nursing superstitutions.....any truth in??? - page 6

just thought about the next full moon coming up.........loonies......... and that they tend to happen in threes....... and any others out there......... getting ready for work............ Read More

  1. by   AIS52
    There is one specific PA that I cannot utter to word "lunch" to without a patient on her service crashing. I asked if she wanted to order out with us two weeks ago and within 10 minutes she had two crashing patients on two different floors (Sunday afternoon so she's the only person covering the service).
  2. by   kahann
    Coincidentally I have had the same set of scrubs on in every code I have been involved in--got to be a standing joke when I wore them that somebody was going to code. These scrubs now hang in the back of my closet unworn. If a patient begins to go bad I always say they can't code, I don't have my "code scrubs" on. Haven't been in a code in over a year--(probably jinxed myself now!)
  3. by   fedupnurse
    I have a colleague that can make all hell break loose if she wears a specific color jewelry on a Friday. No jewelry no admissions, codes, etc. Sounds similar to the code scrubs!
  4. by   nightmoves
    In the course of the last eight years we have only had codes on the pediatric unit when a certain nurse is working that unit and I have the house. Since we don't have a peds critical care unit in our hospital they get transferred to a nearby pediatric hospital.

    The first year I was a supervisor we only had codes when I was wearing a specific pair of shoes. One of the ICU nurses noticed this and would drag out their crash cart if she saw me wearing those shoes when I made first rounds. When this was pointed out to me I threw them out.

    Those of us in administration who work at night have seen a shadowy form out of the corner of our eye in the nursing office from time to time. One night one of the nurse educators, another supervisor and I all saw it. The other supervisor was in a bad mood that night and said, "Look, if you're going to hang around here, come in here and do some of this paperwork." Nobody has seen the figure since, although all of us had previously seen it from time to time.

    And finally, deaths really do occur in threes. On one unit, in the space of a month and a half, three different staff members have lost previously healthy, close family members, in sudden deaths.
  5. by   VZ/res0ncqx
    If I get "that feeling", (and if not), I am always glad to extend the care that person needs or wants. When a person expires on my shift, I am glad, because I know they got the attention they deserve.
  6. by   zudy
    We never say the "S" or "Q" words, don't mention frequent fliers, everything DOES come in threes, and full moons bring them crawling out from under the rocks. Never heard about knotting the sheet, but I'll try anything. Has anyone else heard of balancing a penny on the door? I knew someone that did that when they had a bad pt. Also we always say FTD for fixin' to die. Great thread! Tell me more!
  7. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by rebel charm
    At our LTC facility our Alzheimer and "dementia" pts tend to see a little boy running up and down the halls - that none of us can see- and within 24 hours there is a death. And they all describe the little boy the same way (blond, 10 yro, wearing dungarees, etc). Maybe he's the "frequent flyer"???? :chuckle

    I have had residents see someone in their rooms, going doen the hall.....from the beginning of the hall to the end, I even saw someone, but no one was ambulating that night!
  8. by   LasVegasRN
    Very old southern superstition which I think is true, I believe came from as far back as slavery - hearing the fluttering of wings and BIRDS when someone is about to die. My grandmother, when she was in the hospital with pneumonia...we were staying at her home in Wynne, Arkansas when one morning we work up to a yard FULL of birds. They were chirping and flapping their wings so loudly it woke all of us up. I had never seen so many birds in a yard in my life. There had to be hundreds. Grandmother died.

    A friend at church, his 23 year old son was in the hospital. Said he was in his bathroom getting dressed to go visit his son at the hospital when he heard birds - chirping, wings fluttering, so loudly. His son died that night, unexpectedly.

    Another southern tradition, again, maybe came from slavery, when a family member dies, all mirrors of the home are covered and walls are washed down.

    Yes, they definitely go in 3's. There is proof in things being affected by lunar cycles - the full moon being the strongest.

    ok, now I've creeped myself out...
  9. by   caroladybelle

    Another Southern tradition for death. You stop the clock in the room where the death has occurred and open the window.
  10. by   Nurse K-Bear
    right out of high school I worked as a transporter. We had to bring patients to the morgue. One of my co-workers would always open the window before putting the expired pt on the stretcher. She said so the spirit can leave and go to heaven. Then the movie Ghost came out in the movies. That made me believe. I have always opened the window when a patient expire, now I work in a hospital where the windows do not open. So now I get the creeps each time. I say a prayer to myself and tell God to help the spirit find its way out! call me weird.

    My grandmother was into the bird theory especially if one flew in the house

    Death does happen in three when I worked Sunday 3 patients died in two hours of each other on the surgical floor where I work.
  11. by   colleen10
    In my family pictures come off the wall.

    Not necessarily fly off the wall but come off the wall and roll. Sometimes toward a specific person. Usually a family member that is most closely related or emotionally closest to the recently deceased.

    On another note, true story,

    I have two aunts. They are not sisters. One is my blood related aunt and the other married into the family by marrying my uncle (aunt's brother).

    However, they went to the same high school, are the same age, were in the same grade, and were friends when they were young.

    They both started families around the same time. My blood related aunt (we'll call her Aunt A) had recently had a baby and the other aunt (Aunt B) was pregnant and due any minute.

    Aunt A had a dream in which her baby, that she had just had was in a box and she couldn't get him out no matter how hard she tried. The next morning she was very disturbed about the dream and then later that morning our family got news that Aunt B went into labor but the child did not make it.

    My family is extremly superstitous and occurences like this just add to our belief that superstitions / clarvoyance exist.
  12. by   mattsmom81
    Fedupnurse, I've noticed many long term ill patients have a pre-death type of phenom before they pass. I've seen it occur uncounted times...and you're right; family surprisingly says "Gee, Mama looks a lot better today." Or she'll wake up out of a long semi- comatose state and talk lucidly, ask for family members, etc. when she's looked awful and been on death's door for weeks.

    Whenever a sudden unexplained miracle improvement is seen, it's usually the 'calm before the storm' or the patient is ready to say goodbye and let go, IME.
  13. by   zudy
    Another Southern tradition; a hat on the bed means death, so don't ever place a hat on a bed. I had a pt get upset with me for putting a hat on a stretcher. Also, peacock feathers in the house means death. I have also had some pts come into er wearing little bags around their necks that they wouldn't take off, they called it their "gris-gris" they said they would die if they took it off. I didn't mess with their bags!!!