Medical abbreviations are essential to know in the nursing world. You will need to know these common medical abbreviations for your exams and for your nursing chart.

Most units have nursing communication books to communicate what is going on throughout the week, and most documentations and communication books will have abbreviation.

What does this mean:

55 years old female pt came in with c/o pain AU, VSS, denies N/V/D/C, AAOX3, and ambulatory w/o assistance.

55 years old female patient came in with complaint of pain in both ears, vital signs stable, denies nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation, alert and oriented x 3, and ambulatory without assistance.

These common medical abbreviations is known to medical professionals all over the country. It is essential to learn as soon as possible!