Specialist Language Courses

Online English for Nurses – Getting the Essentials Right

English for Nurses
Share This Post

SLC’s 100-hour, CPD-accredited, online English for Nurses course, Getting the Essentials Right, is specially designed for international nurses wanting to work in an English-speaking environment.

English for Nurses: Getting the Essentials Right was written by SLC’s Head of Medical English, renowned writer, lecturer and still-practising nurse, Virginia Allum.

It covers the English required in all the key areas of care, so ensuring safe and effective practice by nurses relocating to an English-speaking environment, including hospitals, private clinics and care homes.

The course builds nurses’ confidence and accuracy when communicating with patients, colleagues, and patients’ families and friends.

The course is set at a B1 or intermediate level on the Common European Framework and will enable nurses to achieve a B2 level in Medical English by the end of the course.

Course Topics include:

  • Talking about the Body
  • Key Medical Terminology
  • Pressure Area Care
  • Preventing Falls
  • Infection Control
  • IV Therapy
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Administrating Medications
  • Giving Accurate Handovers
  • End-of-Life Care

The course is accredited by the CPD Standards Office in the UK. Successful completion is awarded with 80 CPD Points or Hours, which can count towards an international nurse’s revalidation.

Online English for Nurses: Select Testimonials

UK National Health Service

“I like this course very much. It’s a well-written, user friendly programme that will really help international nurses get to grips with the practical language and realities of nursing in the NHS.” Anne Conway, Language and Cultural Awareness Facilitator, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Healthcare Recruitment

“We are very excited about offering this new course as it meets all the requirements for nurses wishing to learn English for their work. It provides the perfect balance of language content and practice, in meaningful situations and after 15 years in the language training and recruitment sectors, I can safely say this is the best of its kind, as it is offers a bespoke solution for all overseas nurses who need to use English in the workplace.” Joshua Goldblatt, Director, Baker Street International, Spain


“I decided to take the course “English for Nurses” because I think this course contains very accurate and useful language in all essential situations at work as a nurse. Particularly, it helps me a lot to perform a better development in my job as a Theatre Nurse in the UK.” Maria, Spanish nurse, St Georges Hospital London

This article uses material from SLC's English for Nursing

The material in these articles and powerpoint come from SLC’s course, English for Nursing. This English for Nurses course teaches you the English you need to study and work in an English-speaking healthcare environment, attend conferences and seminars, and keep up with nursing journals and research written in English.

Are you a student looking for Medical English courses?

SLC’s ground-breaking online Medical English courses gives you the language you need to work, study and collaborate in an English-speaking environment.

Just click on the course and start your Medical English preparation!

FREE Medical English materials for teachers

In Specialist Language Courses we offer free lesson plans to teachers so they can have the best materials to teach their students about Medical English.

You can subscribe to our newsletter where you will receive monthly email with the latest materials that SLC offers for free.

Medical English courses for teaching

We also offer the latest in online medical English resources and materials to transform your teaching programmes and accelerate your students’ learning.

Teachers and institutions use the courses in multiple ways – as digital coursebooks, as supplementary learning, and as part of a flipped classroom approach. We can advise you how to integrate the materials to meet your objectives.

Interested in using our courses? Click here:


Subscribe to our newsletter

Get updates and get the latest materials on Medical English, OET and IELTS

More to explore


Get updates and get the latest materials on Medical English, OET and IELTS.