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Healthcare Terminology and Abbreviations

For Nurse Assistants

Upon entering the healthcare field, the nursing assistant will learn that there is a special language spoken by those working within it. This language contains abbreviations and special terms used to communicate information. A lot of medical terminology is based on the Latin language, with which many modern English speakers may not be familiar.

Part of the nursing assistant training will include healthcare terminology. As with any language, the more one is absorbed in a culture that it speaks, the more one will be able to understand and speak it. The following is a list of common healthcare terminology and abbreviations that the nursing assistant may encounter:

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