Ok, I am a little creeped out! - page 3

Hi, So I know there is whole thread on ghost stories, but i figured I would post this since it just happened. I was working as a medic and we picked up a patient who had collapsed. The patient... Read More

  1. by   russianbear
    Quote from blondy2061h
    Singular "they" is largely considered acceptable in writing.

    The Washington Post Style Guide Now Accepts Singular ‘They’ | Mental Floss
    The Washington Post style guide is not an acceptable manual for any academic writing that I am aware of. I know for a fact the APA, which is the style used by nursing journals, explicitly forbids the use of the singular they. It recommends recasting a sentence if needed. I am fairly certain the MLA also does not consider the singular they correct. That's point number one.
    Point number two, the use of the singular they is inappropriate here because the gender of the person being referred to is known. The use of the singular they is used when attempting to be gender neutral. It's awkward, at best, to be gender neutral when th gender is not known.
    Last edit by russianbear on Dec 16, '15
  2. by   TheGooch
    Quote from ArtClassRN
    Yes, having respect for departed patients by not inventing spooky stories about them is so rude.

    Yes it is. Like someone said, if you have a problem remove yourself from this thread.
  3. by   TheGooch
    Quote from Farawyn
    No, telling someone they are "shameful" because it's not your cup of tea is, though.
    There always has to be a few wet blankets in these types of threads.
    and then we have the nitpickers.
  4. by   TheGooch
    [QUOTE=russianbear;8825311]The Washington Post style guide is not an acceptable manual for any academic writing that I am aware of. I know for a fact the APA, which is the style used by nursing journals, explicitly forbids the use of the singular they. It recommends recasting a sentence if needed. I am fairly certain the MLA also does not consider the singular they correct. That's point number one.
    Point number two, the use of the singular they is inappropriate here because the gender of the person being referred to is known. The use of the singular they is used when attempting to be gender neutral. It's awkward, at best, to be gender neutral when th gender is not known.]



    Wow, way to hijack the thread.
  5. by   CardiacDork
    Reading nurses bicker on here is so much more entertaining than reading the comments of ordinary people bickering on Facebook. 😂
  6. by   Silverdragon102
    OK guys enough on derailing a thread and back to topic
  7. by   Wrench Party
    I'm bringing this thread back to the OP before y'all derailed it.

    Sorry you were creeped out by it, I'm sure I would have thought it a little weird too.

    I did have some actively dying patients my first year as a nurse, and they were fixated on spots in the distance. Perhaps they saw their loved ones as we were transporting them in the hallway. Who knows.
  8. by   pookyp
    I'm in hospice. My 99 yr old pt was on crisis care for pain management. Very AAOx3. At some point during the night around 3 am she was saying 'get out of here!' I asked hr what was wrong and she said 'get my dead mother out of here! I'm tired of seeing her face!' She pointed to the end of her bed. I politely asked her mother to leave and she never mentioned her anymore that night. She died 3 days later.
  9. by   russianbear
    I guess having standards is a bad thing.
  10. by   idialyze
    Quote from ArtClassRN
    I find hospital ghost stories insulting.

    These patients are people who died under our care and look how many fellow nurses invent stories and narratives to fit their desire for "spooky tales" or to reinforce their worldview.

    That is shameful. Patients deserve better than that.

    Jeez Dude, who urinated in your breakfast cereal this morning?
  11. by   CardiacDork
    Quote from idialyze
    Jeez Dude, who urinated in your breakfast cereal this morning?
    This made my night. I think I'm ready now for the next three 13hr shifts... Thank you.

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