The Top 13 Nursing Superstitions for All Year Round

By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

June 28, 2020



Top 13 Nursing Superstitions


is a belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any physical process linking the two events a false conception of causality, such as astrology, omens, witchcraft, etc, that contradicts natural science.  Wikipedia

If I ever get sick and have to be admitted to the CCU, do not put me in room 4!

This Friday the 13th, let’s look at the top 13 Nursing Superstitions:

1. Full Moon

A full moon always brings out all the crazies.

2. The Rule of Three. 

This especially pertains to death and really busy nights. Three nights in a row of high census usually gives us a little reprieve–or leads us to three more nights of high census.

4. The “Q” word

Never say how well a shift/day has been before you clock out…or it won’t be good anymore.

5. Open a window

Open window when patient dies so the soul can escape.

6. Tie a knot in the bed sheet

Tying a knot in the bottom right sheet for a dying patient to last through the night.

7. A fly

A fly in the hospital means someone will die.

8. Good-luck Charms

I know a nurse who always wears the same earrings as a talisman against a bad night.

9. L/D Instrumentation

Some L/D nurses won’t open instrumentation until the Last Minute before a delivery because they are afraid they will end up with a c-section.

10. Frequent Flyers

Never Discuss a frequent flyer who hasn’t been in lately he/she will show up.

11. Never turn the lights out

When there is a code in the hospital we open a room (turn the lights on, balance our bed scale, turn the monitor to standby), and if the patient doesn’t make it into our ICU we NEVER turn the lights out.

12. Atropine in Cardiac ICU

In the cardiac ICU, I used to surreptitiously wave Atropine around the room before I pulled femoral lines, and I carried a cartridge in my pocket if I had a patient in third-degree block or something similar. (It wards off evil spirits, obviously.)

13. “Certain Rooms are Unlucky”

I used to tell my colleagues, “If I ever get sick and have to be admitted to the CCU, do not put me in room 4.” Room 4 was very unlucky. It seemed as though most patients in room 4 were very ill, and didn’t survive. Why is that? Room placement is random on any given day; nurse assignment is random. It only seems logical to think it’s a “cursed” room.

Do you have others?  Share them in the comments!

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