Words and phrases that I didn't know before I became a psych nurse - page 3

by Kay28 6,657 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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    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.
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    Perservates ( finally have a word that describes what my daughter does)

    Sexually Preoccupied

    Repeated fecal smearing
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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.
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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.
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    B-52 (Benadryl/Haldol/Ativan IM)
    nola1202, AlishiaRN77, and Meriwhen like this.
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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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    Quote from RN_Kris
    B-52 (Benadryl/Haldol/Ativan IM)
    We call it The Three Amigos
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