" word at the start of a shift the other day. I made her spin around three times and spit to prevent bad things from happening.
  12. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from klone
    Are people really that superstitious?
    Yes, yes we are. Because far more often than not, we're proven right. The Q word brings nothing but trouble

    For the record, it doesn't work in reverse: saying that this will be the shift from hell doesn't mean that it will be the smoothest, best and--dare I say it?--quietest shift ever.
  13. by   Little Panda RN
    I have seen it time and time again. I tell those who work with me to please not say the "Q" word as it will certainly bring a fall, a call to 911 and upset family members running!!!!
  14. by   BrandonLPN
    The last time I remarked it was a "quiet" night, the CNA promptly came to inform me the lady in room 269 was naked and pooping in the wastebasket of the guy in room 247....