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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 47 humorous nursing lingo terms.

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!

1. PITA

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

2. BATS

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

3. FMPS

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

4. CAH

Definition: Crazy as hell.

Usage: The patient is sweet, but I’m diagnosing his mother with CAH.

Contributed by Scrubs reader Vernika

5. FTF

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

6. Rotater

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

9. FDGB

Definition: An acronym used in the ER which stands for ‘Fall Down Go Boom.’

Contributed by scrubsmag.com Facebook fan, Tiffany Pizzimenti

10. F/U

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

Slang terms 11-20 include the “Crispies” and the “Whine Line…”

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169 Responses to Top 47 slang terms nurses use

  1. Jennifer W

    “circling the drain”

  2. I’ve also heard about the 3 o’clock break — when the kid comes home, has a snack, climbs a tree, falls out of the tree and breaks his/her arm. And the Sunday Bagel, where the person decides to slice the bagel while holding it and slices their palm as an extra morning treat.

    Loved this article. Thanks!

    Stav

  3. Kelly

    “frequent flyer”–one who visits healthcare providers, emergency departments, etc. for every little health problem, often drug seeking or wanting work excuses

    • ladyrn59

      This also refers to the little old ladies (usually), who show up like clockwork every 3-4 weeks for a few days R&R, usually knowing exactly what to say to be admitted, like “I’m having a little chest pain and dizziness”. They come with their fancy nighties, know just how long they’ll stay, and ask for food, the call light, the remote, and the phone before their admission is started on the floor.

  4. Grace

    Boyfriend- the cute little old men who are a joy to take care of

  5. Tabatha

    trainwreck- pt with multiple heath problems and multiple diagnosises that has no buisness on a med-surg floor but doesn’t “qualify” for ICU….. that is until they code in the middle of the night. It’s my favorite word/label, we’re usually pretty close to right when we label them too…… darn doctors….

  6. Linda

    We have the “whine line”. In prison it’s the inmates suddenly needing to see medical because it’s raining and they don’t want to have to go to work. In the hospital it’s the uninsured that show up in the ER at 0200 with sniffles, etc.

    “It’s cold and rainy out there. Gonna have a whine line this morning”

  7. AFN was once a popular term used on the Emergency Department whiteboard to protect the privacy of psychiatric patients at a facility I worked at, until the patients realized what it stood for.=D

  8. ERNURSE

    I heard a psych nurse use a new one the other day–drunkacidal. They come to the ER drunk with suicidal ideation, but as they sober up they deny any suicidal/homicidal thoughts or attempts.

  9. FUBAR – we used to refer to critically critical trauma victims as FUBAR to indicate the hopelessness of the case but we were trying anyway.

    MALIBU BARBIE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE- where the resident doctors who wore 6 inch heels, short skirts, and acrylic nail tips attended medical school (the higher the heel, the more help they needed making decisions about what tests to order for the patient… yipes… I know, it sounds kind of sexist, but it was a real term…)

  10. Lisa

    PITA-Pain In The Ass (can be patient or family)

    “Patient is great but the family is a real PITA”

  11. NONE of the terms submited are accually ‘slang terms for nurses’. none of the terms mean “nurses”. They are more of ‘slang terms and abreviations that nurses use’ and or ‘slang terms and abreviations that are used by nurses’.
    I was realy looking forward to reading some diferant terms and workds and can be used in place of the word “nurse”.
    This needs to be fixed ASAP or much sooner, please. ok????

    • Miriam Bookey

      Hi…we agree, and have changed the title to slang terms “nurses use.”

      All best,
      Miriam
      Scrubs Mag

  12. Sharon

    Here are a few slangs that are used in the ER where I work…
    CCFCP-Coo Coo For Cocoa Puffs (as in that pt is crazy, wierd, eccentric, etc).
    WADAO-Weak and DizzyAll Over (pronounced wahdayo)
    FMPS-Fluff my Pillow syndrome (used for a pt that is super demanding and acts sicker than they really are)
    Chandelier Sign- (when a pt hits the roof with palpation of a specific area) That pt exhibited a positive chandelier sign when I palpated her abdomen.

  13. DJSWTHRT

    Code brown – when an incontinent patient has a mishap. Most of the time a c-diff pt.

    We have a code brown in room 180.

