Alternative Abbreviations

Nurses Humor


once again i have to thank the "unofficial nurses hanbook" for the following list

aa of each

a.m. after meals

a.c . another chance

a.c.p. another cahnce please

b.i.d. twice a day

b.i.t. patient bit me feces

caps capsules

cu.p cute patient

dd dunkin donuts

d.w. distilled water

dty. w. dirty water

e.l.p. eats like pig

fld. fluid

f.p.n. forgot patients name

fu! darn!

g.g, great gossip!

gm gram

gtt drop

gttd dropped

h.n.o.w. head nurse on warpath

hs hour of sleep

irs trouble

kg kilogram

kgb russian spy

oz ounce

oz where dorothy toto and the tin man went

pin pain in neck

pia pain elsewhere

qdr quack doctor

qh every hour

q2h every 2 hours

q9y every nine years

qhcp every time halley's comet passes

ruk are you kidding!!

rx take

rx!!! take it or else

rx2cam take two and call me in the morning

x sign here

x $ sign here and pay

zzz! sleeping

adapted from: the unofficial nurses handbook1986 schroeder n. and mintzer r.


433 Posts

Thanks Gwenith...I needed a good laugh today!!


799 Posts

Specializes in Step down, ICU, ER, PACU, Amb. Surg.

Hehehehehehe! I wonder if I could get away with using a few of those abbrv. at work????? :devil:


60 Posts

Specializes in Home Health, Hospice.

H.T.E. Hold the elevator

O.T.L. out to lunch (like many of our patients)

P.T.A. a type of bed bath

D.D.D.F. down and dirty dope fiend

gwenith, BSN, RN

3,755 Posts

Specializes in ICU.

D.D.D.F. down and dirty dope fiend


Loved it!!!


11 Posts

Having just recieved an "Official List of Abbreviations" from my employer (partly due to my own creativity) I couldn't resist printing and submitting this list for her consideration. LOL

Oh yea, don't forget:

OOB - out of bed and

OOC - out of control


262 Posts

Hehe! :roll

Specializes in CCU (Coronary Care); Clinical Research.

I think that PIA is my favorite. Sometimes, it is just so fitting... :)


629 Posts

H.N.O.W. Head Nurse On Warpath

Sooo fitting


Long Term Care Columnist / Guide

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

108 Articles; 9,984 Posts

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.

CTD--Circling the Drain

PITA--Pain in the....

TOTL--Too Old to Live

PBAB--Pine Box at Bedside

FOS--Full of "stuff"

FUBAR--F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition

Specializes in 5 yrs OR, ASU Pre-Op 2 yr. ER.

POS=the abbreviation used to describe our computers

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