teaching English to Nurses

  1. Does anyone know any specific books to use in teaching english to nurses? If so please reply.

    englishb1968@hotmail.com
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  3. by   Maggie LI
    Originally posted by englishb:
    Does anyone know any specific books to use in teaching english to nurses? If so please reply.

    englishb1968@hotmail.com
    Dictionary is a good book to use in teaching english for nurse.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    I was stationed in Yongsan, Seoul, Korea from 1988-1990. Usuall, the local servicemen and women are available to help with conversational English. Contact the public affair office at the closest military base. Good luck.
  5. by   textbookwriter
    I joined this forum because I'm co-writing a textbook on English for Nurses (NNES...non-native English speakers). We are doing research on the most needed skill areas (pronunciation, vocabulary, listening, etc.) that we need to include in our book.

    Would appreciate any comments!
  6. by   Info(RN)matics
    I am not aware of a book.

    However, after reading some of the comments on a thread discussing 'nurse-stereotypes and the need to improve the image of nurses,' I am certain that nurses need to be taught English.

    Improving the public image?
    I'd say that the first step towards improving the image of nursing involves learning to read, write and speak decent (if not impeccable) English. Nurses handle medical terminology on a daily basis. If we do not have some command of basic English, we're preparing ourselves to look like fools when we employ jargon (possibly incorrect too).
  7. by   noreenl
    honestly, when I was teaching skills to my CNA students. I would have a designated translator for their native language and would allow them to learn the skill in their native language(translator was fluent in both languages.) i watched hands and "patient interaction" once they were comfortable with skill they would then have a week to "speak English". this was my policy from the beginning of each new class. it relieved a lot of tension and the students were then relaxed enough and comfortable enough to "make mistakes" and laugh and learn with each other. It is time consuming so I used to do 2 or 3 languages a night.
    The added benefit was all my students learned key words in different languages so they were abler to speak with many different residents!!!
    I also have many beautifully written letters (in some interestingly spelled English) from many of my bi lingual students and I treasure them to this day!!
  8. by   noreenl
    (continued) The medical terminology i did as straight vocabulary as I did each chapter and they were expected to understand the term and also be able to explain it in "layman's terms as if they were speaking to a regular resident with no prior medical knowledge as required on the practical CNA exam as well as the written one!
  9. by   caliotter3
    Sounds as if noreenl has a good method.
  10. by   Virginia Allum
    There are books which are used to teach ESP (English for Specific Purposes) ,in this case, English for Nursing. I co-wrote two books on the subject because I saw a need for support for international students /nurses wanting to work in nursing in an English-speaking country. This is quite a growing area now as people have come to realise that working in such specialised and technical areas requires a different sort of language (or languages) which cannot be learned from a dictionary or regular language course. It is important when you look at text books that the books are written with knowledge of what happens in a hospital, in particluar changes in documentation e.g. clinical pathways /integrated care pathways. Many of the major publishers e.g. Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press have published books in this area.

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