Associates of Nursing Degree: Learning the Language

There is a lot to be said for understanding nursing vocabulary.  Just about any profession you enter will have its own “lingo”, and being able to break sentences into understandable words is incredibly helpful. There are reasons why instructors push basic knowledge, like knowing how to alphabetize quickly, doing your multiplication tables in your head, and knowing body parts and systems. Unfortunately, a lot of students come and go through many schools without learning the basics.  While at Cambridge, THIS is your opportunity to improve communication skills; both written and verbal. As a Nursing or Allied Health professional, each student should be able to discuss topics in a professional manner, and get the point across to an audience.  It’s harder to be misinterpreted when you use words appropriately.

While reading your textbooks, look for underlined or highlighted and/or bolded words. Read them out loud several times.  Make sure that you are pronouncing them correctly. Try using them in sentences.  Learn their definitions, and find out if they have multiple meanings. The NCLEX is all about safety, so knowledge is power, and vocabulary is everything.

It only takes one moment of misspelling, mispronunciation, or misinterpretation and our patients lose confidence in our abilities.  Patients are left with impressions of our performance, but as customers, they need to know that we are not only nice, but competent, as well.

Cambridge’s Nursing Programs are all about learning the proper language and allowing that skill to take you a long way.