Learning Spanish is a plus, bilingual? trilingual? - page 2

by jtoms | 3,351 Views | 15 Comments

Hi guys, From the articles that I've read, it shows that there is a growing Hispanic population in the U.S. (and other countries as well). Does this mean that we have to prepare ourselves to learn how to speak Spanish, or it's... Read More


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    i work in a city with a high hispanic population. not knowing spanish didnt stop me from getting hired, but man do i wish i knew more spanish. m actually looking into taking some classes. every time i work i always have at least one patient who is spanish speaking only. ive learned some common phrases like "are you having any pain?", "do youu need to use the bathroom?", etc. and we have these nice two way phones that call a translator in almost any language if im really in a bind. luckily there is usually a nurse or an aide who knows spanish working with me as well, but it would totally make my life easier if i knew spanish. if you have a chance to take some spanish classes, do it!


    i am fluent in ASL, which i thought would be really useful. I have yet to have a deaf patient. haha
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    While it probably won't help you get into school or find a job, some ability in a foreign language is a skill that can make your life easier.
    I won't quite call myself fluent in Spanish, but I can maintain a conversation and do patient care. I once had a patient who was Brazilian and spoke Portugese as his first language, but also spoke Spanish. The aide was Spanish speaking, so we picked Spanish as the language to use when his wife wasn't at the bedside to translate into English.
    Learn a new language and suprise your co-workers with you hidden talent!
    NurseOnAMotorcycle likes this.
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    Being bilingual or trilingual is a huge plus nowadays.

    Will it guarantee you a job or admittance to nursing school? No. But it can't hurt...and would more likely help your chances.
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    Quote from healthstar
    I would learn Chinese language instead! China is growing, they have the biggest population! Its not an easy language and i dont like it at all, but it will be totally useful in the future. There are a lot of people who speak Spanish in US, there are so many interpreters. No need for nurses, businessman to learn Spanish .
    Sure, learning Mandarin would be a fabulous skill but:

    (a) I come across few Mandarin-only speakers (and here in NorCal, there's a fairly high density) and even fewer who present without family around

    (b) As with any language, the only way to become proficient is through regular use; unless you have a friend or colleague with whom you can practice several times per week, or a regular patient base in Mandarin, you're not likely to get very far.

    And for emphasis:
    No need for nurses, businessman to learn Spanish.
    I don't know about where you are but in these parts (urban NorCal), we have a hugh Spanish-only population and there aren't that many bilingual staff and even fewer interpreters *readily available* I have found Spanish to be incredibly useful in my day-to-day nursing and mine isn't even that good but it's sufficient for the basics of assessment and care.

    For certain, Spanish is huge and I seriously doubt will be displaced by Mandarin... not even close, in fact.
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    I'm trilingual but dang it if I don't wish one of them was Spanish.
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    We must have several staff members who speak Spanish, and it is an absolute requirement for the RN. Could not function safely otherwise.


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