Quote from kiyatylese
I understood this post differently. I don't think the PO is upset that you have to know Spanish to work in a certain hospital, but about the fact that "bilingual" only means Spanish/English, and not any other foreign language.
You are right, I see your point, and I understood that from the OP as well. I guess I just put that aside in my mind because for me that wasn't the larger problem. Even though my response was taking us off topic, I felt compelled to state my opinion. The larger problem is that nurses in the US are being required to know another language in order to work in an institution. I am bilingual as well, and no, the other language is not Spanish (as the OP's is not). I understand that learning a second language in school is important for a variety of reasons. I do NOT
agree that knowing a second language in order to have a job in a company/institution within
the US, owned and operated
by English speakers, and servicing persons within
the US (regardless of where they are from originally), should be a requirement. Especially in the case of a hospital where much of the revenue comes from the government in one form or another. As I said in my previous post, if I were in another country, I would never expect
that my nurse had
to know English to treat me. As long as s/he is a good nurse, I'd be fine.
And I agree with the OP that if the ridiculous requirement to be "bilingual" is English/Spanish, that's what the posting should state.