Words and phrases that I didn't know before I became a psych nurseRegister Today!
- by Kay28 Aug 14, '12I 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
responding to internal stimuli (usually written just "responding")
Pt denies SI/HI/AH
contracting for safety
flight of ideas
If anyone can think of anything else to add, please feel free.
- Aug 14, '12 by tyvinAffect
Tardive Dyskinesia (TD)
DSM IV by your side or whatever cheat sheet for insurance company compliance...
- Aug 15, '12 by TSHPSYCHRNmalingering
NMS (Neuroleptic Malignant syndrome)
EPS (extrapyramidal symptoms)
- Aug 15, '12 by 2bLVNmeRTIS in not a valid use of initials, but we use them too...
- Aug 17, '12 by Hygiene QueenUsually dementia pts: "time travelling" (though not an official term)
Hyperverbal (non-official: "verbal vomit")
- Aug 18, '12 by RNsRNotOutORNPsychosomatic Ghost
Humpty Dumpty Head
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.
- Sep 11, '12 by ElladoraWe 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.
shuffling or Thorazine shuffle
- Sep 11, '12 by Meriwhen5150 (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.
- Sep 11, '12 by DeLanaHarvickWannabeQuote from MeriwhenThat Dierks Bentley song makes a LOT more sense now, haha.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.