When I was a student (and new nurse) I remember hearing medical terms all the time that would make me think, “I should probably know what that means, but I’m too embarrassed to ask.” And I hated how that made me feel… lost, incompetent, out of the loop, and unsure of myself.

You can imagine what feeling this way did to my confidence level. Yep…pretty low sometimes.

In this episode I’m diving into some common medical terms that students (and even experienced nurses) often feel a little unsure about…terms like:

  • Sensitivity vs specificity
  • Hypoxia vs hypoxemia
  • Crystalloid vs colloid
  • And let’s not forget medical slang like “the gap,” “rainbows,” and “Christmas trees”

After listening to this episode, you’ll be absolutely fascinating at your next cocktail party and probably feel a lot more confident at the bedside, too!

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Atelectasis: Learn more about this respiratory condition (spoiler alert…it’s so much more than “crackles!”)

Drill these terms in by referring back to them in the article here.

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