Oh, she was just TOBP. Wait—what?

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iStock | Trish233

There are some things nurses just can’t say out loud. Which is why developing a secret nurse code is not only practical, it’s downright necessary.

That’s where nurse slang comes in.

And because we wouldn’t want you to miss out on the endless variations floating around outside of the hospital you call home, we’ve asked your fellow nurses to share their favorite terms on our Funny Nurses Facebook page.

Needless to say, we think an unofficial dictionary will soon be in order.

1. “ANW: ain’t nothing wrong. For the ridiculous ED check-ins, like a hangnail.” —Kayla B. 

2. “Nurse porn: patients whose veins are so big and distended that you could put a 14-gauge in from across the room. Makes nurses excited.” —Teresa G. 

3. “The Golden Girls: a patient assignment consisting of four old ladies.” —Caryn C.

4. “TMB: too many birthdays. Often used when asked what the cause of death was.” —Katie A.

5. “Terms for falls: Gravity attack, RUSH (rapid unplanned standing to horizontal) transition, adverse reaction to gravity, extreme sensitivity to gravity (frequent falls). Hot Jambalaya: pepper-sprayed patient. Incarceritis: a physical reaction (chest pain, SOB, etc.) brought on by being taken into police custody.” —Mark O.

6. “Teeth to tattoo ratio: inversely proportional.” —Brenda C.

7. “Working in L&D, we would say that a pt needs the ‘party pack’ when she tests positive for the three most common STDs (GC, CZ and Trich). Party pack includes Rocephin, azithromycin and Flagyl….” —Raymond P. 

8. “Oscar: dramatic male patient. Emmy: dramatic female patient. Tony/Toni: over-the-top dramatic patient.” —Mark O.

9. “TOBP: tired of being pregnant.” —Kathi M.

10. “GOMER: Get out of my emergency room.” —Robin S. 

What’s your all-time favorite or most used term? Share it with us in the comments section below!

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6 Responses to Oh, she was just TOBP. Wait—what?

  1. DORN

    We came up with a new pt. Classification scale : Bat S–t Crazy Scale. 1-10 rating by answering yes to any of the following: Allergic to > than 3 drugs/ allergic to all pain meds except Dilaudid & Fentanyl. The Triad: chronic pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue. On admission states can tolerate a 7-10/10 pain. States has PONV and gets it even with no anesthetic, just IV SED.

  2. obiwanfan

    PIA:Pain in the ass diagnosis 😉

  3. 1gr8Nurse

    The nurses in the ED would call the bratty children in the ED ….elfs
    “Awe look at the little elf in room 3.” Parents would smile as if it was a compliment.
    ELF really meant. Evil little F###er!!
    So wrong. Lol

  4. honoree46

    When dealing with pregnant patients in triage: BAFA: Bogus Admission for Attention
    When they are discharged: AMFYOYO: Adios, mother f@#$%r, you’re on your own!!!!!

  5. Serene Johnson

    PFO: got p**sed and fell over
    TMI: too much ibuprofen, in the case of warfarinised patients with sudden GI bleeding
    King s**t or queen muck: Any patient who says theyre drug-resistant pathogen positive, despite no path results to confirm or deny this. SO they get a single room whether they actually need it or not. Can also refer to private patients who insist on a single room even though we really do need it for someone else, or for infection control purposes.
    VIP: very incontinent patient
    Pyxis: patients whom you just keep finding more and more meds in their belongings. Especially bad when its high risk or schedule drugs

  6. kenlyoung

    Sundowners: Eldery patients who are sweet as pie during the day, then the second the sun’s down the dementia comes out.

    Urban Outdoorsman: Homeless population. (They suffer the same conditions as outdoors enthusiasts i.e. Frostbite, hypothermia, etc)