Nurse – Medical English

Medical English Nurse is a medical English podcast for nurses who are studying for an IELTS or CELPIP exam.

Nurse - Medical English

Nurse Medical English podcast

Nurse Podcast Transcription

Hello, and welcome to this edition of One2one podcasts. Today, I’m focussing on the medical sector, particularly nurses taking English exams.

There are two parts: the first will help you pronounce essential vocabulary you will need for an exam, and the second is a listening task to help you identify with spelling.

Good luck with the tasks, and remember, we help prepare you for the IELTS and CELPIP exams. The tasks featured in this podcast will help you with some of the tasks you will be expected to complete in both these exams.

Listen carefully to the following vocabulary:


The patient had a medical condition.


The nurse administered the vaccine.


The Doctor wanted a second opinion.


The hospital was only a 20-minute drive from the City centre.


Outpatient care is available at the clinic.


The patient underwent surgery for a cancerous growth.


Medication is only available on prescription.


A biopsy is needed before a diagnosis can be made.


Outpatients must go to the treatment centre between 8 am and 7 pm.

Medical record

The app provides a medical record for patients.


The wound needed to be cleaned before being assessed.


Intravenous medication acts faster because it flows directly through a vein.


A catheter is a tube inserted directly into the body to drain fluid or administer medication.


The patient was prescribed with a three-week rehabilitation program.

Palliative Care

Palliative care improves the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses.


The Piadiatric department looks after children who need treatment or care.

Nurse Listening Task

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In this next section, there is a short story. Listen carefully and answer the questions below:

Sally was a (1)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ at the Royal Cresent Hospital in London. She was involved in a car accident and underwent (2)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ on her left arm for a torn ligament. 

The (3)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ was very strong, and she was advised not to drive. Initially, her (4) _ _ _ _ _ _ prescribed an intravenous drug, but that was later changed to tablet form when she had a follow-up appointment at the (5) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ centre.

Susan Davis was Sally’s (6) _ _ _ _ _ and always updated her medical records at the end of each visit. Sally had fifteen stitches that were removed three weeks after surgery. The (7) _ _ _ _ _ was then cleaned and dressed. 

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