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Top 40 Slang Terms Nurses Use

Top 40 Slang Terms Nurses Use

Scrubs Magazine

October 13, 2010

14. Malibu Barbie School of Medicine

Definition: Where the resident doctors who wear six inch heels, short skirts, and acrylic nail tips attended medical school.

— contributed by scrubsmag.com reader, Kelli Waller

15. Lantern Test

Definition: To shine a pen light in a patient’s mouth and see their eyes light up (i.e. they have no brain).

Usage: She thought Smucker’s could be used as contraceptive jelly. I think she’d fail the lantern test.

16. Young Invincibles

Definition: A term used by the healthcare industry along with the government to describe the growing population of uninsured twenty-somethings. This group is considered to be among the healthiest. There are many reasons why these young adults lack insurance: They’re no longer on their parents’ plan, they have jobs that don’t offer employer-based coverage, etc. Of the ones who do have insurance, many will decline either because of financial reasons or simply a feeling of being “invincible,” so it’s not a priority. This growing population of uninsured young adults is a concern of the United States Senate Committee on Finance and measures are being undertaken to address this problem.

Usage: Every year, more and more of our new employees are refusing our health insurance. These young invincibles will have to learn the hard way!

Synonyms: invincibles

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17. Nintendo Thumb

Definition: A video game-related health problem classified as a form of repetitive strain injury (RSI). The symptoms are the blistering, paraesthesia and swelling of the thumbs, mainly through use of the directional pad, though any finger can be affected. This can lead to stress on tendons, nerves and ligaments in the hands, and further onto lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”), tendinitis, bursitis and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Usage: Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A. Ow! I think I have Nintendo thumb.

Synonyms: gamer’s grip, Nintenditis, PlayStation thumb

18. Another One Bites the Dust

Definition: A 1980s funk-rock song by Queen with a tempo that approximates the proper interval between CPR chest compressions when hummed in your head.

Usage: Jane: Am I performing the chest compressions too quickly?" Tammy: “Ever heard the 1980s smash hit ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ by Queen? Just hum that tune, do your compressions in step with the song’s tempo and you’ll be fine.”

Synonyms: staying alive

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    nursepatti2010

    almost 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

    almost 4 years ago

    7468 comments

    Review

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

    7468 comments

    Made me to smile

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

    7468 comments

    Good one!

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

    7468 comments

    Good to learn

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

    7468 comments

    Thats' nice

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

    7468 comments

    Funny

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    firelyte42

    almost 4 years ago

    16 comments

    these always make me smile

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    NIATHENURSE

    almost 4 years ago

    30 comments

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

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    gemini52981

    almost 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

    almost 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

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    World is way too serious.
    Lighten up and smile.

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    sandspaws

    almost 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

    almost 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

    almost 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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