Top 47 slang terms nurses use
Courtesy of our Scrubs magazine readers and SlangRN.com, we present the newly-updated slang terms nurses use. Scroll to the bottom to submit your favorites!
Definition: Pain in the as$
Usage: The patient’s whiny girlfriend is such a PITA!
Contributed by Scrubs readers Lisa, Amy Wortley, Jeanne Vacca and Mikki Loive
Definition: Broke all to sh*t.
Usage: That poor kid has a BATS fracture from falling out of a tree.
Contributed by Scrubs reader Becca
Definition: “Fluff my pillow” syndrome. A demanding patient that acts sicker than they really are.
Usage: Watch out for room 304; she’s got a real case of FMPS.
Contributed by Scrubs reader Sharon
Definition: Crazy as hell.
Usage: The patient is sweet, but I’m diagnosing his mother with CAH.
Contributed by Scrubs reader Vernika
Definition: Failure to fly. Usually used in cases of head bumps, but can be used to describe various traumas.
Usage: She broke her leg jumping off the roof–I’m diagnosing it as a FTF.
Contributed by Scrubs reader NurseDaisy
Definition: A patient so complex or high maintenance that they have to be rotated to a different nurse each day to prevent staff burnout.
Usage: She uses the call button so often that she’s going to be a rotater!
Contributed by Scrubs reader Rebecca
7. Dr. Too Long
Definition: A nurse’s message for a physician who is tied up with a very long-winded patient and can’t escape.
Usage: Excuse me, Doctor? Dr. Too Long needs to speak with you immediately!
Contributed by Scrubs reader Jan D
8. Jack in the Box
Definition: A patient who can’t stand or walk yet insists on trying.
Contributed by scrubsmag.com Facebook fan, Susan Broadway
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