  14. IrishNurse

    LOL,FOF – Little old lady found on floor.
    LOL,DFO- Little old lady, done fell out.
    Acute FOS syndrome – Acute full of sh%t syndrome.
    Vitamin X- Xanax (see above disorder)
    Chronic Alphabetitis – A patient who has Hep B, Hep C, HIV and most likely an STD. AKA – Double glove!

  15. Vernika

    CAH- Crazy As He77
    (family or patient)

    The patient is sweet, but Im diagnosing her mother with CAH

  16. C.B.

    FLK- funny looking kid.

    Man that’s a FLK but he’s kinda cute

  17. NurseDaisy

    AJU= All Jacked Up (multiple issues)

    FTF= Failure to Fly (usually head-bonks, but can be used throughout traumas)

    FLK with GLM/GLD= Funny Lookin’ Kid with Good lookin’ Mom/Dad…probably a syndrome
    -likewise–FLK with FLM/FLK= Funny Lookin’ Kid with Funny Lookin’ Mom/Dad…probably just genetics

    Capital A circled…can mean either ‘anxious’ or ‘a**hole’, depending on the situation…one step above PITA.

    I’m sure I’ll think of more later….

    • anna34r8

      I need to use circled A. Love that. Anxious and an a**. Common where i work

  18. The “Q” sign–Dead. (Picture a round cartoon face with the X-ed eyes and the tongue hanging out )

  19. Repeat Offender–same as Frequent Flyer

  20. Barbara

    the “O” sign, not quite dead yet. Will soon become the “Q” sign

  21. Caleb

    GOMER- get out of my ER.

    F&N- Freakin nuts, usally a different first word.

  22. katy

    I prefer “tanorexic” for those with too much tanning booth usage :)

  23. Terri

    FTD-Fixing to Die

  24. Amanda

    “Celestial Discharge”-patient has passed.
    bad but cute!
    CTD-Circlin’ the drain. (Getting ready to die)
    BSC- Bat s**t crazy

    • anna34r8

      Hang on ive got Bsc after my name. At graduation they said it meant batchlor of science. Mind you after a 12 hour shift..

  25. becca

    B.A.T.S. fracture
    broke all to sh*t

  26. Stacey James

    DND: damn near dead

    In the Med/Surg ICU I work in alot of our patients are DND when they hit the doors.

  27. CMH

    Drunk Tank – the hallway beds in the ER where we keep our frequent flyer, homeless, ETOH abusers that have soiled their clothing with emesis, urine, stool or all of the above.

  28. CCURN

    Vitamin H–Haldol

  29. nursetmm

    code brown- major BM either all over the bed or floor

  30. nursetmm

    coo coo for coco puffs- crazy patient who needs a psych consult big time

    alphabet soup- patient with extensive history that consists of acronyms: HTN, CABG, CAD, PVD, PAD, MI, DM…

  31. JOyce

    DRT – Dead Right There
    DQ – Drama Queen

    • tgomez

      What about DNR ? In our unit it means DO NOT RETURN

  32. Texasnurse

    TOBP- I get this alot working in OB. repeat visits requesting to have their baby now

    Tired Of Being Pregnant

  33. Diana

    How about Code Brown= poopy pants or FOS=full of shit–literally needing some MOM stat!! LOL

  34. lorrie

    HAM: Cocktail of Haldol, Atvan and Morphine used for end of life patients who are in pain and very restless.

    usage: Room 212 has been hammed up this evening.

    Toe Juice: Clortrimazole liquid used on toenails to keep fungus at bay.

    Usage: Room 200 has had his toe juice put on this morning.

  35. B. Reed

    TSTL-Too Stupid to Live.

    All that patient needs is a little pillow therapy-smothering with a pillow

  36. acey

    Vitamin A shot – ativan shot for agitation.

  37. KK

    TOP – Tired of Pregnancy

    DAR – Dumb as Rocks (or it’s sister: RAS – Rocks Are Smarter)

    Gorked – new baby that comes out blue, stunned, and not breathing

    Princess – pt who wants (and expects) to be waited on hand and foot and likes everything on a silver platter

    OTD – out the door – also known as: about to be discharged

    • cirql8

      GORKED- God only really knows. As in no one can figure out what all is wrong.

