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

by Kay28 6,659 Views | 26 Comments

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... Read More


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    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
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    euthymic
    labile
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    4 points

    chapter 51

    owp

    polydipsic (really, never heard or worked with pts that have polydipsia before psych)
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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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    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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    "thanks for sharing."
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    from the EMTs: "nutted up" = decompensated

    usually with a groan: Cluster B or Axis II
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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).
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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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    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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