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    Hospital vocabulary

    Hi teachers,
    Which one is more common?
    a) telephonist
    b) operator

    Someone who assists a nurse in tasks that require little formal training are called:
    a) auxiliary nurse
    b) nursing auxiliary
    c) nurse's aide

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: Hospital vocabulary

    1. operator

    2. Back in the 1970s in England I worked as a nursing auxiliary. I don't know if that is the correct term today.

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    Re: Hospital vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    1. operator

    2. Back in the 1970s in England I worked as a nursing auxiliary. I don't know if that is the correct term today.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply. Let's see what the others have to say, let's see if the term 'nursing auxiliary' has changed.

    I've found 'nursing assistant'. Can someone confirm it please?

    Best,
    L54
    Last edited by learning54; 01-Feb-2012 at 10:17.

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    #4

    Re: Hospital vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply. Let's see what the others have to say, let's see if the term 'nursing auxiliary' has changed.

    I've found 'nursing assistant'. Can someone confirm it please?

    Best,
    L54
    That's not wrong, but there are a lot of names for assistant nurses.
    Enrolled Nurse (EN) is one (as opposed to a Registered Nurse, RN).
    Assistant nurse; Nurse Aide, Nursing aide. I'm sure there are more local versions.

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    #5

    Re: Hospital vocabulary

    In AmE, "nursing assistant" sounds like a generic role, which might be what you mean. But "nurse's aide" is probably more common. Also, there's PCA, STNA, CNA, EMT, and probably a ton more. FYI, sometimes nurses proper are called by their license or degree, LPN, RN, NP, DNP. All of these acronyms (initialisms) are pronounced by their individual letters.
    Last edited by BobSmith; 01-Feb-2012 at 14:25.

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    Re: Hospital vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That's not wrong, but there are a lot of names for assistant nurses.
    Enrolled Nurse (EN) is one (as opposed to a Registered Nurse, RN).
    Assistant nurse; Nurse Aide, Nursing aide. I'm sure there are more local versions.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.

    Best,
    L54

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    Re: Hospital vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    In AmE, "nursing assistant" sounds like a generic role, which might be what you mean. But "nurse's aide" is probably more common. Also, there's PCA, STNA, CNA, EMT, and probably a ton more. FYI, sometimes nurses proper are called by their license or degree, LPN, RN, NP, DNP. All of these acronyms (initialisms) are pronounced by their individual letters.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.

    Best,
    L54

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    #8

    Re: Hospital vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    Which one is more common?
    a) telephonist
    b) operator
    How about switchboard operator?
    Last edited by Tdol; 02-Feb-2012 at 06:54. Reason: Fixing quote code

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