  38. Meg

    TSTL= Too stupid to live.
    Samsonite Syndrome-patient arrives in ER(usually by ambulance) with fully packed suitcase expecting admission

  39. Nichoel

    walkie talkie- Nursing home patients that can walk and talk. Enfamil- new nurses. Psych Cocktail- benadryl, haldol, and ativan shot.

  40. Mickey

    little-old-lady(man) itis – elderly person with multiple minor complaints or requests to keep you at their bedside

    LT- loony toons

    balance challenged- someone fell

    fobs- fell off bar stool

    ICI (icky)- intelligence challenged idiot- did something incredibly stupid to get hurt (lighting bottle rockets placed in their rectum, for instance- wish that was a lie! LOL)

    4H- Homeless, Helpless, Hapless, Halitosis!

  41. Amy Wortley

    PITA – the patient or family member that is a Pain In The Ass.

  42. Valerie Bailey

    FOS-constipated patient.

  43. ali

    coffee grounds:
    the appearance of vomit following bleeding in the upper GI tract.

  44. CWMC- child well, mother crazy

    Floppin Fish- combative drunk

    Dying Swan- needs to make sure everyone who can hear knows how deathly ill (they think) they are.

    • Cdywilcox

      We use DDS for this one. Means Dying Duck Syndrome.

  45. brenda

    all to cute and real.

  46. Mikki Loive

    PIta =Pain in the ___

  47. rebecca

    HM- high maintainence
    DHM- Double High Maintainence
    As you explain to the new grad nurse ” This is oncology all the patiets are HM but the lady in 510 is DHM.”
    Or to fellow nurse ” I have a DHM in 510, she’s all yours tomorrow.

    Rotater
    A patient so complex or DHM that they have to be rotated each day to a different nurse to prevent burnout of the staff.

  48. Jean

    LOL in NAD. Little old lady in no apparent distress. You don’t hear that one much any more…

  49. Jan D

    “Dr Too Long” needs to speak with you……. nurse message for the physician who is tied up with a very very long winded pt and cannot escape.

  50. jas

    And my newest term: dilaudid deficiency. This one is self explanatory?

  51. Sophia Wormwood

    Bergler…Pt has asberger symptoms…
    Used in a sentence: I know that kid has autism but his father has bergler written all over him…

  52. jennie

    Rearranging deck chairs on the titanic
    aka medical futility or treating toenail fungus of a 99 yo pt w/ MODS, ARDS, etc.

  53. JAC RN

    When a laboring pt. is headed for a c-section we call it “circling the runway”, or their headed for “Vaginal Bypass Surgery” or VBS. When a pt. shows up with questionable ruptured membranes and their pants are soaked we call it “positive pants sign”. Just some OB humor. We also use FLK, as mentioned by someone else, to categorize some new babies that are “Funny Looking Kids”. (mean I know- everyone thinks their kids the cutest.)

    • Michelle RN

      Positive Wheelchair Sign (PWS) when a pt arrives in OB and can’t sit straight in the wheelchair….time to RUN to the labor room because she’s FTHAB or “Fixin’ to have a baby”

      • Michelle RN

        TFTF meaning “Too Fat to Fit” a term we use in our OB department to describe a baby that is macrosomic and fails to descend. Means that mom is “headed for a zipper” AKA c/section!

        synonym = CPD (cephalopelvic disproportion)

  54. Russ

    finger painting: when a pt. with dementia discovers what’s in their diaper and plays with it for awhile until they’re discovered by an unsuspecting aide or nurse.

  55. Dianna

    Scooby Doo for stool collection.
    DNR (Do not return) Agency nurses that you don’t want back in your unit/hospital.

  56. Carrie

    Bush Gardens: The designated gyno rooms in the ER. Also known as the Fish Market.

    Whack-a-do: Term for a crazy patient who is not being seen for psych issues.

    FOS: Full of Sh*t/Stool

  57. Kathie Daley

    Positive or negative tooth to tattoo sign=patient or family member who actually still has more teeth in their mouth than tattoos on their body.

    Ex. the patient isn’t too bad but most of her family has negative tooth to tattoo sign.

  58. Kathie Daley

    re: tooth to tattoo sign….in the area where I live people with negaitve tooth to tattoo signs act ignorant,abrasive and entitled.

  59. Sherry

    POF order. (Pillow over face)

    That patient’s out in left field without a glove!

