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Never say "QUIET"

Hi all,

I was reading "The Real Deal", by the E.R. nurse Roxy Martin (nice book, btw) and she said there is an unspoken rule at the E.R.s all accross that, if anyone says the word "quiet (as in, "oh, look how quiet it is tonight"), you're bound to bring a curse into the shift and that everything will suddenly turn hectic and crazy. She gives several examples in the book.

Is it really true? Any expriences anyone wish to share on the topic?

*p-e*

gauge14iv

Specializes in ICU, ER, HH, NICU, now FNP.

We referred to it as "The Q Word" and the person who said it was banished the next shift to working the ER GYN area...because yes it absolutely is true.

The same goes for ordering food. The minute dinner arrives, not one, not 2 but three full arrests and an MVA are guaranteed to roll in.

And don't even get me started on the full moon...

Actually, this is not true - at least in my experience.

I dislike old wive's tales or superstitions - it is ok to play around but not to take them seriously.

I say the "Q-word" every single day I work. Most of the time it doesn't get busy or crazy or anything.

I also walk under ladders, break mirrors on a regular basis, open umbrellas in the house for my 4 year old to play with and run over black cats that cross in front of my car. (jk on most of those;)

I think this is one of the fun folklore things we do . ... but not based in reality.

steph

Dorito, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, , Home health, Education.

I've found it to be a jinx- not just in ER but anywhere. Anyone notice what happens during full moons?

I've found it to be a jinx- not just in ER but anywhere. Anyone notice what happens during full moons?

What happens in full moons?

*p-e*

Yeah I notice what happens during full moons. Mythbusters was riding with one of our ambulance companies last fall during a full moon. We had triple the usual number of psych patients coming in that night.

As far as "quiet" it probably only seems it gets worse when you use the word. Or it gets extremely busy after someone says it, but you get waves like that whether you say it or not. It's fun to tease people about it though.

Yeah I notice what happens during full moons. Mythbusters was riding with one of our ambulance companies last fall during a full moon. We had triple the usual number of psych patients coming in that night.

As far as "quiet" it probably only seems it gets worse when you use the word. Or it gets extremely busy after someone says it, but you get waves like that whether you say it or not. It's fun to tease people about it though.

Right - do people really think that if a person hadn't said "quiet" then that guy wouldn't have run that STOP sign and hit the kid on the bike?

steph

Right - do people really think that if a person hadn't said "quiet" then that guy wouldn't have run that STOP sign and hit the kid on the bike?

steph

I think you just notice the rush more often when someone says it. Because I've worked when we were slammed and nobody was saying the word because we were already busy and just got buried.

There was a resident I loved to tease though because he came into the ER, said it was quiet, and 15 minutes later we were hit with hte 10:30 rush. Of course it was like that everyday at 10:30, but I made him buy me a cup of tea anyway, told him it was his fault.

meownsmile, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho.

I agree, ive seen it. Same goes for remaking an open bed, saying outloud it should be a good day. Dont mention your most frequent flyer by name or they will show up for sure.

jillyk*rn

Specializes in Peds - playing with the kids.

I agree, ive seen it. Same goes for remaking an open bed, saying outloud it should be a good day. Dont mention your most frequent flyer by name or they will show up for sure.

I agree with MEOW...I hate full moons (everyone I work with too), we don't say the "Q" word, and never, ever mention frequent fliers.

We not only avoid the Q word but the S word also. Someone verbalizing that it is SLOW usually starts the traumas coming !!!!!

ICRN2008, BSN, RN

Specializes in Infection Preventionist/ Occ Health.

Ha I love this thread! I never used to believe in superstitions, but whenever I say that I hope it's slow so I can study, we get slammed in the lab. It ALWAYS happens the night before an exam, go figure. I have gotten into the habit of knocking on something made of wood if I really need to open my mouth.

Hi all,

I was reading "The Real Deal", by the E.R. nurse Roxy Martin (nice book, btw) and she said there is an unspoken rule at the E.R.s all accross that, if anyone says the word "quiet (as in, "oh, look how quiet it is tonight"), you're bound to bring a curse into the shift and that everything will suddenly turn hectic and crazy. She gives several examples in the book.

Is it really true? Any expriences anyone wish to share on the topic?

*p-e*

It happened often when I worked med/surg. Some person who didn't even work on our floor (lab or somebody) would mention how quiet it was, then all hell would break loose. Meanwhile, the person who let loose the curse was in the elevator going back to the actual quiet lab.

I also used to hate when getting report about a patient, the nurse giving it would say, "he/she should be fine for you tonight." That one was like the curse of death.

Beary-nice

Specializes in Almost everywhere.

i agree, ive seen it. same goes for remaking an open bed, saying outloud it should be a good day. dont mention your most frequent flyer by name or they will show up for sure.

the open bed thing....yes! :devil:

the full moon thing...yes! :devil:

frequent-flyer....yes...not even their initials! :devil: :devil:

the "it should be a good shift for you guys"....not good! :devil: :devil: :devil:

and where i'm from...a good storm seems to make the poo-poo hit the fan!total jinx-a-rama!!! :uhoh3: i agree!!! :eek:

beary

ps: definately not the q word!!!

We had been having some construction on our floor and daily we were treated to the sounds of hammers banging along with some other heavy construction. One day, I came up to the desk, and without thinking about other repercussions, I just said, "It's quiet down here." The clerk looked at me and said, "Don't say that word!!" I then backpedalled and said, "Well, it's quiet in that there's no construction going on... it's quiet in that there isn't a brass band coming through triage! I swear, that's all I meant!!!"

It was kind of funny.

mhull

Specializes in ER (My favorite), NICU, Hospice.

Also if the off going shift says "We had a good day" you know you are doomed. I hate to here that.

andhow5, BSN, RN

Specializes in ED-CEN/PACU/Flight.

Our ED avoids the words Quiet and Slow.

Our full moon nights are particularly heinous - these last 2 nights I have gotten my rear spanked like a bad puppy!

And I do agree with the "kiss of death" - I hate hearing, "It's been a great day!" That's when EVERY frequent flyer has a friggin' reunion in the lobby and you hear all the ambulance reports being called in on Ihern and can identify the patient by the complaint...

:lol2:

Victoriakem

Specializes in 6 years of ER fun, med/surg, blah, blah.

I worked with a Med/Surg nurse several years ago & when she worked in an Indianapolis hospital, she was told NEVER to pull back the bed covers to prepare for a patient coming up to the floor, because everytime that happened a code was called somewhere in the hospital. She thought that was bull, & proceded to get the bed ready for her upcoming patient, & sure enough, "code blue" was heard overhead. Wierd! But she swore by her story.:eek:

Victoriakem

Specializes in 6 years of ER fun, med/surg, blah, blah.

Our ED avoids the words Quiet and Slow.

Our full moon nights are particularly heinous - these last 2 nights I have gotten my rear spanked like a bad puppy!

And I do agree with the "kiss of death" - I hate hearing, "It's been a great day!" That's when EVERY frequent flyer has a friggin' reunion in the lobby and you hear all the ambulance reports being called in on Ihern and can identify the patient by the complaint...

It's like envoking the devil's name to say, "Gee, whatever happened to So & So" & next thing you know, there they are in Triage, signing in for c/o Pancreatits, after a bout of drinking, again & again

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