Taboo - 10 Things Nurses Should NEVER Say! - page 10

As nurses, we have learned the hard way to never say certain statements. Why? Well, that could be because the first time we said it - or heard it said - we got the "evil eye". Think back to the time... Read More

  1. by   canoehead
    Keeping a drip that was dc'ed, keeping the IV in, and keeping the patient on the monitor, all ward off evil spirits. And even if it doesn't work statistically, it makes the nurse look very smart if all that equipment is available, when the patient tries to die.

    Patients know when you are concerned, but telling them the defib pads are going on to ward off evil spirits is easier to hear when they are already terrified. A little humor, and a "I'm keeping my eye on you" lets them know you're engaged and ready.
  2. by   canoehead
    Quote from NursesRmofun
    The COB's that trained me when I was a new/youngish nurse always told me not to say the "Q" word. I found out what happens when you get hit with several admissions OR a code happens...something will happen! lol
    Forget the admission, you'll get hit with a chart!

    Really truly, I don't believe that word actually makes things happen, but my gut still does a little lurch. The world continues to turn, and terrible things happen, and eventually they will land in our ER. I don't want to hear it if a coworker is bored, it feels like they are wishing for disasters for entertainment. (Yes I know that's not what they mean, but its as close as I can come to explaining my aversion to Q)
    Last edit by canoehead on Nov 20, '17
  3. by   Agatha12
    Oh yes. Never say it is quiet or you had a good shift. I had good shifts in the past and 15min to the end of the shift just to get the report and usually it was the time when my stable patients were in severe pain, deteriorated or started bleeding. It looked like I didnt do much whole my shift.
  4. by   Joe V
    new video added to article - enjoy
  5. by   Buckeye.nurse
    I make it a point to request to be off work on every Friday the 13th

    I do think that confirmation bias plays a significant role in superstitions...but I'm not taking any chances!!