Any nursing and hospital lingo and organization book recommendations?

  1. Hi there,
    I start nursing school in August. I have purchased the Saunders Comprehensive Review - thanks for the recommendation! However, I find that people throw around a lot of lingo and abbreviations that I don't know and wondered if anyone had a book recommendation that might describe who does what in a hospital, how they are organized, and common terms that I should start to get to know.
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  3. by   shay&lynn
    Do you have an iPhone? Possibly an iPad or iPod Touch?
  4. by   LoriRNCM
    My medical terminolgy course really helped me with that. Plus working as a scheduling coordinator for the CNAs and an admin asst in a home health agency where I had to type up care plans. That stuff sticks with you once you memorize it.
  5. by   Guy in Babyland
    "A Short Course in Medical Terminology" by C. Edward Collins and Ann DePetris. It does a very good job of teaching the medical terms. In addition they give you access to their website and provide additional resources to help you learn.
  6. by   schade1
    No. Thanks though.
  7. by   schade1
    Great. I'll get this too. I work in healthcare (research related), I just don't interact with hospital people or patients. I know lab terminology, how to do tons of lab tests, their meaning, when they'd be ordered, and what a normal result looks like. Somebody said OT and PT the other day and I had to look up what that was. I've had to look up what NICU, MICU, and SICU are, for instance. All the location related abbreviations - ugh. I hope this helps me understand what happens where.

    Thank you!