Top 40 Slang Terms Nurses Use
October 13, 2010
Definition: Acronym for ‘Too Many Birthday.’
— contributed by scrubsmag.com Facebook fan, Amanda Belcher Klumpp
8. Jack in the Box
Definition: A patient who can’t stand or walk yet insists on trying.
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Definition: An acronym used in the ER which stands for ‘Fall Down Go Boom.’
— contributed by scrubsmag.com Facebook fan, Tiffany Pizzimenti
Definition: A shortened version of ‘Follow Up.’
Fun (and cautionary) fact: The contributor of this term actually got in trouble by the state surveyor for using it in his charting!
— contributed by scrubsmag.com Facebook fan, John Allen Hough
Definition: A patient who is a tanning booth victim.
— contributed by scrubsmag.com Facebook fan, Ruth Metzger
Definition: A patient with multiple health problems and multiple diagnoses that has no business on a med-surg floor but doesn’t “qualify” for ICU until they code in the middle of the night.
— contributed by scrubsmag.com reader, Tabatha
13. The Whine Line
Definition: A term used among prison nurses referring to inmates who suddenly need to see medical because it’s raining and they don’t want to go to work. In the hospital they are the uninsured that show up in the ER at 0200 with sniffles, etc.
Usage: It’s cold and rainy out there. Gonna have a whine line this morning.
— contributed by scrubsmag.com reader, Linda