Common nicknames for hospital items. - page 4
Just wanted to see if the nicknames we call certain items are the same names you guys call them lol. I work in the midwestern region. Examples include: 1.) "Bubblier" for humidifier 2.) "Ice... Read More
Jul 31, '12Quote from mds1in all my years of nursing i always questioned why they didn't call it go heavy!!!!! that's what my pt. in gi use to say.i always call golytely-- go lot ly!!!
Jul 31, '12i just remembered at ed, when a doctor orders blood to be drawn of a pt. we draw "the rainbow"= all the colors of blood tubes.
Jul 31, '12i went to school in the east and worked in the west for 15 years. then i came back. guerneys went back to being stretchers, patient gowns went back to being johnnies. dmis went back to being imis. or maybe i have that backwards.:d
on the west coast, it's an-jih-nuh; in new england it's an-jye-nah. i got funny looks on both coasts until i adapted to the local pronunciation, so i got to the point where i would say, "it's an-jih-nuh or an-jye-nah, depending on whether your doctor went to stanford or harvard."
if it's ice cream and milk all whipped up in the blender it's a frappe, not a milkshake, if you're in new england. and it's jimmies, not sprinkles, on your sundae.
it's not coffee milk, it's a cabinet, if you're in rhode island.
Jul 31, '12I am really enjoying this thread, and it reminded me how obscure our nursing jargon can be to laypeople (except those who watch medical shows on tv ). "I need a PRN of ASA QID for my COPD patient--ASAP!!!" Alphabet soup!
Jul 31, '12We had to stop calling our computers on wheels "COWS" because some visitor got offended and complained because she heard "Get that COW out of the hallway" LMAO....now they're WOWs, workstations on wheels...how upscale
Jul 31, '12Quote from LifesAJourneyThat is what we call it. Vitamin A for Ativan, and Vitamin V for Versed.I totally agree! Is there by chance "Vitamin H" for Haldol?
Jul 31, '12Quote from gitanornwe say that too in my unit, or we say we drew everything under the sun for labs.i just remembered at ed, when a doctor orders blood to be drawn of a pt. we draw "the rainbow"= all the colors of blood tubes.
Jul 31, '12Quote from redhead_NURSE98!Yep us too.We had to stop calling our computers on wheels "COWS" because some visitor got offended and complained because she heard "Get that COW out of the hallway" LMAO....now they're WOWs, workstations on wheels...how upscale
Jul 31, '12Quote from VivaLasViejasThis is fun! Here in the West, we have Christmas trees, gowns, frequent flyers, and transfers to the ECF (Eternal Care Facility) after they've CTD'd (Circled The Drain). Patients with cannulas have their O's on. When they're 'bound up', we give 'em a Hot Slider (warm prune juice mixed with MOM or Lactulose and 2 pats of butter). GoLytely is "the atomic laxative". Heel protectors are "booties", bibs are "clothing protectors", adult diapers are "briefs", and we "turn and baste" bedbound, incontinent nursing-home residents. The thing we use to catch urine in the toilet is a "hat", but if we have to catheterize someone who can't pee, we "drop a Foley".
There's more but I can't think of them right now.
Haha I love that " Eternal Care facility", I'm gonna start using that. A term I heard recently now that its summer...weve been getting a lot of business from the "stroke boats". elderly cruise ship folks havin strokes left right and centre haha.
Jul 31, '12I'm glad you guys are enjoying this thread! Great responses! It's been so long since I've heard anyone referring to our mobile computers as "cows." Yes, we also call that urine/stool collector a "hat." Those "hats" can be a little complicated when we put one in a bedside commode for a stool sample. The size of it makes it impossible to send a good sample down to the lab without urine contaminating it!
Jul 31, '12B52 = Benadryl 50mg + Haldol 2mg
Depth Charge = Prune Juice + Milk of Mag
@ss-Cannon = Go-Lytely or Mag Citrate
Twist & Shout = Q2Hours Turn Orders (at Night)
Code Brown/Chili Bed = BM
Vitamin H = Haldol
Vitamin A = Ativan
Walkie - Talkie = A Self-Care Pt
Zombie = Any RN pulling a double shift
Golden Moment = Inserting a foley on a pt with urinary retention
Gas Passer = Anesthesiologist/CRNA
Drive By Docs = AM/PM 30 Second MD Rounders
Oscar = Pt Thank You Card
Night Crawler = Pt trying to go AMA at night
Day Walker = Dayshift RN
Night Fighter = Nightshift RN