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Top 40 Slang Terms Nurses Use

Top 40 Slang Terms Nurses Use

Scrubs Magazine

October 13, 2010

If you’ve ever treated a “frequent flyer” patient with a case of “Nintendo thumb” or “Avatar blues,” you may be familiar with this list of 40 humorous nursing lingo terms.

Courtesy of our Scrubs Magazine readers and SlangRN.com we present these slang terms nurses use and wonder, what are some more? Scroll to the bottom to submit your favorites!

1. Frequent Flyer

Definition: One who visits healthcare providers, emergency departments, etc. for every little health problem, often drug seeking or wanting work excuses.

— contributed by scrubsmag.com reader, Kelly

2. Boyfriend

Definition: The cute little old men who are a joy to take care of.

— contributed by scrubsmag.com reader, Grace

3. BONITA

Definition: An acronym used in the ER which stands for ‘Big ‘Ol Needle in the A$$.’

Usage: I’m about to give this patient a bonita.

— contributed by scrubsmag.com Facebook fan, Tiffany Pizzimenti

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RN: Acronym for Refuses/Resists Nonsense.

4. DFO

Defintion: Acronym for ‘Done Fell Out.’

— contributed by scrubsmag.com Facebook fan, Nanci Leigh Nix

5. MD

Definition: Acronym for Makes Decisions.

Usage: Do you see MD after my name? That means Makes Decisions.

— contributed by scrubsmag.com Facebook fan, Maranda Thompson

6. RN

Definition: Acronym for Refuses/Resists Nonsense.

Usage: Do you see RN after my name? It stands for Resists/Refuses Nonsense!

— contributed by scrubsmag.com Facebook fan, Maranda Thompson

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    nursepatti2010

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Some I haven't heard and some I have used...often. For those who think they are *offensive*...don't use them. For those that do...keep doing it. Those little things allow you to cope with the harsh realities of healthcare ... especially over the last 10 years...and keep doing what it is you do...WITHOUT becoming a cranky, old Nurse Ratchet. I've worked pediatrics for years...and if you don't think nurses... especially pediatric nurses...need some kind of valve release in the work place when we, as nurses, deal with SO much on a daily basis... well...you all must be saints then. Every profession has them. I'd love to hear the ones lawyers have...

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7496 comments

    Review

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7496 comments

    Made me to smile

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7496 comments

    Good one!

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7496 comments

    Good to learn

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7496 comments

    Thats' nice

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    neerukp

    about 4 years ago

    7496 comments

    Funny

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    firelyte42

    about 4 years ago

    16 comments

    these always make me smile

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    NIATHENURSE

    about 4 years ago

    30 comments

    SERIOUSLY? O WOW I NEVER KNEW THERE WAS SUCH A THING!

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    gemini52981

    about 4 years ago

    8 comments

    I have to admit, just about all of these seem to be un-professional and a bit vulgar. Obviously these didn't come from a college or buisness that I would want to be schooled or treated in...sry...truth hurts...

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    kgarrison

    about 4 years ago

    20 comments

    A few others I've heard -

    Shart - Combination of S**t and a Fart. Usage: "Did the resident have a bowel movement?" "Not really, he just sharted."

    FLK - Funny Looking Kid. Often comes from FLPs. (Funny Looking Parents). Usage: "Does he have a disability? No, he's just a FLK."

    Skin Funk - any combination of skin conditions. Usage: "make sure to wear your gloves when tranferring the patient. She's got some skin funk going on."

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    ScotS

    about 4 years ago

    4 comments

    World is way too serious.
    Lighten up and smile.

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    sandspaws

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    I have never heard any nurse use half this so called RN "slang" in 20 years...if I ever did I would think their days of having a humanitarian heart are over and so should their career...and working in the ICU and ER is no excuse for bad manners...your idea of having a sense of humor is just plain having a BAD ATTITUDE...believe me no sick or injured person needs a "burnt out" nurse in charge of them, you better rethink you career Tricia!

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    desertgypsy

    about 4 years ago

    2 comments

    One saying that is popular in the south - FTD. Fixin' to die. Also DRT - died right there.

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    triciapatterson58

    about 4 years ago

    10 comments

    Oh, lighten up a little! It's gallows humor, nothing more. I've worked ICU; you have to have some humor to survive. As long as a patient doesn't hear it, I think it's okay to let off steam.

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