Most awesome medical slangs nurses use every day

As a nurse, do you use slang at work? Here are 25 Medical Slang Terms Nurses Use Most nurses find humor in speaking medical slang. It relieves stress and lightens up everyone’s mood. As a nurse, do you use slang at work?

Here are some of the most awesome medical slangs nurses use every day:

1. Frequent Flyer

Definition: A regular patient in the hospital who often seeks medical attention for every little health problem encountered. Frequent flyers are often drug-seekers hoping to get a taste of narcotics.  Others simply want an excuse to take a break from work.

Example: Our frequent flyer was just here a couple of weeks ago, but here he is back again today.

2. Dyscopia

Definition: Patients or relatives having difficulty in coping.

Example: The doctor just revealed the patient’s prognosis after the operation and it’s not good. The whole family is experiencing dyscopia.


Definition: PITA literally stands for “Pain In The Ass”. It’s a code nurses use to warn their fellow nurses about an uncooperative patient or relative.

Example: The patient is very sweet but his wife is a PITA.

4. Rotater

Definition: A patient whose case is so complicated that he needs to be rotated to different nurses every day to prevent staff burnout. The nursing care a rotater needs is high maintenance.

Example: I’m assigned to three patients but most of my time is dedicated to this one patient. This patient needs to be a rotater.

5. Yellow Submarine

Definition: An obese patient with jaundice. A yellow submarine usually suffers from liver cirrhosis and needs complex medical attention.

Example: As expected, it’s difficult to start an IV line to our yellow submarine in Bed 1. I can neither palpate nor visualize his veins.

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