The Superstitions of Nursing | Episode 031

Episode summary introduction:

As a nursing student to the moment that you hit the floor to work, you’ve heard some of the strangest superstitions that nurses talk about. From the horrors of the “Full Moon”, The “Rule of 3s” and the “Q” word. There was actually a randomized controlled study done in 2019 that debunked the “Q” word holding any power. But this episode is not for studies, necessarily, but more a light hearted conversation on a couple of superstitions we found to be most interesting.

Topic 1:

In broken heart syndrome, a part of your heart temporarily enlarges and doesn’t pump well, while the rest of your heart functions normally or with even more forceful contractions. Researchers are just starting to learn the causes, and how to diagnose and treat it.

Topic 2:

The 4am witching hour is where nurses state patients are more prone to die….But is this really true? There is some science here.

Topic 3:

A study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics found that low barometric pressure induces rupture of the fetal membranes and delivery. On days where there was a large increase or decrease in barometric pressure, there was a significant increase in the number of deliveries. This superstition is fact.


Whether you believe in superstitions or not, beware. This Halloween there will be a Blue Full Moon, visible to the whole world for the first time since World War II in 1944. With 40% of HCW believing the effects of the full moon, Halloween is sure to be fun. But rest assure, there have been studies done that looked at the effects of a full moon on patients and all have come back inconclusive. But for all you superstitious nurses out there, be sure to wear your lucky socks and carry your lucky charms this Halloween.

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Broken Heart Syndrome:

The “Q” Word :

Witching Hour:

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