I was wondering if taking a Spanish class or being a bi-lingual (in Spanish) increases your chances of getting hire as a nurse.
Your input is highly appreciated. Thank you very much.
Aug 26, '13
by Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
IMO it can't hurt and could probably help...though how much help that may be can depend on where you are hunting. Knowing Spanish and seeking work in NYC or LA: big help. Knowing Spanish and seeking work in Fargo, ND: probably not as helpful.
Either way, being bilingual is definitely not a negative.
However, in the hiring process, don't expect being bilingual to make up for serious shortcomings/lack of experience or skills.
Last edit by Meriwhen on Aug 26, '13
Knowing more than one language is fantastic, even if the only phrase is "where does it hurt?" When I was a child, I went across the ocean and stayed with family for the summer. They didn't speak any English. I didn't know any other languages, and If somebody spoke any English even if it was broken one word English, I clung to that person.
As an adult, I find that others do the same to me even of I know only one or two phrases.
I pick up languages because I'm not afraid to try them. I speak Spanish, Korean, and sign language. I have a working but terrible vocabulary of Ukrainian and Tagalog. I have only 1 or two phrases in mandarin, French, Italian and Portuguese.
My coworkers have great phrases and useful sentences in several languages, but they are so shy to use them that they eventually forget them.
As a student, you won't be able to say "I have experience and skills." But you can say "I'm learning Spanish" or whatever language.
Last edit by NurseOnAMotorcycle on Aug 26, '13