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250+ Nursing Abbreviations

The abbreviations that are used by nursing professionals people to write a description are known as Nursing abbreviations.

Here is the list of the most common nursing abbreviations.


HIV human immunodeficiency virus
PIH pregnancy induced hypertension
UA urinalysis
ii 2
A&O alert and oriented
NKDA no known drug allergies
PC after meals
OTC over the counter
RA rheumatoid arthritis
CAB carotid artery bruit
FAS fetal alcohol syndrome
PID pelvic inflammatory disease
H/O history of
EDD estimated delivery date
DOT directly observed therapy
LBW low birth weight
LLQ left lower quadrant
EBL estimated blood loss
PO per os (by mouth)
BMI body mass index
URI upper respiratory infection
LUL left upper lobe
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
ABD abdomen
q2h every 2 hours
VSS vital signs stable
FT full term
PD Parkinson’s disease
F fahrenheit
Rx treatment
T&C type and cross (blood)
SOB shortness of breath
HBV hepatitis B virus
NVD normal vaginal delivery
AIDS acquired immune deficiency syndrome
ECASA enteric coated acetylsalicylic acid
VH vaginal hysterectomy, hallucination
MVA motor vehicle accident
PKD polycystic kidney disease
JCV JC virus
COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
DO disorder
DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual on Mental Disorders
GH growth hormone
STD sexually transmitted disease
BRP bathroom privileges
P pulse
FB foreign body
GHRH growth hormone releasing hormone
LAD leukocyte adhesion deficiency
FNF finger to nose
qd once a day
GTT glucose tolerance test
iii 3
WNL within normal limits
COLD chronic obstructive lung disease
CBC complete blood count
GA gestational age
S without
PAP pulmonary artery pressure
O2 oxygen
NAD no acute distress
PNS peripheral nervous system
DOA dead on arrival or date of admission
VIP voluntary interruption of pregnancy
UO urine output
ON optic neuritis
OSA obstructive sleep apnea
TAB tablet
HR heart rate or hour
BID bis in dies (twice a day)
EGC early gastric cancer
RUQ right upper quadrant
PA or PT patient
FSH follicle stimulating hormone
iv 4
HA hemolytic anemia
qid four times a day
LUQ left upper quadrant
MG milligram
PE pulmonary embolism
GTT glucose tolerance test
FB foreign body
In vitro in the laboratory
FRC functional residual capacity
qod every other day
BAL blood alcohol level
RA right atrium
CBF cerebral blood flow
TGA transient global amnesia
AD right ear
CF cystic fibrosis
NTG nitroglycerin
TB tuberculosis
FM fetal movement
qh once every hour
WT weight
ECV external cephalic version
HCV hepatitis C virus
NPO nothing by mouth
HR heart rate
OPD outpatient department
v 5
IVIG intravenous immune globulin
ECC emergency cardiac care
PCP primary care physician
TAH total abdominal hysterectomy
FOBT fecal occult blood testing
F/C fever, chills
CP chest pain
IUPC intrauterine pressure catheter
IVF in vitro fertilization
ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
CAP capsule
OU both eyes
PCN penicillin
ARDS adult respiratory distress syndrome
CABG coronary artery bypass graft
ARF acute renal failure, acute rheumatic fever
i 1
Nat/O birth
RBC red blood cell
DOB date of birth
ECMO extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
PEEP positive end expiratory pressure
JVD jugular venous distension
CBD common bile duct
IDDM insulin dependent diabeter mellitus
WB whole blood
TBI traumatic brain injury
VS vital signs
SBS shaken baby syndrome
BAD bipolar affective disorder
CHF congestive heart failure
AU both ears
ER emergency room
SC/SQ subcutaneous
OS left eye
HDV hepatitis D virus
IP inpatient
HA headache
RUL right upper lobe
RXN reaction
DVT deep venous thrombosis
IPF idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
IBW ideal body weight
OD right eye
JRA juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
FHR fetal heart rate
HDL high density lipoprotein
NM neuromuscular
IUI intrauterine insemination
HTN hypertension
Rx prescription, treatment
Dx diagnosis
MCO managed care organization
LLL left lower lobe
CP cerebral palsy
MDD maximum daily dose
US ultrasound
N/V nausea vomiting
HPA hypothalamic suppression test
qhs at bedtime
UE upper extremity
TIW three times a week
GU genitourinary
BP blood pressure
ICP intracranial pressure
IV intravenous
qpm every evening
HPI history of present illness
IQ intelligence quotient
AC before meals
PRN as needed
FNA fine needle aspiration
T temperature
C/F chills, fever
HS hour of sleep (bedtime)
FROM free range of motion
GLT glucose loading test
MD muscular dystrophy
CAD coronary artery disease
AOB alcohol on breath
KS Kaposi sarcoma
IBD inflammatory bowel disease
SAB spontaneous abortion
IVP intravenous push
BMR basic metabolic rate
IU international units
H20 water
VF ventricular fibrillation
CFT complement fixation testing
HC head circumference
UC ulcerative colitis
WBC white blood cell
LIH left inguinal hernia
BE barium enema
CA cancer
HAV hepatitis A virus
EDC estimated date of confinement
IUP intrauterine pregnancy
H&P history and physical examination
STAT immediately
I&O intake and output
IM intramuscular
OCD obsessive compulsive disorder
ECT electroconvulsive therapy
SX symptoms
q3h every 3 hours
Hb hemoglobin
OPV oral polio vaccine
CV cardiovascular
LOF loss of fluid
DTR deep tendon reflex
IBS inflammatory bowel syndrome
UTI urinary tract infection
FL femur length
FSE fetal scalp electrode
SBO small bowel obstruction
RDI recommended daily intake
BC birth control
MR mental retardation
LBP lower back pain
VB vaginal bleeding
CPR cardiopulmonary resuscitation
ECG or EKG electrocardiogram
RF risk factor
PT physical therapy
BMD bone mass density
RHD rheumatic heart disease
S/S signs and symptoms
ML milliliter
USOH usual state of health
ID infectious diseases
In vivo in the body
BMT bone marrow transplant
Ad lib at will, as desired
BM bowel movement
OCP oral contraceptive pill
TLC total lung capacity
RAD reactive airway disease
ICU intensive care unit
CVA cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
qam every morning
RV right ventrical, residual volume
LV left ventricle
XRT external radiation therapy
FX fracture
CHD congenital heart disease
PMS premenstrual syndrom
EC eye contact
GLT glucose loading test
Bx biopsy
GI gastrointestinal
REM rapid eye movements
I&D incision and drainage
MS multiple sclerosis
AL left ear
EGA estimated gestational age
RDS respiratory distress syndrome
GSW gunshot wound
VBAC vaginal birth after caesarean section
hs hour of sleep (bedtime)
C/S cesarean section
ABX antibiotics
FEF forced expiratory flow


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