Basic English For The OET Preparation Nurses

Getting prepared for the OET is very important. Before taking OET exam, it is always recommended that the test takers shall focus on learning and improving medical English (if in case, their English is not up to the standard needed to get through OET).  

For the nurses, it is important to make use of the right English. Listed down are a few of the basic sentences which nurses have to make use in their day-to-day

  • What is your name?
  • Can I take your name?
  • Would you please, tell me your name?
  • May I ask you to spell your name?
  • Can you please, spell your name for me?
  • Do you speak French / German?
  • Where do you live? What is your address? Where do you work? Where is your office / house?  
  • Sorry, can you go over it again? Can you please, repeat it? Can you tell me your date of birth? Can you tell me the patient’s name? Who is the caretaker? Are you the guardian? Are you the parents? What is your relationship with the patient?  Do you have health insurance? Has he/she got the sickness insurance? Does anyone want to accompany you?  
  • Can you please, fill out this form?
  • How old are you? What is your age? Can you please, tell me your age? Do you any illness? Do you feel sick? Do you feel any change? For which illness did you undergo treatment? Are you taking any medicine now?
  • Are you taking medicines regularly?
  • When were you hospitalized? You will be discharged very soon? You will be discharged in three days. Have you been hospitalized before?
  • How tall are you? How heavy are you? What is your weight? What is your interest? What do you want to eat?
  • Did you have cold / fever / headache? Do you smoke? Do you drink? Do you take morning walk / evening walk? Do you have BP / Sugar / any heart problem? Did you undergo surgery anytime?  Do you have any allergies? Do you have allergy with pollen, dust, medications, insect stings?
  • Did you have cardiac problem?
  • Where do you feel the pain?
  • Show me where it pains you.
  • Do you get spontaneous pain?
  • Has he/she got an induced pain / permanent pain / sharp pain / dull pain / beating pain?   
  • I think it is a paroxysmal pain.
  • Is the pain mild or exquisite? Is the pain severe?   
  • Do you understand me? Do you have any difficulty in understanding my language?
  • Can you please, get up?
  • Can you please, walk?
  • Can you move your hand?
  • Please, put out your tongue. Please, show me your tongue.
  • Can you come with me?
  • Can you sit here? Please, be seated.
  • Please, lie down. Please, breathe slowly.
  • Relax and take a deep breath.
  • Please, do as I say.
  • What happened? How are you feeling now? How do you feel now?
  • What makes you worry? Why are you not taking your medicine?
  • Why are you not taking your food?
  • Why did you skip your lunch?
  • How is your health now?
  • Do you feel much better now?
  • When did it happen?
  • Does it hurt you?
  • When did the accident happen?
  • Was that a motorcar accident / sport accident / traffic / work accident?
  • Did you bleed? Did you faint? Did you feel pain?
  • How have you got injured?
  • Please, show me where you have been injured.

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