Commonly used Nursing Abbreviations


abd  Abdomen 
ac  Before Meals 
ADL  Activities of Daily Living 
ad lib  As Desired 
Adm (adm)  Admitted or Admission 
AM (am)  Morning 
amb  Ambulatory 
amt  Amount 
ap  Apical 
approx  Approximately 
bid  Twice a Day 
BM (bm)  Bowel Movement 
BP  Blood Pressure 
BRP  Bathroom Privileges 
Ca  Cancer 
Cath  Catheter 
CBC  Complete Blood Count 
CBR  Complete Bed Rest 
cc  Cubic Centimeter 
CCU  Coronary Care Unit 
c/o  Complains of 
CPR  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 
CVA  Cerebrovascular Accident, Stroke 
dc (d/c)  Discontinue 
DOA  Dead on Arrival 
DON  Director of Nursing 
drsg  Dressing 
Dx  Diagnosis 
ECG (EKG)  Electrocardiogram 
EEG  Electroencephalogram 
ER  Emergency Room 
FBS  Fasting Blood Sugar 
FF  Force Fluids 
fld  Fluid 
ft  Foot or Feet 
gal  Gallon 
GI  Gastrointestinal 
h (hr)  Hour 
H2O  Water 
HS (hs)  Hour of Sleep 
ht  Height 
ICU  Intensive Care Unit 
in  Inch 
I&O  Intake and Output 
IV  Intravenous 
Lab  Laboratory 
lb  Pound 
liq  Liquid 
LLQ  Left Lower Quadrant 
LVN/LPN  Licensed Vocational Nurse/Licensed Practical Nurse 
LUQ  Left Upper Quadrant 
meds  Medications 
mid noc  Midnight 
min  Minute 
ml  Milliliter 
NA  Nursing Assistant 
neg  Negative 
nil  None 
no  Number 
noc  Night 
NPO  Nothing By Mouth 
O2  Oxygen 
OB  Obstetrics 
OJ  Orange Juice 
OOB  Out of Bed 
OR  Operating Room 
Ord  Orderly 
OT  Occupational Therapy 
oz  Ounce 
PAR  Post anesthesia Room 
pc  After Meals 
Peds  Pediatrics 
per  By, Through 
PM (pm)  After Noon 
po (per os)  By mouth 
postop (post op)  Postoperative 
preop (pre op)  Preoperative 
prep  Preparation 
prn  When Necessary 
Pt (pt)  Patient 
PT  Physical Therapy 
qd  Every Day 
qh  Every Hour 
q2h, q3h, q4h  Every 2 Hours, Every 3 Hours, Every 4 Hours 
qhs  Every Night at Bedtime 
qid  Four Times a Day 
qod  Every Other Day 
Rectal Temperature 
RLQ  Right Lower Quadrant 
RN  Registered Nurse 
ROM  Range of Motion 
RR  Recovery Room 
RUQ  Right Upper Quadrant 
Spec (spec)  Specimen 
SSE  Soap Suds Enema 
stat  At Once, Immediately 
surg  Surgery 
tbsp  Tablespoon 
tid  Three Times a Day 
TLC  Tender Loving Care 
TPR  Temperature, Pulse, and Respiration 
tsp  Teaspoon 
U/a (U/A, u/a)  Urinalysis 
VS (vs)  Vital Signs 
WBC  White Blood Count 
w/c  Wheelchair 
wt  Weight 

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