Nursing Superstitions? - page 5

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What are your nursing superstitions? Here are a few of mine... - I become paranoid if, during report, someone explicitly states a pt is a "full code" (we don't normally note code status unless a pt is a DNR) OR if there is a... Read More


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    Nursing Superstitions 101

    Never say....
    The Q,S,E or B word (Quiet, Slow, Bored)
    The A word (Admission)
    The Full first or last name of a Frequent Flyer's name
    ......................You will regret it.

    Place a Foley kit out of sight outside the door of a retaining patient's room. They will pee.

    Never read obituaries at work...... within 24 hours you will be providing the papers with another obituary subject.

    FULL MOONS SUCK!!!!! Ditto for the day after holidays.......request them off if you can.

    The 3 theory was just renamed the 3 LAW!!!!

    Never tell a confused, combative or vindictive pt to stay out of trouble or be good. Its just laughable.

    If a doctor or nursing supervisor happens to cruise by you unit.......LOOK BUSY!!! Or you WILL regret it.

    Patient observed talking to people that aren't visible to the rest of us should be watched closely. They are either severely disoriented or getting ready to discharge themselves to the great retirement community in the sky.

    If the previous shift says that they had a wonderful/easy/mellow day or group, prepare yourself. Put on you running shoes, athletic support garment, and possibly some water wings.......you are in for a rough shift.
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    I learned the hard way not to say the "Q" word.
    For some reason, when I'm on my way up to the floor, I have to press one specific elevator button, or I feel like something bad will happen.
    Lately I've stopped putting my stethoscope down... if I put it away then I'll get an admit or one of my patients will have respiratory issues.
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    Here we certainly avoid the 'Q' word and some poor people have been told off severly by breaking this unwritten rule. (Generally newcomers by the more blunt personalities who've been around for a while).

    I've always believed the full moon does something. Odd behaviour comes out everywhere, logically I suppose if the moon can affect our tides who knows what it can do to the body and brain.

    Here if Emergency ring up with an admission and you prepare the area, pull down the covers and then Emergency ring up and cancel it. You leave the room prepared under this superstition that if you don't admits will flood in.

    The knot is fascinating I've never heard of it before, same with opening the window.

    I don't know if it's a superstition XD but was taught pillow covers have to open facing away from the doorway. So I'm padentic on beds, like it'll cause bad luck or something. Which I know is ridiculous. Apparently back in the war days it was common in military nursing so that dust/dirt never got into the pillow through the door/tent opening. So it's a completely unecessary action *sighs* yet I still do it, kinda sad.


    Hope to see more. it's really interesting to read ^.^
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