Medical Terminology in Nursing...
- 0Sep 14, '10 by studiousmeHi!
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?
I can't wait to hear from you!
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- 0Sep 14, '10 by dthfytrOh, 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.
- 0Sep 14, '10 by island40It 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.
- 1from websters:
definition of orientated
adj.1.adjusted or aligned to surroundings or circumstances; sometimes used in combination; as, to get oriented on one's first day at a new job.2.headed or intending to head in a certain direction; as, college-oriented students. opposite of unoriented.
orientating, oriented, orienting
- 1Sep 14, '10 by Little Panda RNYes, 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
- 4Sep 14, '10 by ObtundedRNIts 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.