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. Visit  cherubhipster profile page
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    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!
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  2. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    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.
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  3. Visit  nola1202 profile page
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    "thanks for sharing."
  4. Visit  K.P.A. profile page
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    from the EMTs: "nutted up" = decompensated

    usually with a groan: Cluster B or Axis II
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  5. Visit  psychaz profile page
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    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. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    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.
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  7. Visit  canned_bread profile page
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    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.
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  8. Visit  LilPita profile page
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    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. Visit  Mandychelle79 profile page
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    Perservates ( finally have a word that describes what my daughter does)

    Sexually Preoccupied

    Repeated fecal smearing
  10. Visit  MrChicagoRN profile page
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    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. Visit  Meriwhen profile page
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    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. Visit  RN_Kris profile page
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    B-52 (Benadryl/Haldol/Ativan IM)
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  13. Visit  chevyv profile page
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    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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