Nursing phrases - page 2

Hi, I am looking for phrases nurses commonly use with patients, e.g., "I am going to take your bollod pressure now," "This will hurt a little," "Please hold still," "Who is your next of kin,"... Read More

  1. by   AKAKatydid
    Quote from RoxanRN2003
    Sorry to spoil the party, but visiting hours are over.
    I'm sorry, no overnight visitors allowed.
    If you do that again, I'll have to restrain you.

    Have many, many more.........
    Great!!! Love 'em

    'Course, I find myself saying a LOT
    "Ok I need a finger 'cause I'm going to stick ya"
    (I think just about everyone needed blood sugars last night!!)
    And, yes I say it just like that...
  2. by   Jen,SN
    "Can I help you?"(answering call bells)
    "How are you feeling"
    "How was your day/night?"
    "Can I get you anything else?"
    "Call me if you need anything."
    etc, etc, etc...
  3. by   studious
    Has anyone used the phrase "wiggle your toes" to a patient with a double amputation????? when your about to give an injection. I have to say I think this is one of my worst as a student nurse. Quite a worry.
  4. by   oneota
    Thank You.
    But what is this:
    "So you say your ..........."

    ?
  5. by   oneota
    [QUOTE=LilPeanut]Have you or anyone in your family been exposed to TB, WC or CP?

    I'm guessing you are trying to pick up phrases in foreign languages that would be useful? Just about - I'm teaching English to nurses in Asia and Africa, and I want to include phrases they need / can use in dealing with English-speaking foreigners in their countries. This is a good list - Thanks!

    Where is the pain?
    What medications do you take?
    Do you have history of health problems?
    Do you understand privacy laws?
    Do you give consent to _______ procedure?
    When was your last period?
    What's your birthday?
    Can you pee in a cup?
    Can you move {affected part of body}?
  6. by   oneota
    Quote from steelcityrn
    I never heard of bollod pressure??? What is that??



    I am looking for phrases nurses commonly use with patients, e.g., "I am going to take your bollod pressure now," "This will hurt a little," "Please hold still," "Who is your next of kin," and "The doctor will see you now / shortly."

    Thanks
    [/QUOTE]
    Obviously it's my dsilexic way of spelling blood pressure.
  7. by   oneota
    [What is " an advanced directive"?
  8. by   analiezel
    "what is your pain level from 1- 10"

    Quote from oneota
    Hi,

    I am looking for phrases nurses commonly use with patients, e.g., "I am going to take your bollod pressure now," "This will hurt a little," "Please hold still," "Who is your next of kin," and "The doctor will see you now / shortly."

    Thanks
  9. by   AKAKatydid
    Quote from oneota
    What is " an advanced directive"?
    An "advanced directive" is a living will. It is a legal document that you fill out that allows you to voice your decisions about your healthcare treatments, etc in the event that you become very ill and are unable to vouch for yourself.

    This is a hot issue here in the United States, and people are rallying around advanced directives to make sure it is known to family members, healthcare workers and lawmakers their wishes.

    edit: just wondering.. are you asking that question, or are you adding to your own list?
    Last edit by AKAKatydid on May 2, '05
  10. by   UM Review RN
    Please ask your doctor or your nurse any questions you might have about your medicines, tests, or procedures. We are pleased to answer your questions.

    The doctor has ordered this medicine for you. Please take it now.

    The doctor has ordered bed rest for you. Please lie down now.

    Do you need to use the bathroom? I can help you.

    Does anything come out when you cough? What color is it? Is it thick or thin? Is it a large amount? Is there any blood in it?

    Have you been having regular bowel movements? Have you had any black tarry stools or any red in your stool? Have you had any clay-colored stool? Have you had any green stool? Do you have a problem with constipation or diarrhea?

    Hope that helped.
  11. by   oneota
    I was asking that question; I haven't resided in the States in some time and had never heard the phrase.

    thnaks to all who gave serious answers. It will really help my nursing students. (There tons of sources for technical vocabulary, but this is the only place where I could get these critical downn-to-earth phrases.)
  12. by   LilPeanut
    btw, WC, CP and TB stand for Whooping Cough, Chicken Pox and tuberculosis in case you didn't figure it out

    Good luck to them. I'm fluent in spanish (or I was several years ago, I'm a little rusty now ) and it's really hard to go from normal conversational spanish to technical medical terminology. I've had to look up whooping cough, measles etc. because they never managed to come into conversation when I was learning :lol:
  13. by   Maine Critical Care
    OMG some of these are wickedly funny!!
    I actually like to sit down and say "How are you" then wait for the answer.
    Asking about basic stuff first is good, like "how did you sleep" "Are you having any pain" "are you hungry" etc. Then the touchy stuff can be approached. Like "When was your last drink?" "what do you like to drink?" "We think your body might withdraw from alcohol, has that ever happened to you before?" "Let me ask you a stupid question- who is the President right now?" "Where are we right now?" "What month is it" (If they flunk, then "What season is it?" What is your phone number?" "Is the light bothering your eyes?" "How are your nerves?" "Hold out your hands and touch my fingers" (Feeling for signs of tremor)
    Be prepared to get a lot of Ativan and the Net restraint.

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