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1. a single thing; one segment of a whole that is made up of identical or similar segments.
2. a specifically defined amount of anything subject to measurement, as of activity, dimension, velocity, volume, or the like.
3. a distinct part of a hospital, usually having a specific physical location and serving a defined function; see under names of specific units.
Ångström unit angstrom.
atomic mass unit (u) (amu) the unit of mass equal to ¹⁄₁₂ the mass of the nuclide of carbon 12. Called also dalton.
autonomous nursing unit a nursing unit under a decentralized administration system in which the staff is responsible for all aspects of unit functioning.
British thermal unit (BTU) a unit of heat formerly widely used, being the amount necessary to raise the temperature of 1 pound of water from 39° to 40°F., equal to approximately 252 calories.
CH50 unit the amount of complement that will lyse 50 per cent of a standard preparation of sheep red blood cells coated with antisheep erythrocyte antibody.
continuing education unit (CEU) a unit of credit for educational offerings given to professional persons, determined by a professional organization according to a mathematical formula after a thorough review of the program of study, the qualifications of the instructors, and the program objectives.
critical care unit intensive care unit.
electrostatic u's (esu) that system of units that is based on the fundamental definition of a unit charge as one that will repel a similar charge with a force of 1 dyne when the two charges are 1 cm apart in a vacuum.
environmental control unit a computerized system that allows the handicapped individual to operate several different appliances using a keyboard or other input device.
heat unit the amount of heat energy that is produced by one kVp (kilovolt peak) and one mA (milliampere) for one second with single phase, full wave rectified radiographic equipment.
Hounsfield unit an arbitrary unit of x-ray attenuation used for CT scans. Each voxel is assigned a value on a scale in which air has a value of −1000; water, 0; and compact bone, +1000.
intensive care unit see intensive care unit.
International unit (IU)
1. a unit of enzyme activity equal to the amount of enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of one micromole of substrate or coenzyme per minute under specified conditions (temperature, pH, and substrate concentration) of the assay method. Abbreviated U.
2. any of several arbitrary units that have been adopted by international bodies to express the quantities of certain vitamins (A, C, D, and thiamine hydrochloride), hormones (androgen, chorionic gonadotropin, estradiol benzoate, estrone, insulin, progesterone, and prolactin), and drugs (digitalis and penicillin).
Kienböck's unit a unit of x-ray exposure equal to 0.1 erythema dose; symbol X.
motor unit the unit of motor activity formed by a motor nerve cell and its many innervated muscle fibers.
postanesthesia care unit (PACU) a specialty unit in a hospital for giving postanesthesia care (care of patients recovering from anesthesia and intravenous sedation); formerly called recovery room.
radiologic u's units used to measure radiation, including roentgens, rads, rems, and curies.
u's of service (UOS)
1. the number of procedures done by a department.
2. individuals or groups of individuals who are the recipients of nursing care.
short procedures unit (short term care unit) a nursing unit where patients are briefly cared for following a medical or surgical procedure and are then discharged without spending the night.
SI unit any unit of the International System of units (the metric system); see also si units.
step-down unit a nursing unit designated to provide care for patients who are stable enough to be discharged from the intensive care unit but are not yet ready to be cared for on a medical-surgical unit.
Svedberg unit (S) a unit equal to 10−13 second used for expressing sedimentation coefficients of macromolecules.
Svedberg flotation unit (Sf) a unit equal to 10−13 second used for expressing negative sedimentation coefficients of macromolecules that float rather than sink in a centrifuge, e.g., lipoproteins.
terminal respiratory unit the functional unit of the lung, including a respiratory bronchiole, alveolar ducts and sacs, and alveoli; called also primary lobule of lung and primary respiratory lobule.
USP unit one used in the United States Pharmacopeia for expressing potency of drugs and other preparations.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Many of their organizations have their own websites which promote the recruitment of new members, provide scientific and equipment information updates, list international job opportunities, and furnish available resources for obtaining continuing education units (CEU's) in order to upgrade and maintain professional certifications.
Up to 23 continuing education units will be available to conference attendees.
Nurses can earn continuing education units for completing the UCLA Borun Center's Pressure Ulcer Prevention Module at
Attendees receive continuing education units, which are authorized by the American Nursing Association and count toward the professional education that is required of nurses in some states.
But a recent survey by Robert Half Finance & Accounting shows that many are overlooking one particularly attractive benefit: reimbursing staff for the continuing education units required to maintain their professional certifications.
Benjamin has led the WFLO Institute through an extraordinary increase in registrations, pioneering the systemization of the classes into seven tracks, accreditation to award Continuing Education Units, and the addition of the textbook, the Senior Executive Panel, and the opening Excellence in Performance Seminar.
Continuing education units are also available at this year's show.
Curriculum Bundles Member Nonmember Management (20 CEUs) $125 $175 Marketing (16 CEUs) $125 $175 Operations Management (20 CEUs) $125 $175 Finance (15 CEUs) $175 $225 Accounting and Economics (24 CEUs) $175 $225 Quantitative Methods (10 CEUs) $75 $125 Completion of these courses earns Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which can be used toward satisfying the continuing professional education requirements for certification or re-certification.
Primedia's Farm Press announces a new online educational and marketing program called Farm Press University enabling consultants and other licensed agricultural professionals to earn more than 2,500 continuing education units (CEUs).
Continuous learning points are assigned to distance learning courses <> based on their academic credits or continuing education units. Other activities--such as satellite broadcasts, viewing a video tape, listening to an audio presentation, or working through a CD-ROM or Internet course--can earn continuous learning points on the basis of 1 point per 1 hour of time devoted to the activity.
First, we are excited to announce that starting with this issue, ASCA is now offering PSC readers the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for reading articles in the journal.
TAPPI will award Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to those who successfully complete one or more CD-ROMs.

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