Only A Real Nurse Knows What These Slang Terms Mean!
Nurses are the true heroes of the hospital, but they put up with their fair share of nonsense every shift they work. They’ve developed their own language to explain picky doctors, impatient patients, and difficult family members. If you are a nurse, you probably already know the answers to this quiz. Take the test and see if you have what it takes to make it in a busy hospital!
What does it mean when a nurse has "fluff my pillow syndrome?"
- The patient needs extra care for a serious illness
- The patient acts sicker than he/she really is
- The patient should not be given extra pillows for safety reasons
What are frequent flyers in the hospital?
- Patients who appear intoxicated
- Patients who show up over and over
- Patients who have their heads in the clouds
NPS stands for what?
- New parent syndrome
- Non-symptomatic patient
- Numbness, pain and swelling
Where is a BONITA administered?
- The bicep
- The thigh
- The buttocks
If a nurse is told a patient is "high risk," it is a warning of what?
- The patient's tendency to physically attack
- The patient has a positive HIV or AIDS status
- The patient is at-risk of coding
What is a negative wallet transfer?
- The patient has to go down to billing to discuss payment
- The patient lost his/her wallet in the ER
- The patient has no insurance and is being transferred to a lower-tier hospital
What does "medical futility" mean?
- The patient is refusing treatment
- The doctors have no idea how to treat the patient
- Giving the patient further treatment would not yield any results
If someone has been transferred to the Eternal Care Unit (ECU), the patient has:
- Received a terminal diagnosis
- Passed away
- Been transferred to hospice
A Band-Aid hospital is one that:
- Only has an emergency room
- Provides the bare minimum standard of care
- Can't handle trauma patients
What is "baci" short for?
What three drugs are in a B-52?
- Benadryl, Haldol and Ativan
- Benadryl, Valium and Ativan
- Benadryl, Haldol and Adderall
What is a banana bag?
- IV fluids with vitamins and minerals
- Colostomy bag
- Sling for a broken arm
A patient who has self-diagnosed before coming to the hospital or doctor's office is said to have what?
- A Google MD
What is a GOMER in the emergency room?
- A patient who is in cardiac arrest
- A patient who doesn't need emergency care
- A patient who has a gunshot wound
What do nurses call surgeons?
- Cut monsters
- Super docs
What is Vitamin H?
What do nurses call interns?
What is a paragod?
- An EMT who things he/she knows everything
- An EMT who goes out of the way to help
- An EMT who works 16-hour shifts
What does LPN sometimes stand for?
- Licensed pediatric nurse
- Low-pay nurse
- Licensed prenatal nurse
What does "treat and street" mean?
- A patient is ready for discharge to a nursing home
- Provide care and release
- Refer the patient to an outpatient clinic