Everyday English for International Nurses

A Guide to Working in the UK


  • Joy Parkinson, BA, Author and Lecturer, London, UK
  • Chris Brooker, BSc, MSc, RGN, SCM, RNT, Author and Lecturer, Norfolk, UK

This book helps nurses coming to work in the UK for the first time communicate with patients and staff. It will assist non-EU nurses as they prepare for the English test and adaptation course necessary to practice. Covering a range of subjects, its main purpose is to explain colloquial language that patients might use but is not found in conventional dictionaries e.g. ‘to spend a penny' or ‘trouble with the waterworks'. In addition to communication skills, it contains practical advice on becoming registered, nursing in the UK, and the organization of the health & social care team.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07399-1

Table of Contents

1. Nursing in the UK. 2. Registering as a nurse in UK and career development. 3. The National Health Service and Social Services. 4. Nursing documentation, record keeping and written communication. 5. Communication in nursing. 6. Colloquial English - Parts of the body - Body functions - Mental and physical states - General expressions - Reproductive and sexual health problems - Glossary of medical and colloquial names. 7. Idioms: parts of the body. 8. Phrasal verbs. 9. Abbreviations used in nursing. 10. Useful addresses, web sites and other resources. 11. Units of measurement. Appendix: General further reading suggestions.