1G CELBAN Writing: How would you correct this?

Dear Friend

June 10, 2012 at 10 am. Sara, a 14 y/o girl who had been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, came to clinic with her mother. She complained of dizziness and feeling of fatigue.

What are the correct collocations for the sentence in purple? How would you correct it? There are several ways of doing it. Test your knowledge of medical collocations.


8 responses to “1G CELBAN Writing: How would you correct this?

  1. Hi Kim. I received my Celban results and didn’t meet the required score. I sent a request of appeal for consideration since I had a complained being distracted during the test. We were given instructions that a video will be played along with an audio for a conversation in the group test. Most of us are bothered and lost when there was no video played at all. No one interrupted the test since we are instructed not to interrupt once the test started. I hope celban would give consideration with this concern.

    • Dear MJ,
      Technology is often a problem during the exam, and it is the one thing you can not control. However, the fact that no one said anything is a problem!
      In Canada nurses can not be meek, shy or quiet. Nurses must be able to advocate for patients and be able to be accountable for their actions. Anyone taking the exam and not demonstrating initiative and confidence, during speaking, is missing the point. Standing up for yourself, and your patient, is important. The CELBAN is an excellent place for you to demonstrate the skills and self worth to do so.
      I know when people are ready for the speaking part of the exam when they have learned to speak do this with strength and confidence. That is what it takes to be a nurse in Canada. So, I hope that you look for opportunities to learn and grow in this area. It is vital to your nursing career!

  2. What about “Patient is complaining of dizziness and fatigue since last 2 days.”

    • Hello N,
      That is a good suggestion.
      Do you know the difference between when to use: since, or for?
      What is the difference between what you wrote and:
      “Patient has been complaining of dizziness and fatigue for the last 2 days.”

  3. She revealed that she had ben experiencing dizziness and fatigue on physical exertion for last cople of days.

    • Nice phrasing, Mandeep. (There are a few spelling/typing mistakes though.)
      I think the medical collocation would be “upon physical exertion”.
      I just started to google this phrase so see what would come up and sure enough there were two options provided: headache upon physical exertion, dizziness upon physical exertion.
      Why do you think it is “upon” rather than “on”?

  4. she complaint dizziness.

    • Dear Param,

      This is a good attempt. There are two options:
      1. She complained of dizziness, or
      2. Her chief complaint was dizziness.
      There are also other options with the word dizzy.
      * She felt dizzy.
      * She complained of feeling dizzy.
      Look up the words dizzy and dizziness and see what you discover.
      By the way, these expressions are medical collocations. It is important to study your medical collocations/expressions/phrases. They are often a weakness for many IENs. Please check out the suggested resources for writing at http://www.celban.biz. They can be purchased new or used or borrowed from a library.
      Take Care,

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