Fundalmental Skills and Concepts: Appendix b-Abbreviations and Acronyms:Words II

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Nursing Skills I- Second set of Words

mL

milliliter (one-thousandth L)

mm Hg

millimeters of mercury

mph

Miles per hour

MRI

magnetic resonance imaging

NANDA

north american nursing diagnosis association

NAPNES

National Association for Practical Nurse Education and Service. (Founded in 1941. Publishes Journal of Practical Nursing and NAPNES Forum news letter. anyone can join.)

NCLEX-PN

National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses

NCLEX-RN

National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses

NEX

nose, earlobe, xiphoid process

NKA

no known allergies

NLN

National League for Nursing

NPO

Nil per os (nothing by mouth)

NREM

nonrapid eye movement (sleep phase)

NSS

normal saline solution

NWB

nonweight bearing

O₂

Oxygen

OTC

over the counter (ex:nonprescription)

PACU

postanesthesia care unit

PaCO₂

partial pressure of oxygen (that which dissolves in plasma)

PCA

patient-controlled analgesia

PEG

percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy

PEJ

percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy

PERRLA

pupils equally round/ respond to light and accommodation

PET

Positron Emission Tomography

pH

degree of Acidity/Alkalinity

PICC

peripherally inserted central catheter

PPN

peripheral parenteral nutrition

PWB

partial weight bearing

QA

Quality Assurance

RBC

red blood cell

REM

Rapid Eye Movement (sleep phase)

RN

registered nurse

R/O

rule out (either confirm or eliminate)

ROM

range of motion

SAD

seasonal affective disorder

SaO₂

oxygen saturation (percent of hemoglobin molecules saturated with oxygen)

SNF

skilled nursing facility

SSE

soap suds enema

TPN

total parenteral nutrition

TPR

temperature, pulse and respiration

WBC

white blood cell

WHO

World Health Organization

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