Medical Terminology in Nursing...

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    I'm new to the forum. I'm currently in school taking my pre-reqs for nursing, and one of my assignments for the Medical Terminology class is to have a discussion with someone in the medical field the importance (or lack thereof) of having a solid grasp of Medical Lingo in the field. Basically, is this going to be a useful class once I'm actually working?

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    Oh, you'll have lots of fun. Alot of medical terminology fuses prefixes with suffixes to make a description of something in somewhat general terms. You gotta know this stuff though. Prefixes; Hepat = liver; nephro = kidneys; pneumo = lungs. The suffix "itis" means inflamed. Hence liver disease is hepatitis, kidney infection nephritis, lungs would be pneumonitis. Hope that helps.
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    Does it matter what we think?

    Seriously, it is a pre-req, you have to take it. It matters not what we think.

    But yes, you must know your terminology.
    Last edit by roser13 on Sep 14, '10
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    It is useful to know what people you work with are talking about - but then again most Americans don't know English so it is just more words to mangle. Take orientation: you can be oriented, you can go to an orientation and you can orient yourself but there is NO English word orientated. There are A LOT (not alot) of medical terms that are used exclusively to a specialty and you forget as soon as the test is over. Being able to write tenesmus instead of loud bowel sounds makes you feel more like one of the group.
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    " but there is NO English word orientated"

    Au contraire...check your dictionary. And actually, in the true meaning of English, the British term is orientated.
    Last edit by roser13 on Sep 14, '10
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    Yes, having medical terminology will be useful. I learned med term when I was in medical assisting school and when I went back for my LPN it was a godsend. Many of my class mates struggled to learn med term on top of everything else. I think it should be a requirement for any nursing program and the college I went to finally made it a pre req to getting into the program.

    Just my 2 cents
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    Medical Terminology is foundational to understanding your textbooks and lectures from now on, which in turn are foundational to understanding everything that you will do as a nurse.
    deleern, SandraCVRN, and mykrosphere like this.
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    It will be an essential class, long before you get to actually working.

    GM2RN said it well.
    deleern and PatMac10,RN like this.
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    Its important for us to know, so that we can understand professional materials, and to be able to understand those in depth H&Ps. Also so we can sound more professional when talking to the MD and not look like a fool. But its also very important to know how to translate these words into VERY basic terms. This way you can easily explain things to your patients and their family.
    aanwyn, tthor5220, PatMac10,RN, and 1 other like this.

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