  60. We use the official ICD9 code for ‘anal pain’ 569.32

  61. Jennifer Williamson

    “Special” or “Precious”
    The patient of family member that thinks they are the only patient that you have.

  62. Mary Burkitt

    car fax report–used by our ED docs to request a pt’s narcotic list-as in where have they been and how many Lortabs did they get filled so we don’t have to supply them with any today. Oh and of course it is never the correct info cause “that ain’t me on that report!”

  63. Elizabeth Irvin

    TBF…total body failure

  64. Natalie

    Chest compressions to the song “Stayin Alive” by the BeeGees.

    • DeAnne Caption Contest

      Also the same beat to “another one bites the dust”

  65. Druann

    How did “Citizen” not make the list?

  66. Druan

    Some of my patient’s need TLC. Thorazine, Lorazepam and Compazine!

  67. Barbara

    “5&2″… Code for “Haldol and Ativan IM”

    • Meike

      We call it a B52 –> Benadryl 50, Haldol 5, and Ativan 2.

  68. Barbara

    “road test” ambulate the patient before we discharge them home.

  69. Jeanne Vacca

    how about PITA-short for Pain in the ass?My head nurse almost wrote this next to a patient’s name!Fortunately i was there to stop her and tell her what it meant!

  70. Desertrn

    “Spoda” We use this term casually in the ER, as in:
    Pt was seen here yesterday, returned today cuz they were “spoda” get the Rx filled, but did not.
    Pt who “spoda” stop smoking but in ER again for COPD exacerbation.
    Pt “spoda” have Tylenol at home for their baby with temp of 103, but did not want to buy it.
    Most of our “spoda” pts are regulars.

  71. Denise 'da Nurse

    #1…A positive “Benton’s Sign”…when pt. rolls into ER pale, decreased responsiveness, low b/p, and knees are mottled: all criteria for septicemia/shock diagnosis. #2…”JPC”…acronym for pt. with issues/ need for psychiatric care, and a STAT order for a “B52″ ( JPC : Just Plain Crazy, B52: Benedryl, Haldol 5mg, and Ativan 2mg IM, given with an 18 gauge, while 72 year old security officer has ‘em in a head-lock )

    • traumabrat RN

      Gotta remember B52. That is hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  72. Su RN

    BOBS: Big Ol’ Baby Syndrome. Diagnosis for the patient who complains that they have multiple symptoms/needs but there is not much wrong with them

    “The patient says he is nauseous AND wants a second dinner tray – he’s got BOBS.”

    LOLS: Little Old Lady Syndrome. Similar to BOBS but with the little old lady who wants to be waited on somewhere more exciting than home.

    Broadway: The way the hall looks when every patient is hitting their call light incessently. Alternate term: Christmas

    “The place looks like Christmas out there! Where are the CNAs?”

    • kenryjax

      I don’t know, where are the CNAs? Probably doing what you think you’re too good to do. Get off your phone/ass and answer your own damn call lights!

  73. colzanurse

    BUFA baby: baby up for adoption

    The “H” word: Hospice

  74. Roo

    FOSS= Full of Sh!t Syndrome-those that feign every pain they can in hopes of a script for pain meds…usually specifically asking for “them Loratabs”. These are typically frequent flyers as well.

    “We have three FOSS’s on the schedule before lunch”

  75. traumabrat RN

    I didn’t see…
    CCFCCP – coo-coo for cocoa puffs (crazy patient)

    CTD – circling the drain

    MTF – metabolize to freedom (may be discharged when alcohol has been adequately metabolized)

    or

    WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (Military alphabet – think about it)

  76. traumabrat RN

    Cranial-Rectal Inversion (head up their arse)

    We have one ER doc who is always saying, “Stupid should be painful.”

    Veterinary medicine…..testing for everything because the patient is too drunk, stupid, high, combative or all of the above to tell you what’s wrong.

    Vitamin A deficiency – needs more ativan

    Like ol’ Ron White says, “You can’t fix stupid.” And that means nurses will always have job security!

    • NurseDaisy RN

      CRCI= Chronic Rectal Cranial Inversion…one of my faves!

  77. JennRN RN

    We call some of our patients walkie talkies,…. meaning they are totally independent and dont need assistance for much.

