Spanish for Nurses and Medical Personnel

Welcome! These brief courses are designed not only to help the healthcare provider speak to the patient in Spanish, but also to aid in working in a spanish speaking environment. This is not meant to be comprehensive or all-encompassing in any way. What we have designed here is merely a reference or a tool.

*Any suggestions, ideas, corrections, or guidance are welcome and appreciated! Email me.

Here are NursingPower's brief "online courses" in Spanish:

Spanish 101 includes:
  • Alphabet
  • Nouns
  • Adjectives
  • Conjunctions
  • Questions
  • Verbs 

  • (present tense conjugation)
Spanish 201 includes:
  • Human Body - External Anatomy
  • Human Body - Internal Organs
  • Medical Diagnosis
  • Bodily Fluids
  • Medicines/Administration
  • Measurements
  • Patient Information
  • Essentials
  • Meals
Spanish 301 Still under construction!~! 
But will include:
  • Nursing Assessment:
    • Vital Signs
    • Pain (the 5th vital sign)
    • Level of Consciousness
    • Neurological
    • Respiratory
    • Heart/Chest
    • Abdomen
    • Surgical
    • Dietary
    • Eyes/Skin
    • Excretion

Jarvis, Ana C. and Lebredo, Raquel, Spanish for Medical Personnel - Third Edition D.C. Heath and Company, Lexington, Massachusetts and Toronto, 1988.

A friend from The Nurses' Lounge posted this trick for writing Spanish letters and accents:

Have your number pad in "number lock".
Hold down the "Alt" button while typing these numbers (below), then release Alt.

168 ¿ (upside down question mark)

164 ñ

130 é

160 á

161 í

162 ó

163 ú

173 ¡ (upside down exclamation point)

I will update my site to include correct accent and punctuation ASAP.

Recommended Online References: ~ *Member of the NursingPower Webring*
Spanish books & E-books for Health Care Professionals, Spanish Tele-Classes via Web-Cam, Spanish Interpreter-Translator Services.

Recommended Hard Copy References:
QuickE Spanish for Nurses by Bandido Books (Nurse-owned/operated Company)
Pro-Spanish Healthcare: Spanish for Nurses by Rios, Torres, Fernandez
Essential Spanish for Nurses and Doctors by Alcorta (Professor of Spanish at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas)
*My Jarvis-Labredo reference is out of print.

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