There are times when knowing a few phrases in a foreign language can make a big difference at work. This is certainly the case for nurses, who sometimes get Spanish speaking patients who are still in the process of getting a hold of English. In this article, we’ll go over 10 common phrases nurses can use at work, as well as a few vocabulary words that may also be useful.
Since these phrases will generally be used in a professional environment, they’ll have a formal tone that can be used to address patients or customers at work. Let’s get started with the first one…
1- How are you feeling today? – ¿Cómo se siente hoy?
Alternatively, you could also say “¿cómo se siente?” to say “how are you feeling?” If you happen to be talking to someone younger with whom you’d like to be less formal; you could replace the word “se” for “te” while adding the letter “s” at the end of “siente” and you’d get a more casual version that would look like this: “¿Cómo te sientes hoy?”
2- How may I help you? – ¿Cómo puedo ayudarle?
3- Are you cold? – ¿Tiene frío?
This is a versatile phrase and you can use it to ask different things. For example, you could replace the word for “cold” in Spanish (frío) for one of these words:
hot – calor
thirst – sed
hunger – hambre
So, if you replaced “cold” for “hunger” you would get this phrase:
Are you hungry? – ¿Tiene hambre?
4- Do you feel any pain? – ¿Siente dolor?
You could also ask “¿Dónde está el dolor?” to inquire about the specific location of the pain.
5- Can you show me where the pain is located using your hands? – ¿Puede mostrarme dónde está el dolor con sus manos?
6- What medications are you currently taking? – ¿Qué medicamentos está tomando?
7- Let me see your throat – Permítame ver su garganta
You could also change the word “garganta” for other body parts such as:
Head – Cabeza
Neck – Cuello
Chest – Pecho
Abdomen – Abdomen
Arm – Brazo
Hand – Mano
Leg – Pierna
Foot – Pie
8- Can you move your hand? – ¿Puede mover su mano?
You can replace “mano” for a different body part and use this phrase to express different ideas.
9- This is going to hurt a little – Esto va a doler un poco.
10 – How may I help you? – ¿Cómo puedo ayudarle?
Alternatively, you could use this question: Do you need anything else? – ¿Necesita algo más?
Would you like to learn more? You can listen to a list of 25 phrases for nurses over here: Spanish Phrases for Nurses
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