So Friday the 13th is on its way again..are you SUPERSTITIOUS?

  1. Ok, so, I work this Friday, the 13th of June and no, I am not superstitious about THAT, but I will say this: I never *ever* utter the "q" word on my floor, cause if I do, I am certain the Labor Patient Bus will pull up with a cadre of needy women about to give birth any moment. That, and I utter a silent prayer on the elevator on my way up that NOTHING bad happen to any patients on my shift today or if it does, that I am on top of it. I dunno, somehow, it gives me a sense of peace to do this. NO hard facts support that either of my traditions mean a thing, yet I adhere strongly to them.

    SO how bout it, anyone have "superstitions" or other believes/chants/mantras to ward off "bad things" from happening???? This enquiring mind wants to know!!
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  2. 48 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    Hi Deb -

    I came to nursing later in life so I'd never heard the admonition about not saying "quiet" and thought it was pretty funny.

    I've always been an anti-superstitious person. I've said before that I walk under ladders, break mirrors, and run over black cats (jk with the cat one) AND I say the word "quiet" every shift. For the most part, heck does not break loose.

    I know, I sound like a spoilsport.

    I don't ever worry about Friday the 13th.

    Or those annoying chain letter that say tragedy will happen if you don't forward them.

    Interesting topic . . .I'm eager to hear everyone else's opinion.

    oh, and I first heard the "quiet" theory in an Echo Heron book.

    steph
  4. by   Tilleycs
    I believe it's unlucky to be superstitious, so I'm not.

    I DO believe in Murphy's law, however. I don't think you should ask questions like, "Can things get any worse?" or "How much worse is my day going to get?", because life will hear you and might give you an answer!
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by Tilleycs
    [B]I believe it's unlucky to be superstitious, so I'm not.


    :roll

    steph
  6. by   Shamrock
    My silly superstition is that things happen in 3's. Seems to never
    fail. And of course, the "q" word is to be avoided.
  7. by   Mkue
    Not supersticious here
  8. by   passing thru
    Not a single superstitious bone in this bod.

    BUT, I do believe in :

    clairvoyance- ESP - some forms of psychic phenomena
  9. by   Nurse Ratched
    Q word is to be avoided and under no circumstances is the name of any former psych pt to be uttered as they will hear it and will be admitted within 24 hours.

    On our psych unit, Friday the 13th is always unofficially "psych tech day" and is celebrated by purchase of pizza for techs by docs and nurses.
  10. by   karenG
    hi Deb............well I was born on Friday the 13th!! which my dad says explains a great deal!! so not worried. But a full moon -thats a whole different can of worms!!

    Karen
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Originally posted by Tilleycs
    I believe it's unlucky to be superstitious, so I'm not.

    I DO believe in Murphy's law, however. I don't think you should ask questions like, "Can things get any worse?" or "How much worse is my day going to get?", because life will hear you and might give you an answer!
    ROFL YOU CRACK ME UP!!! great post!
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    13 seems to be a lucky number for me......lots of good things happened on the 13th of a month....my husband proposed to me on a 13th. my water broke prior to my son being born on the 13th......i graduated high school june 13th.....it goes on.
    so no, 13 is not an UNlucky number for me. but i DO work with some VERY superstitious "types"..and did know some very superstitious patients. I will have to tell you a couple of their stories some time....
  13. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Avoidance of the "q" word or the ca** word....never utter the names of problem patients (psych or otherwise) or they will surely come to be admitted.......never say"we need some ac*** around here, for it is guaranteed to get you an arrest enroute....and I have a mandela (native american good l uck shield) that I have had in my car since 1993....funny but I have been in many an accident and never hurt (seriously that is) and the damage has always been minimal or break downs minor or close enough to walk for help. Simply can not leave home with out that shield in my car. Silly I know but hey.....that is my only superstition out side of the stuff at work....lol
  14. by   Whisper
    I hadn't thought about it being Friday 13th, but it is the day when I get m bursary, so I suppose that was on my mind more!
    I am not really superstitious , but it is amazing the difference that a full moon makes, I am still a student and we are all warned not to say the Q word, I haven't tested the theory yet.

    But an odd side fact, the medical students ARE taught to use the Q word, which struck me as strange.

    Oh, and I don't walk under ladders, I got paint spilt on me once from scafolding, and had a nail fall down the back of my shirt so I avoid them now!!

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