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20 Spanish phrases nurses should know

(Last Updated On: August 21, 2019)

20 Spanish phrases nurses should know

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Knowing one or two more languages aside from your local dialect gives you an edge over others when applying for a job. For nurses, it is impressive to know that they can speak other dialects including Spanish. Knowing other dialects breaks the language barrier between the nurse and the patient. Knowing the basics of another language might save you from stressful situations.

Spanish is one of the most widely used language in the United States. Reports said that there are about 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US as of 2015. The number rapidly grows until now. Learning the basics of the dialect increases the possibility of saving patient’s lives. It is important if we want to discuss health matters with patients that can’t speak English.

This blog will provide some basic Spanish phrases that might help you in dealing with your patients.

Phrases to Introduce Yourself

  1. Hola, me llamo __________________ y soy su enfermera (o).

It means “Hello, my name is ____________ and I’ll be your nurse.”

  1. Como se llama?

The phrase translates to “What is your name?”

  1. Como esta hoy?

It is equivalent to the question “How are you today?”

  1. Ha estado en el hospital antes?

It simply means “Have you been in the hospital before?”

  1. Qué enfermedades o síntomas tiene, de que sepa usted?
  • Ninguna (b) Diabetes (c) Del corazón (d) De los pulmones (e) De los riñones (f)úlceras (g) Presión alta (h) Convulsiones (i) Artritis

What diseases or medical conditions do you have that you know about?

(a) None (b) Diabetes (c) Heart (d) Lungs (e) Kidneys (f) Ulcer (g) High blood pressure (h) Seizures (i) Arthritis

  1. A qué medicinas tiene usted alergia? (a) A ninguna (b) A la penicilina (c) A la vacuna contra el tétano (d) A las sulfas (e) la aspirina

What medicines are your allergic to? (a) None (b) Penicillin (c) Tetanus (d) Sulfas (e) Aspirin

  1. Es un dolor constante o viene y se va?

It means “Is it constant pain or does it come and go?”

  1. Ha aumentado o disminuído el dolor?

It translates to “Has the pain increased or decreased?”

  1. No hablo español muy bien.

It is equivalent to the sentence “I don’t speak Spanish very well.”

  1. Habla inglés?

Do you speak English?

  1. Inclínese hacia adelante.

It means “Lean forward.”

It translates “Inhale.”

  1. Respire profundomente.

Breathe deeply.

  1. Le voy a tomar su temperatura.

It is equivalent to the sentence “I am going to take your temperature.”

  1. No tire la orina / popo.

It means “Don’t throw away urine/ stool.”

  1. Se siente mareado?

Do you feel lightheaded/ dizzy?

  1. Está embarazada?

The sentence is equivalent to “Are you pregnant?”

  1. Ha estado en el hospital antes?

It translates to “Have you been in the hospital before?”

  1. Qué medicinas toma?

It means “What medicines do you take?”

  1. Es un dolor constante o viene y se va?

It translates to “Is it constant pain or does it come and go?”

Aside from the above translations, these other terms might be useful in your nursing jobs.

  1. Tienes preguntas?

Do you have questions?

  1. Le voy a poner una agúja intravenosa en el brazo.

I am going to place an intravenous needle in your arm.

  1. Le voy a poner una inyección.

I am going to give you an injection.\

  1. Quiere bañarse?

Do you want to take a shower?

  1. Quiere ir al baño?

Do you want to use the restroom?

  1. Llame antes de levantarse.

Ask for help before you get up.

  1. Use el botón para ayuda.

Use the call light if you need help.

  1. Permítame.

Permit me.

  1. Regreso en un momento.

I’ll be back in a moment.

  1. No entiendo.

I don’t understand.

  1. Repita, por favor.

Repeat, please

  1. Hable despacio por favor.

Speak slowly, please.

  1. Sientese por favor.

Sit down please.

  1. Parese por favor.

Please stand up.

  1. Siéntese, por favor.

Sit up, please.

  1. Cuántos años tiene usted?

How old are you?

  1. Exhále.


  1. Qué medicinas toma?

What medicines do you take?

  1. Dónde le duele? Aqui?

Where does it hurt? Here?

  1. Désde cuándo lo tiene?

How long have you had it?

It is also important that you study the possible responses for these questions.  You are advised to study the language so that you can provide the proper response and care to your patients.  There are many applications that might help you with your translations.  Applications like the learn Spanish by busuu Limited and Learn Spanish with SpeakTribe might help.  You can also utilize the Medical Spanish Guide & Quiz ad the Medical Spanish (AUDIO) to expand your vocabulary.  You can also search for other Spanish language apps in the app store.

Aside from cellphone and computer applications. You can also ask help from you Spanish colleague or friend.  It is not enough to just rely on apps and books. Experience is the best teacher.   You need to learn from people who speaks the language every day. Learning the language is a challenge at first, but continues practice helps a lot with your learning.

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There are websites and blogs that might help with your plan to speak Spanish.  You can visit the sites that assists nurses like and  You can also purchase a book or a handy Spanish/English dictionary to help you to communicate.

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