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Cambridge English for Nursing

Cambridge English for Nursing

A short self-study or classroom course (40-60 hours) for nurses who need to use English in the workplace.

Cambridge English for Nursing is designed to improve the communication skills and specialist English language knowledge of healthcare professionals, enabling them to work more confidently and effectively. With an emphasis on listening and speaking, the course covers core areas of nursing such as patient admission, taking medical specimens, patient handover, post-operation assessment and discharge planning. Authentic tasks and activities based on everyday nursing scenarios - from dealing with patients in pain to discussing lifestyle changes - make the course relevant and motivating. The course also features online activities which focus on the latest advances in nursing technology. These help to keep nurses up-to-date and confident when faced with unfamiliar equipment in new environments. This course requires no specialist knowledge on the part of the teacher as comprehensive teacher's notes are available online. It is also ideal for self-study for healthcare professionals without the time to attend a teacher-led programme.

Key features

  • Authentic medical texts, realistic patient scenarios and practical nursing tasks help prepare learners for their day-to-day working lives.
  • A focus on communication skills helps nurses to build rapport with patients, their relatives and colleagues, and become more effective in their work-based interactions.
  • Online activities which focus on the latest advances in nursing technology help keep nurses up-to-date and confident when faced with unfamiliar equipment in new environments.
  • Extra reference material online including a glossary of medical terms; common acronyms and abbreviations; and sample medical charts and forms provide valuable support for teachers and self-study students.
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Virginia Allum, Patricia McGarr


Pre-intermediate – Upper-intermediate

English Type

British English

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 17 August 2016

By VirginiaAllum

I hesitate to review the product, as I am one of the authors of both 'Cambridge English for Nursing' books! I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to write a review - to Fairchap, I would agree with you about the need to update some of the material in the books. The dilemma when producing a textbook in a specialist area like Medicine, is that the information can become obsolete fairly quickly. I think it is worth remembering that the books in the 'English for..' series all have the potential for this, but nevertheless are primarily language books. The language focus remains relevant. This is where I see the value of a good teacher - being able to identify areas which are not entirely relevant for a particular student group or which have moved on from a technology point of view. These days, I tend to do a lot of work in blended learning, producing online courses and self-publishing books in 'niche' areas, which may not be otherwise published. Hats off to Cambridge University Press, who published not just one, but two books of excellent quality (if I do say so myself) in the English for Nursing area. As I attend seminars and conferences around Europe and the UK, I often come across teachers and students who say 'Oh, I know you. We used your books'. Always a great treat for me.

Review left for Cambridge English for Nursing Pre-intermediate

Student's Book with Audio CD
 7 August 2016

By Fairchap
Full-time teacher

It is absolutely useful and convenient for nurses, but there is an urgent need for more updated supplementary materials. Remember that most hospitals nowadays use automated HIS (health information systems) that enables nurses to fill out the different forms and reports more confidently and comfortably. Thus from my humble point of view, there should be a focus on producing supplementary listening and speaking activities. Currently, I am teaching nurses whose L1 (First language) is Latin based (Spanish). And I have found out that reading and vocabulary is not the issue. The issue is the oral communicative skills listening and speaking (pronunciation is an issue) I sincerely thank you for the efforts you exerted to issue Cambridge English for Nursing and hope you continue supporting the book by issuing more and more supplementary material as suggested above. thank you

Review left for Cambridge English for Nursing Pre-intermediate

Student's Book with Audio CD
 4 April 2016

By user638843141528

Recomended as a good source for techers. Every professional needing English for work must have one.

Review left for Cambridge English for Nursing Intermediate Plus

Student's Book with Audio CDs (2)
 6 April 2015

By upi

i like the product , the product is very good and thanks you

Review left for Cambridge English for Nursing Pre-intermediate

Student's Book with Audio CD
 23 May 2014

By Mia0326

good source and very informtive. I would like to get this book. absolutely amazing for me

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