English For Nurses

Do you dream to work in an English-speaking country like Australia? If yes, then you really need to have good English language skills. 

You may not know who you are going to deal with. Whether you are working at home or abroad, you will come across patients who would rely on English as a common language of communication. It is always important to learn and improve English as this will help you deal with the patients in one common language that is English. 
By perfectly practicing Medical English you will be in a state to carry out your role as a nurse in a much better way. You will be more proficient at providing better nursing services. The patients will feel more comfortable as you will have a clear understanding of what they may need. You will have the opportunity to talk to their loved ones, talk to staff members and communicate your thoughts more effectively to everyone around.  

You need to have good command over 

Medical terminology used in hospitals common phrases, vocabulary and abbreviations which are used at the hospitals 
Common word-groups / phrases which are used while taking a phone message / filling out a form for the patient (for instance, you will have to ask plenty of questions to get the right information about the patient or the client)
Vocabulary with respect to your particular role at the hospital (for instance, vocabulary to reassure the patient in distress, explaining operation or surgery procedures, explaining more about the medical condition, suggesting, advising, recommending, reporting etc.).  

Some common phrases which nurses can use are given below:

  • How are you feeling now?
  • Shall I fill out the form for you? Do you want me to fill out the form for you?
  • You will have to go to ABC pharmacy.
  • How long you have you had this medical problem?
  • Please, let me know if you face similar kind of problem again.
  • This may hurt you a little. 
  • Can I take your temperature?
  • May I take your blood pressure now?
  • I am going to take the blood pressure / your temperature. 
  • Please, roll over 
  • Please, on your right side / left side
  • Can you please, lie down on your back / stomach / side?
  • Can you turn around?
  • Can you move your hand / leg / neck?
  • Cover your left eye / right eye
  • I will help you
  • Please, give me some time, I will get back to you. 
  • Bend over, please. 
  • Please, take a deep breath.  
  • Say “aah” (while checking the mouth with tongue depressor) 
  • Does it hurt here? / Do you feel pain here?
  • Is it tender?  
  • Do you feel pain when I touch here?
  • Are you getting enough sleep? Did you sleep well last night?
  • Let me know if it hurts you? Where does it hurt?
  • Who is your next of kin?  How are you with? Who is with you?
  • Do you have relatives?
  • Does your husband / wife accompany you?
  •  Who was your family doctor?
  • When was your last BM?
  •  Can you describe your pain?
  • Did you take your medicine? 
  • Why did you not take your medicine?
  • You shall take your breakfast now?
  • Let me know if you need anything

To get your OET for nurses, learn and improve your medical English as it is OET is the test of the medical English not the Medical knowledge. 

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