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e-Lexicon

e-Lexicon

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) has revived its lexicon of nursing terminology and converted it into an electronic tool that is easily accessible to all members of CNA.

The new e-Lexicon, which employs a user-friendly search engine, contains translations for terms, expressions, sentences and paragraphs that are common to the nursing and the health field in general.

CNA anticipates that this easy-to-use tool will better support nursing practice and the profession itself through improved communication among health-care professionals and with patients, improved treatment compliance, and retention of nursing personnel in minority settings.

Why CNA created an e-Lexicon

This online nursing terminology database is the result of “Projet soins infirmiers en français” (PSIF), a project jointly funded by CNA and Health Canada/Société santé en français (SSF). The decision to create an e-Lexicon came as a result of research, surveying and a national consultation process, which determined that:

  • many francophone nurses are faced with the challenge of acquiring linguistic skills and maintaining them in a work environment where communication is often conducted in English;
  • in several minority French-speaking communities in Canada, francophone nurses have had to study nursing in English and are therefore more at ease with clinical terminology in English than in French; and
  • anglophone nurses working in minority anglophone settings in Quebec would benefit from having a quick translation tool for medical terms.

Certain entries in this e-Lexicon were provided with permission from Conseil communauté en santé du Manitoba (CCS).