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Guide to Nursing and Healthcare Acronyms and Abbreviations

Nalea Ko, MFA
Updated August 29, 2022
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There are hundreds — if not thousands — of medical abbreviations and acronyms used in nursing. Test your knowledge of nursing titles, degrees, exams, and procedures.
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Don’t know the difference between an Fx and a Dx? Even seasoned nurses on the ward do not know all the nursing abbreviations and acronyms that describe healthcare exams, certifications, degrees, types of nurses, hospital units, and medical charts and records.

Nurses do, however, need to know where to look up these medical abbreviations. This guide covers common — although not all — nursing abbreviations and healthcare acronyms.

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Medical Chart/Record Abbreviations and Acronyms

The following is a list of commonly used terms. Please note that most hospitals will have their own list of approved abbreviations that are allowed to be used in charting and medical recording. Please follow your hospital’s list of approved abbreviations and acronyms.

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