Prn????? - page 2

OK, this is probably a very stupid question, but what is PRN?... Read More

  1. by   flopmingale
    if you don't ask, you'll never know!
  2. by   BrandyBSN
    That wasn't a bad question at all. None of us came into school knowing everything. None of us will ever know EVERYTHING There are SO MANY abbreviation in nursing, it will take a while to learn a lot of them, sometimes they even vary by hospital or department... so you just keep learning new ones. Don't let anyone make you feel bad for asking questions! Its nurses who DONT ask questions that we need to worry about Good luck to you! Ask anything you need to know (unless you want us to do your homework I've got my own pile of that!)

    Keep your chin up, your doing fine

    BrandyBSN - graduation May 18th! 19 days till finals are over!
  3. by   lgcv
    Jeez. it looked to me like nursesteph was just offering a suggestion. It did not appear sarcastic and certainly was not condesending.
  4. by   Jenny P
    I guess I'm with lgcv here, because I read the "good luck" as part of nursesteph's answer. I guess that this is why sometimes the written word is not as effective as the spoken word; the tones and inflections are missing so an ambiguous or neutral statement may be taken several different ways.

    I've been flamed once or twice in the past because of the same type of thing, so I try to use the smiley faces more often when I think something could be taken the wrong way.

    BTW, I'd like to welcome both of you (nurse steph and ashemson) to this BB. It is mostly friendly people here, really.

    Hey Brandy, good luck on your finals!
  5. by   night owl

    Remember, NO question is too stupid. Believe me, because I've asked them all!!!

    Ask away buddy, we're all ears... :wink2:
  6. by   canoehead
    Does anyone know where the abbreviation STAT comes from?
  7. by   Jenny P
    Canoehead, STAT is the abreviation for the Latin word "statim, which means immediately.
  8. by   StudentMarilu
    "Stat" is from the Latin word "statim" which means, "immediately". that DOES make sense!
  9. by   JillR
    nursesteph, it appears that ashemson is trying to learn some terminology. Maybe thats why she asked.

    CEN, lol, and here I thought that I was the only one that noticed that.
  10. by   canoehead
    Thanks guys, my father has been asking me that question for 10 years- and now I can answer the old coot.
  11. by   peaceful2100
    Yes, the orginial meaning for PRN is suppose to be as needed. However, some of the hospitals in my area when they hire students for summer they will not give them part-time or full-time status they will give them prn status BUT give them full-time hours. Now, if slows down then they will be the first to be sent home compared to another person in the same position that is say part-time or full-time. They do that so they don't have to pay out any benefits. It makes sense because many students will not work full-time during the school year as well.
  12. by   liveintheOR
    I was taught PRN means--- Per Required Need.
  13. by   micro
    as needed and as long as I have the orders and the liberty.........I ain't judging.......cause I don't wanna feel their pain...........