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1. the use of a meaningful pattern of vocal sounds (or corresponding written symbols) to convey thoughts and feelings, or a system of such patterns that is understood by a group of people.
2. by extension, any of various other systems of communication that use sets of discrete symbols.
3. any of numerous sets of standardized vocabulary terms for use among health care providers in a variety of settings allowing comparisons of care across populations, settings, regions, and time. There are over 30 researched standardized health care languages. Called also standardized vocabulary.
body language the expression of thoughts or emotions by means of posture or gesture.
International Sign language a sign language composed of a blending of vocabulary signs from numerous different countries, sometimes used at international meetings and events of deaf persons; formerly called Gestuno.
natural language ordinary language as used by the speakers of that language, as opposed to a language made up for a special purpose (as for use by a computer system).
nursing language any of various sets of standardized terms and definitions for use in nursing to provide standardized descriptions, labels, and definitions for expressing the phenomena of nursing; some include category groupings of terms. The American Nurses Association has recognized twelve official languages.


The use of spoken, manual, written, and other symbols to express, represent, or receive communication.
[L. lingua]


Etymology: L, lingua, tongue
1 a defined set of characters that, when used alone or in combinations, form a meaningful set of words and symbols that are used for communication.
2 a unified, related set of commands or instructions that a computer can use to perform work.

clinical etiquette

Professional comportment Medical practice The components of medical practice which, in addition to ethics and competence, define what it is to be a physician
Clinical etiquette
Bedside manner Avoid easy familiarity, be attentive of Pts needs, do not eat on rounds
Dress Conservative & appropriate
Grooming Clean, neat, unobtrusive
Language Respectful, at level of audience, non-use of vulgar vernacular or demeaning appellations, discretion regarding others' condition (JAMA 1988; 260:2559)  


The use of spoken, manual, written, and other symbols to express, represent, or receive communication.
[L. lingua]


Use of spoken, manual, written, and other symbols to express, represent, or receive communication.
[L. lingua]


n a defined set of characters that is used to form symbols and words and the rules and connections for combining these into meaningful communications.
language, machine,
n a language designed for interpretation and use by a computer system without translation. Also called
machine code.

Patient discussion about language

Q. what is leukemia in lay person language, what causes it, what are the symptomes, and is it cancer

A. Leukemia is cancer of white blood cells. there are about 6-7 types of Leukemia i think...i'll have to check that one out. it basically means a white blood cell got mutated and started to multiply like crazy. causes severe problems. the types defer in which part of maturation it got cancerous. i hope i helped- if you still need more information, just ask! i'm here.

Q. Do I have to speak Chinese to study Chinese medicine? I’m thinking about studying Chinese medicine next year at a local college. Do I have to study Chinese before I start studying? Will it make any difference?

A. The main language of China is Mandarin. Hong Kong is Cantonese. Tawainese people speak (duh) Tawainese and Mandarin. Then you have like hundreds of other dialects from small provinces and island. I speak Mandarin which is the official language. A lot of Chinese People speak more than one dialect.

If I was you, I would go with Mandarin because it is becoming a standard in China. (Although Cantonese is very very popular in NYC, esp in Chinatown)

There are books at Barnes and Nobles that include audio lesson and video lessons, if you don't want to take a class, you can try that.

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The function of nursing classification: Nursing language provides us with a way to understand what nurses do and how well they do it.
10) An explicit nursing language enables this and can result in far-reaching rewards and consequences.
Irish nursing academic Martin McNamara maintains that tack of a distinctive nursing language has allowed nursing to remain invisible in both the health care and academic environments.
Our proposal is that nursing should engage in a Vigorous debate about what a nursing language will do to further our professional designs, and what language would be best suited to our needs and those of the individuals for whom we care.
WHEREAS, There are standardized nursing languages recognized by ANA and there is use of these languages within many electronic health records in all types of health care settings to communicate nursing assessments, diagnoses, outcomes, and interventions performed by nurses which impact patient care and outcomes, and
WHEREAS, There are many nursing interests such as continuity of care delivery between settings, clinical decision support tools, third party reimbursement, nursing intensity to achieve safe and adequate staffing patterns, the allocation of resources, interoperability among electronic health records or electronic medical records that are advanced when standardized nursing languages are used; and
WHEREAS, the International Healthcare Terminology Standard Development Organization (IHTSDO) purchased SNOMED clinical terms, a reference terminology which includes some but not all standardized nursing languages within the SNOMED-Clinical Terms.
WHEREAS, the standardized nursing languages used within electronic health records can now be exchanged among the providers and with patients through the Iowa Health Information Network by exchanging the continuity of care document and communicated using secure messaging, not all healthcare providers are investing in using newest licensed evidence-based language to keep languages up-to-date within electronic health record system.
Commonly used and recognized standardized nursing language terminologies are listed in Table 3.
Using evidence and standardized nursing language embedded in information technology systems allows nurses and health care providers to act individually or collectively in performing a wide array of information creation and processing activities (Bakken & McArthur, 2001).
Nursing Diagnosis: The Journal of Nursing Language and Classification, 9(3), 111-118.
ALL OF THE AUTHORS ARE members of the Michigan Nurses Association Standardized Nursing Language Task Force.

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