    • Shannon RN

      We have 6 floors on our hospital and when a patient passes we say Transfered to the 7th floor

  78. jonoe RN

    I don’t use about 3/4 of the official list, more of the reply list. But here’s a few.

    ECU= Eternal Care Unit (ie: That patient has is going/has gone to the ECU.)

    Laying of Hands= Used for an elderly patient who is ready to die but the family is in denial and wants everything done. (ie: That patient needs a laying of hands)

    Bounceback= A patient that bounces back from medical floor to ICU or nursing home to ICU frequently.

    The Clicker= The quad patient (that became that way by suicide attempt usually) that clicks his tongue literally every 2 minutes for something.

  79. rakhel

    CAN: umbilical Cord Around fetus’ Neck
    Bili Baby: baby under phototherapy for increased bilirubin
    PUPPPs rash: Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (pregnancy rash)
    IOL for mat anx: Induction Of Labor for maternal anxiety
    BUFA: Baby Up For Adoption
    NWS: Neonatal Withdrawal Syndrome

  80. rakhel

    smoking breast: breastfed baby of mother who smokes

  81. owgirls

    “circling the drain” Hospice Pt. with systems shutting down, about to die….”I need comfort kit now, pt. is circling the drain.”

  82. owgirls

    “time bomb” home pt. smoking while on oxygen per nasal canula

  83. skoenlaper

    POF — I had a doctor once who would write this in his orders for difficult patients. (Pillow over Face)

    • skoenlaper

      “Failure to die” regarding a pt that was put on Hospice because they were dying but they are still alive 6 months or more later.

  84. karma3904

    My fav. AMYOYO = Alright Mf, you’re on your own, as in I have done everything I can and you still insist on ignoring me. Ignoring MD orders. Heard a doc use this as he stormed out of a pt room.

  85. Stephanie D RN

    “Hospitalitis”–the condition in which someone has been a patient long enough to have apparently lost all ability to do for themselves. Similar to “FMPS”: Fluff My Pillow Syndrome already mentioned.

    “The patient in 364 kept me in there forever, moving her pitcher around on her bedside table, pulling her blanket up from her knees to her waist and back down to her knees again, placing her phone at just the right angle to pick it up easily. Time for discharge. She obviously has been stricken with hospitalitis.”

  86. drummerrn

    summer teeth– meaning some are here, some are there.

  87. rosebogdon

    CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

  88. lisamarie25

    “hypolorazepamia” – pt wants ativan

  89. Sarah L

    “Positive Teddy Bear Sign”

    On the Psych Unit, we use this to describe individuals with Borderline Personality D/O.

  90. queenie RN

    DILLIGAF : Do I look like I give a f**k?

  91. momtofive

    CYA=Cover Your Ass!

    • Camoflahj

      Yes! Learned this type of charting in nsg school. Served me well over the years!

  92. magnoliarn

    FUF: effed up family

  93. audreysherwen

    Here are some from NZ
    PAFO- pissed (drunk) and fell over
    CARE plan- Cover Ass, Remain Employed
    Pie cart – trolley used for transportation of deceased patients

  94. marpan8iv

    “Downtown” – any woman who comes in for a pelvic exam (from Elaine’s reference on Seinfeld) “Yeah, we’ve got a downtown in 11″
    “Christmas Shopper” – anyone who comes in with pain complaints who’s had their narcotic refills mapped for excessive refills (they’re selling them on the street)

  95. coferb

    Rectal ocvulitis.Sh*tty outlook on life:)

  96. acarey726

    SARS- Sh*t Ain’t Right Syndrome

    That patient has a case of the SARS

  97. psychrn65

    Bus therapy: the pt is homeless so he cant be discharged home. The staff starts a fund to buy a bus ticket to his nearest relatives house

    BSC: bat shit crazy!

    Transferred to The Eternal Care Center: passed away while in hospice

  98. lkmckenzie

    As a recovering ER nurse I used to hear these a lot.

    FTD = Fixing to die

    DRT = Dead right there.

  99. lkmckenzie

    Positive Blue Cross Sign = A patient that undergoes an unnecessary procedure by an unethical physician because they have insurance that will pay for it.

  100. nrsjeni

    CTD-circling the drain. It sounds better to say “Nita is CTD” I use it almost everyday.

