military time - page 2

my husband frequently gets annoyed with me. He looks over to see what time my watch has and say "This damn military time is a crock!" Why can't we tell time like normal people he wants to know? ... Read More

  1. by   kool-aide, RN
    Nursing time is not like normal time. We don't have NEARLY enough nursing time!
  2. by   Hygiene Queen
    My boyfriend was in law enforcement so he has always used military time too.
    We both are just so used to it that we use military time when we text and I find that amusing in a weird way.

    And while I must restrain myself from using military time and a lot of nursing abbreviations when I text or write emails to those outside healthcare, I do love to use them excessively with my ex-husband because he has no frickin' clue what it all means and it annoys the crap out of him.
  3. by   whichone'spink
    I live in a military town so I think more people are used to the 24 hour clock.
  4. by   skylark
    Quote from Jrob32
    In nursing school I had to answer a question in military time and I put 2040 hrs. I have always done it like this. The instructor marked it incorrect and said I should have left off hrs. Is this true for medical professionals?

    This seems to vary according to where in the world you are.
    Some places want you to just write 2040, and others want 20:40.
    Then there is 2040hrs, as you said, which I believe is standard in the military, and then again 20h40 is not wrong either, its widely used across Europe.(the h meaning hours)
    I would only say its wrong if someone wrote 8.40pm.

    Take you pick and tell your instructor they need to get out more . . ..
  5. by   SoldierNurse22
    It confuses the crap out of me when people use non-military time. I was looking up the time for a concert the other day and the listing said it was from 700-1000. I honestly paused, thought to myself, "who wants to go to a concert at 0700? That's a little early for a--Ohhhhhhhh..."
    PS...The correct form for military time is the hour and minutes, no colon, no "hrs"--just whatever time it is (ex: 0014, 2040, etc).
    Trust me. I'm always on military time. :-)

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