Words and phrases that I didn't know before I became a psych nurse - page 2

I noticed the other day while writing my progress notes that we tend to use alot of terminology that non mental health staff are not familiar with. A few examples that I can think of off the top of... Read More

  1. by   cherubhipster
    I work with a nurse who was once on the phone with a doctor and said "I think the pt is experiencing retarded dyskinesia." AMAAAZING!
  2. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from cherubhipster
    I work with a nurse who was once on the phone with a doctor and said "I think the pt is experiencing retarded dyskinesia." AMAAAZING!
    Keep in mind that the word "retarded" doesn't always refer to developmental issues (like they used to say "mentally retarded" in the past to refer to someone who was developmentally disabled--that use of the word isn't considered appropriate anymore).

    The word can also refer to something being delayed or slowed. In this case, he may have been referring to a delayed reaction.
  3. by   nola1202
    "thanks for sharing."
  4. by   K.P.A.
    from the EMTs: "nutted up" = decompensated

    usually with a groan: Cluster B or Axis II
  5. by   psychaz
    On the east coast we usually assessed for SI/HI (suicidal ideation/homicidal ideation), but in AZ we assess for DTS/DTO (danger to self/danger to others).
  6. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from K.P.A.
    usually with a groan: Cluster B or Axis II
    Most of the time the person cuts straight to chase and says, "it's a borderline." That one little word can convey so much.
  7. by   canned_bread
    We learnt that terminology in nursing college, however I think a lot of it goes away when people work in med/surg etc. I remember learning about "Word salad" and thought it was a funny word. Then I saw it in action when doing a psych rotation and thought that was the most apt word for what I saw in that poor man.
  8. by   LilPita
    CFS - contract for safety

    Sin Eater - my favorite, which is not a clinical term...someone once called me it, as we absorb all of these patients' stories about awful pasts filled with horrible things day after day after day. Takes a lot of strength and shows a lot of character.
  9. by   Mandychelle79
    Perservates ( finally have a word that describes what my daughter does)

    Sexually Preoccupied

    Repeated fecal smearing
  10. by   MrChicagoRN
    Quote from Meriwhen
    Most of the time the person cuts straight to chase and says, "it's a borderline." That one little word can convey so much.
    Unfortunately, most people misuse it, applying it to just about anyone with a personality d/o...or to a patient they just dislike.
  11. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from MrChicagoRN
    Unfortunately, most people misuse it, applying it to just about anyone with a personality d/o...or to a patient they just dislike.
    Definitely agree with you...that's one of my pet peeves, actually.
  12. by   RN_Kris
    B-52 (Benadryl/Haldol/Ativan IM)
  13. by   chevyv
    Quote from RN_Kris
    B-52 (Benadryl/Haldol/Ativan IM)
    oooooo, good one. I'm gonna have to remember this one.

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