Online English for International Nurses

Online English for International Nurses


About this course

Online English for nurses who want to work, or who are already working, in an English-speaking environment. Or for those who are studying for a Nursing English test, such as the OET.

Level B1

This intensive course teaches the English that nurses need to communicate effectively in all essential situations at work – both with patients and with other healthcare professionals.

This CPD-accredited, 100-hour, online course is designed for nurses with an intermediate (B1-B2) level of English. It will enable you to communicate accurately and confidently at work.

This course is also excellent preparation for the international Occupational English Test (OET). It provides much of the vocabulary, medical terminology, and scenario-specific role plays that you will find in the OET test. It therefore combines perfectly with OET Coaching, where you will learn the specific test techniques and take OET test practice with an expert tutor.

Course Length 100 hours of study, divided into 10 clearly defined 10-hour sections. Each section

focuses on a vital area of practice, giving nurses the tools to perform effectively

at work. Nurses have 4 months to complete the course.

Course Level The course is set at an intermediate level (B1 in the Common European

Framework). At this level, a nurse can understand and communicate in relatively

simple English in common situations, including travel, work, and family.

Inputs During the course, learners watch videos, listen to conversations, read medical

texts, analyse charts and graphs, look at work-related photographs and images,

and study vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation focus points.

Exercises Learners take a wide range of exercises to help learn the language nurses need.

The exercises concentrate on scenarios using English at work.

Integrated Dictionary

and Pronunciation Guide Click on any word to get its meaning and listen to how it should be said – in both

British and American English.

Progress Assessment Nurses can track their results and the time they spend online. And at the

end of every unit, there is a progress assessment so they can see what they

have learnt.

End of Course

CPD Certificate On successful completion, nurses receive 80 CPD points and a CPD-stamped

Certificate with details of the course level and content.

Lead Writer Virginia Allum is a practising Registered Nurse, a lecturer in English for

Medical Purposes, and a widely published writer, including co-authoring the

Cambridge English for Nursing text books, and creating practice materials for

the Occupational English Test.


Introducing yourself and saying what you do • Welcoming a patient • Talking to patients and colleagues • Describing your role and responsibilities • Staff in the hospital • Medical terminology • Everyday healthcare language • Hospital charts: patient admission form Talking about pain • Types of pain • Pain severity and location • Administering pain medication • Types of painkillers, side effects • Chronic pain: osteoarthritis • Hospital charts: pain scales • The body: anterior and posterior Pressure area care • Pressure ulcers and ulcer stages • The body: the lower back and buttocks • Changing a patient’s position • Intentional rounding • Pressure area care of wheelchair-bound patients • Waterlow pressure area assessment tool • The body: lower back and buttocks Injuries and falls • Falls and injuries • Sprains, strains, fractures and dislocations • Care of a patient with a plaster cast • Giving a handover • Writing an incident report • Hospital charts: Falls Risk Assessment • The body: legs, thighs, hips, feet Infection Control • PPE, micro-organisms, HCAIs • Taking a blood sample • Taking a temperature, abnormal readings • Wound infections, burns chart • Isolation nursing • Hospital chart: wound care chart • The body: skin, nails, hair Intravenous therapy and IV injections • IV equipment, needle stick injuries • Administering IV fluids • Checking and giving an IV antibiotic; VIP scores • Drug calculations • Taking about clinical pathways • Hospital charts: fluid balance chart • The body: arms and hands Administration of medications • Types of medication • Checking drugs, dose, frequency, allergies • Discussing side effects and precautions • Medication and the elderly • Putting in eye drops and eye ointment • Hospital charts: drug charts • The body: ears and eyes Breathing difficulties • Respiration and respiratory difficulties • Breathing equipment • Asthma – types of inhalers and nebulisers • Upper respiratory tract infections • Discussing lifestyle changes • Hospital charts: oxygen prescription • The body: the chest Post-operative care • Vocabulary of post-operative care • Taking a handover in Recovery • Explaining discharge information • Managing phone enquiries • Using SBAR to communicate with colleagues • Hospital documentation: district nurse referral • The body: the abdomen End-of-life care • Types of cancer and cancer treatment • Talking about chemotherapy side effects • Managing unpleasant symptoms post- radiotherapy • Palliative care • Supporting relatives • Hospital charts: DNAR orders • The body: mouth and throat