  101. shayrae

    Pod “C”- where we put the “crazy” psych pts. That pt is being admitted to pod C

    TDMA- Too Damn Many Acronyms

  102. nursedude420

    “High Five”- patient who is HIV+
    GOMER- “get out of my ER” (patients who use the ER as a regular doctor visit- usually uninsured)

    • flursefleely

      OTB or WOTB
      “Out There Bad or Way Out There Bad
      The patient in room 1 has complaints of seeing aliens….diagnosis: OTB or WOTB as the case may be………..

  103. happyinillinois

    VitaminD=dilaudid seeker

  104. ginx

    Discharged to Oklahoma- died.
    Fecal fingerpainting- self explanatory

  105. Amessmer

    Prairie dog syndrome- where a resident repeatedly stands up out of their wheelchair

    • ladyrn59

      Prairie-dogging is also what happens when you’ve been too busy to use the restroom and now you HAVE to, so you take a few steps, then stop and stand very straight until the urge passes enough to take a few more—until you can make it to the restroom. Common also among truck drivers who have to park a long way out from the building at a truck stop. LOL

  106. nrsrob03

    “BOHICA”

    Bend
    Over
    Here
    It
    Comes
    Again.

  107. kfiglioli

    hahahahaha “Jack in the box”

  108. Nurse_Dee

    CRE
    crainial rectal ectomy

    I am know for not liking Ron White Syndrome (can’t fix Stupid). I had an intern enter a room during a code and he pulled out his little pocket guide, looked me in the eyes and asked me what page we were on. Wirhout missing a beat I asked him if he had scheduled his CRE and untill he did he could not work on a code.

  109. hugnrn

    I like wifty – as in “not all there”.

    That sundowner is wifty.

  110. Meike

    Code P –> psych complaint

    FTB –> failure to breathe unassisted

    PPBBB –> place pine box by the bedside while patient circles the drain

    DC2G –> patient is discharged to (the care of) God (death)

    Squirrels –> another name for frequent fliers. Physicians are encouraged to not feed (feed the narcotic habit) the squirrels,

    3HE –> triple H enema (soap suds) — high, hot, and hell of a lot

    SOB –> shortness of breath / sober, out (of) beer

    Pillow talk –> see pillow therapy

    B52 –> Benadryl 50mg, Haldol 5mg, Ativan 2mg

    Lol –> lonely old lady/ little old lady

    REDISW –> return to ED if symptoms worsen

    GOMER –> Get (the patient) out of my ER

    NA2L –> patient makes no attempt to learn/listen

    GB 4Fs –> most common gall bladder patient: 40 (patient is about 40 years old), Fat, Fertile (has been pregnant in the past, Female

    2S2L –> too stupid to live

    We can’t fix stupid, but we can sedate it

  111. eric69

    PPP- piss poor protoplasm

  112. jleighjude

    we used to use GOK ( god only knows) for an unknown diagnosis, and NUD for nigh unto death

  113. allisok72

    Did anyone mention JAR?!! Just Ain’t Right
    I worked in a country hospital for a few years and we wanted JAR magnets to put on door frames like the DNR ones we had!

  114. ohlordadoctor

    Can’t believe no-one’s mentioned my favourite – T.F BUNDY -Totall F***ed, but unfortunately not dead yet.

  115. jlp

    We use SPAK for the weekend drunks. Status Post Ass Kicking. AFWAP, another female with abdominal pain.

  116. swimmer07

    FUBAR- F’d up beyond all recognition. Essentially a trainwreck

  117. Brain nurse

    SLS shitty life syndrome

  118. rubysue

    Didn’t see COUP syndrome (child of ugly parents) aka FLK (funny looking kid)

  119. ICURN5

    CRS
    Can’t remember shit.

    He/She has a case of CRS.

  120. anna34r8

    SOB – shortness of breath or son of a bit*h

  121. ALE4evr

    “DOR” Dead on Rounds. Pt. found dead during IV rounds.

  122. notadoc

    OLCS- old lady crotch smell
    Needs an extra pillow- there is no medical problems that can’t be solved with an extra pillow held firmly over the face
    Needs TLC – thorazene, lorazepam, clonazepam

  123. JKep

    FLK. Funny looking kid. Use in the NICU for babies that just don’t look quite right and usually end up with a genetic work up.

