Our description for psych/HI/SI people is "Med G"
What do you call them?
Mar 27, 2012
Pixie.RN, MSN, RN
Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.
Has 13 years experience.
A lot of our psych patients were made to be the way they are by serving our country and seeing things I can't imagine, so I try to be respectful. They've given up so much. No code words, although we sometimes do refer to an involuntary psych admission (once admitted) as a "10-13."
Specializes in ED.
Has 7 years experience.
There are little icons next to certain types of patients on our tracking board. A psych patient has a duck for some reason...so, we call them ducks. The psych room is a big, open room and it's the duck pond.
VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN
Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych.
Has 20 years experience.
There are a good many people---including this bipolar nurse---who might have a bit of an issue with that descriptor.
Staragate, ADN, ASN, RN
Specializes in Dialysis.
Has 5 years experience.
I think that's cute as long as they aren't treated by QUACKS!
Well, bipolar nurse, learn to detect sarcasm better.
I didn't detect your "sarcasm" either, nor did I find it in the least bit funny or appropriate.
whichone'spink, BSN, RN
Has 3 years experience.
I sometimes use BSC (bat s*** crazy) or CCFCP (CooKoo for Cocoa Puffs).
Specializes in ER.
Has 5 years experience.
Ours are "Crisis" patients. No code words needed. We call it what it is and do our best to give them the help they need.
Mar 28, 2012
Sigh. Nothing drives me crazier than nurses who can't laugh, especially ones that work in the ER and see reality on a daily basis. Sorry if you didn't find it appropriate, and I'm not going to defend my post any further, but I honestly could care less whether or not you find it "appropriate." It was a joke. I don't expect everyone to laugh.
SHGR, MSN, RN, CNS
Specializes in nursing education.
"A little bit special."
Specializes in Emergency Medicine.
Has 17 years experience.
I'm not very politically correct. I call them freaks.
As in "Yo, there's a freak in room 7" (and room 4 and room 9).
Just remember Haldol and Ativan are our friends...
Better living through chemistry
FWIW, I have a good (and very warped) sense of humor. I just don't find the terms "crazy" or "freak" terribly funny when we're discussing the mentally ill. It's sad to see that the stigma is still alive and well in the 21st century.....no wonder it's so hard for people to get better, when even professionals sit in judgment and make fun of them.
emtb2rn, BSN, RN, EMT-B
Specializes in Emergency.
Has 21 years experience.
Sometimes the term "crazy" fits.....
Specializes in Trauma SICU.
Has 1 years experience.
Apr 3, 2012
i was just a psych pt in the er a few weeks ago. However I spent it chatting with my nurse and my friend that was with me, watching My Strange Addiction on my iPad and trying to put on a brave face even though I felt like dying. I hope that doesn't make me a "freak."Were not all delusional or psychotic... Some of us have pretty good hearing too and can hear the comments from beyond the curtain.
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