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

  1. 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 my head are:
    Pt is visable in milieu
    Word salad
    thought blocking
    responding to internal stimuli (usually written just "responding")
    Pt denies SI/HI/AH
    anhedonia
    quiet room
    contracting for safety
    AECPS
    tangential
    flight of ideas
    hypomanic

    If anyone can think of anything else to add, please feel free.
    Kay28
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  3. by   tyvin
    Affect

    Projection

    Involuntary Admission

    Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)

    DSM IV by your side or whatever cheat sheet for insurance company compliance...
  4. by   TSHPSYCHRN
    malingering
    NMS (Neuroleptic Malignant syndrome)
    akathisia
    EPS (extrapyramidal symptoms)
  5. by   2bLVNme
    RTIS in not a valid use of initials, but we use them too...
  6. by   Hygiene Queen
    Usually dementia pts: "time travelling" (though not an official term)
    Phobic
    Manipulative
    Staff/milieu-splitting
    Manic/hypomanic
    Guarded
    Positive/negative symptoms
    Hyperverbal (non-official: "verbal vomit")
  7. by   RNsRNotOutORN
    Psychosomatic Ghost
    Humpty Dumpty Head
    Dinosaur Wisdom
    You had'em but then you got rid of'em so you didn't have'em

    I had not heard of these peculiar words arranged in this fashion until I got into psych nursing.
  8. by   Whispera
    gravitationally challenged (for eating disordered patients)

    chronologically gifted (for the elderly)
    Last edit by Whispera on Aug 18, '12
  9. by   Elladora
    We say "homicidal/suicidal" at our facility a LOT. It's typically a warning to staff members that a client is escalating and having thoughts of suicide/homicide. Basically means watch out, you're likely to see violence of some sort.

    EPS was the big one for me when I started. Absolutely could NOT recall that from nursing school.

    To add:

    voluntary/involuntary
    GAF
    cycling
    shuffling or Thorazine shuffle
  10. by   Meriwhen
    5150 (for those not in CA, that's an involuntary psychiatric hold). I only need to hear/say those four numbers and we all know what to expect for this patient's ride.
  11. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    Quote from Meriwhen
    5150 (for those not in CA, that's an involuntary psychiatric hold). I only need to hear/say those four numbers and we all know what to expect for this patient's ride.
    That Dierks Bentley song makes a LOT more sense now, haha.
  12. by   MrChicagoRN
    Quote from RNsRNotOutORN
    Psychosomatic GhostHumpty Dumpty HeadDinosaur WisdomYou had'em but then you got rid of'em so you didn't have'emI had not heard of these peculiar words arranged in this fashion until I got into psych nursing.
    Several decades of experience, never heard any of those before
  13. by   Feistn
    euthymic
    labile
  14. by   chevyv
    4 points

    chapter 51

    owp

    polydipsic (really, never heard or worked with pts that have polydipsia before psych)

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