  124. zsuda

    I’ m a hungarian nurse in Romania’s biggest and best ER (search for SMURD) and we use many slang terms. Only one in english, my favorite: BBBH Sindrom (big bad bubu in the had).

  125. Pat Slide

    In the U.K. “PITA” is usually applied to the elderly falls risk patients and is written as “PIA”. That way when anybody asks, you can reply “Peripatetic In Absentia”, which is pig latin for “wanders when your back is turned”.

  126. NurseJess

    NQR used for those patients ago are just not quite right

  127. NurseryNurseRatched

    PWT- Poor White Trash

    Crunchy Granola- hippie moms who typically are transferred from a birthing center who do things like refuse baby’s medications, fight you on what the doctor has ordered for the baby and eat their placenta.

    Hooter hider- cloth that covers you up when breastfeeding your baby.

    • Jus10

      House In Vermont: pt has HIV
      (Pt has a house in Vermont)

      Aqueducts In Downtown Sienna: pt has AIDS
      (Pt is here to see the aqueducts in downtown Sienna)

      If the general public knew all the terms we used for/about them do you think they would call us funny or a-holes?

  128. robsanurse

    Aussie ER Slang!
    GPFO: Got Pissed (Drunk) Fell Over.
    FITH: Freaked in the head.
    T F BUNDY: Totally Freaked But Unfortunately Not Dead Yet.
    Revolving Door: See frequent flyer!
    Sickbay jockey: See Revolving door!
    WOFTAM: Waste of eFing time and money.
    Ground sheet: Old Sailors slang for nurse.

  129. GuardianRN

    ADASTW: Arrived dead and stayed that way
    Circling the drain with one foot stuck in the hairtrap.
    BSC: Bat sh1t crazy
    OGNA: Oh, great…not again!
    YGBK: You gotta be kidding!

  130. LydiaB

    Code Brown

  131. honeyrn

    GOMER: Get outta my ER!
    Lizard: Another form of “Loser”
    Frequent Flyer: A person who frequents the ER.

  132. kassie726

    Pediatric nurse: “FOS” – for kids with abd pain that are literally just full of shit. FLK: funny looking kid…

  133. granny53

    O sign: when the patient is comatose and sleeping with mouth open….not a good sign
    Q sign: same as above except the tongue hanging out of the corner…..this is the patient you are hoping is DNR because they are just about OTD (out the door)

  134. ER Nurse B

    HDLT – High Drama Low Trauma

    i.e. The patient who presents in triage with a slight injury or illness screaming, demanding to be taken “straight back”, rates their pain a “20 out of 10″, and is in full drama diva mode.

  135. jleighjude

    GOK God only knows–unknown diagnosis

    NUD nigh unto death

  136. Deb Hodnett Walker

    TCCFCCPFS= when you finish a very difficult triage on a patient and give the Dr. That She Is too Coo Coo For Coco Coco Puff!

  137. JTjmk111

    I realize that nurses need to use humor to cope with some of the stressful situations at work. But do any other RNs out there reading this and making comments, realize how totally unprofessional you are making the nursing profession look by posting these derogatory slang terms, that I assure you, the majority of nurses do not use?

    • kimsuarez

      Lol. I’m very professional, and I take very good care of my patients…I’m devoted to them! But working as a nurse…anywhere…you need a sense of humor. 99% of the patients are unaware of these terms. I’m sure u are far from innocent as well. It’s hard to believe, unless you’re fresh out of school, that you’ve never used even one slang. If so, I’d sure hate to work with you sorry to say.

  138. Roger Himelstein

    For a client that falls – Gravity storm.

    Or

    FOFOF – Found on face on floor.

    And of course, what does RN stand for? Refreshments and narcotics. Many think That is what we do.

  139. kimsuarez

    We have an FOS…(full of shit)…down the hall!

  140. fulita

    Baby Crack- oral sucrose solution

  141. PandorasMom

    TFTB- Too Fat to Breathe (obesity hypoventilation syndrome or Pikwikian syndrome)

  142. vickmae

    Some Aussie favourites:

    FITH – F**ked In The Head
    CRAFT – Can’t Remember a F**king Thing
    Tontine Therapy – pillow over the face (Tontine is a brand of pillow)
    High Velocity Lead Therapy – a bullet!!
    The Lunch Box – covered trolley used to transport deceased patients to the morgue