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Top 40 Slang Terms Nurses Use

Top 40 Slang Terms Nurses Use

Scrubs Magazine

October 13, 2010

37. Medical Futility

Definition: Either a judgment that further medical treatment of a patient would have no useful result or a medical treatment whose success is possible although reasoning and experience suggest that it’s highly improbable.

Usage: What do I think? Medical futility.

38. The patient is high risk

Definition: The patient has HIV, Aids, or Hepatitis so be aware.

Usage: Be sure to wear eye protection, the patient is high risk.

Created by hollywood on slangrn.com, Apr 06, 2010

39. Questionable Doctor

Definition: A physician who has been sanctioned for serious state and federal offenses and placed on a list by the Public Citizen’s Health Research Group.

Usage: Umm, he’s a questionable doctor. He’s been sanctioned for handing out painkillers like Tic Tacs.

Synonyms: impaired physician

40. NPS

Definition: New parent syndrome. A propensity to bring your child to the hospital for every trivial thing. Used in charting.

Usage: Baby had hiccups, sent home. NPS.

Synonyms: parenthood

More humorous slang terms can be found at slangrn.com.

Thank you to all the nurses who have contributed to this article!

What are the slang terms you hear in your specialty? Share them below.

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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

    7482 comments

    Review

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

    7482 comments

    Made me to smile

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

    7482 comments

    Good one!

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

    7482 comments

    Good to learn

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

    7482 comments

    Thats' nice

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    neerukp

    almost 4 years ago

    7482 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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