The following is a list of internet resources for Nursing students, compiled by our English Teaching Assistants:
English for Nursing Students
- Language skills for nursing: This video provides strategies to improve your verbal and written and communication skills. Pause the video and try the activities if you’re interested in building your vocabulary, improving your spelling and writing in a more academic style.
- Hospital English: The Brilliant Learning Workbook for International Nurses: This book provides useful information to improve your English communication skills and to develop confidence when treating international patients. It also presents some personal survival strategies so you work, study and live without becoming overstressed.
- English Resource Centre for Nurses: Practice medical collocations, sentence structure, word choice, articles and verbs by reading medical articles, completing online activities and playing games. Also watch animated videos of common dialogues among medical professionals.
- Oxford University Press Nursing 1 & 2: Practice your grammar, vocabulary and listening with nursing-specific exercises and scenarios.
- English-for-Nurses: This is a Wikispace Classroom where you can find presentations on English language use in nursing school and links to different websites where you can practice more general grammar points.
- Global RPh – Medical terminology: Find definitions, prefixes, roots, suffixes, word building references, singular vs plural rules and exams to test your knowledge of medical terminology.
- MediLexicon: Comprehensive database of medical abbreviations, terms, ICD9 codes, equipment, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, news, and publications.
Medical Dictionaries for your Phone:
- Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary
- Dorland’s Medical Dictionary
- Taber’s Medical Dictionary
- The Merck Manual
- HowJSay: Free web-based talking dictionary of English Pronunciation that can help you with your pronunciation.
- Forvo: Find real samples of native English speakers pronouncing the words you’re looking for.
- Sounds: The Pronunciation App and English File Pronunciation (App – Available for Android and iPhone). You can switch between American and British pronunciation, find phonetic charts, play games, record and play back your own voice.
Reflective Writing for Nursing Students
- RMIT University Learning Lab – Reflective Writing: Learn about the process, structure and requirements of reflective writing.
- Using Gibbs: Example of Reflective Writing in a Healthcare Assignment: Example of a well-organised reflective essay.
- Example Reflective Essay for Critical Thinking and Writing for Nursing Students: Example of a reflective essay with helpful notes to help you identify key features.
Listening is a key element to learning English and podcasts can help you improve this skill.
Try to follow these steps:
- Imagine what the episode is about.
- Listen and check if you were right.
- Come up with follow-up questions and share them with a friend/your teacher.
Here are a few podcasts that may be interesting to you. You can listen to them online or subscribe in iTunes or Google Play.
- The Nursing Podcast by NRSNG: #1 Nursing Podcast. Find episodes on confidence in nursing, real life nursing stories, life hacks for nurses, anatomy and physiology of diseases and interviews with nurses and authors.
- A. Davis’s Nursing Communication: Schuster & Nykolyn’s (2010) work on the development of comprehensive, professional communication skills to prevent errors in the nursing practice is summarized in 5-minute-long episodes.
- Real Talk School of Nursing: Current nursing students talk about real problems they go through.
- The Project Nurse Podcast: Find interviews with top nurses, doctors, educators and technologists who share their knowledge and inspire student nurses.
- The Nurse Keith Show: This podcasts offers career advice for nurses. The speaker’s voice is quite calm and slow.
- Stand up and Be Heard at Presentations: This article highlights the importance of good communication in daily nursing practice and career advancement. It also provides strategies to improve presentation skills.
- CE: Enhancing Presentation Skills for the Advanced Practice Nurse: Strategies for Success: This is a very complete article about the basic elements of successful presentations. These topics include: preparation, topic, purpose, audience, organization, strategies, and more.
Group Presentation Skills
- Advisory Zone – Group presentation: This video was made by the ETAs to illustrate some strategies you may want to use when giving an oral presentation. It highlights many of the aspects your teacher will consider for assessment.
- University of Sussex, Skills Hub – Group presentations: The ‘making group-work work’ resource consists of 10 videos of a group of students followed through a project. It designed to help both students and tutors understand and overcome the challenges of group work.
- ‘How NOT to Mess Up a Group Presentation’ and ‘What if Somebody Sucks?’ These videos are part of a wider collection of short videos aimed at helping people improve their presentation skills.
- EFL Magazine – Word, Sentence and Syllable Stress: This site provides a list of references and resources like worksheets, games, audios and videos aimed at helping you improve your pronunciation.
- Rachel’s English – Rhythm, Intonation, Linking, and Stress: This website has over 400 videos to help you improve your spoken English and listening comprehension.
You can visit TEDEd to find lessons around a TED talk or YouTube video. You can filter videos by content, level of difficulty, duration and available subtitles. Some recommended videos for nursing students are:
- What is depression? – Helen M. Farrell
- Toward a new understanding of mental illness – Thomas Insel
- How does your body process medicine? – Céline Valéry
- What causes antibiotic resistance? – Kevin Wu
- How the food you eat affects your gut – Shilpa Ravella
- How pandemics spread – Mark Honigsbaum
- Printing a human kidney – Anthony Atala
- How do vaccines work? – Kelwalin Dhanasarnsombut
- How do vitamins work? – Ginnie Trinh Nguyen
- How X-rays see through your skin – Ge Wang
- Is there a disease that makes us love cats? – Jaap de Roode