Speaking native languages at work... - page 9

A Sacramento hospital this week passed around a questionare to its nurses. Here is the question... Diversity Council Needs You! To give us input on the question of staff members using their... Read More

  1. by   jnette
    This horse was beat to death.... a LONG time ago. If you'll read on, you'll note that I digressed.. I conceded that in the case of the two housekeepers, as they WERE hospital staff, yes, they should have used more common sense to not speak about a patient in their presence... in ANY language... as employees of the hospital.

    That said, I still think we are too paranoid and have real problems/insecurities with what others ppl "say about us".

    Only here have I found this to be such a major concern... anywhere else this is a non-issue.
  2. by   gypsyatheart
    Originally posted by semstr
    ok, Nannanurse I believe it when you say you tried and tried.
    But don't forget these young women come from a very different background and culture. "Hurry up", "quick" or "stat" are words not very often used (and then with a different timing) in mediterean and balkanese Europe.
    Then as seeing the USA as their new homeland........do they see it like that? Or do they, as refugees I guess, believe they will be going home after a few years. That would make a big difference too.
    Hey, I know it is not easy to work with people with differences in their working ethics, but I don't think this is something just found in foreign nurses, housekeepers etc.
    Take care, Renee
    So you're saying that because these women come from a different cultural/ethnic background, they should be given special treatment? I mean, initially, yeah, take the time to educate them, after that, I'm sorry, there is no excuse for their behavior. I mean a LOT of people, American born, as well, have sufferred trauma or poverty growing up, many people have endured abuse and rape....so that's an excuse for not being appreciative and doing your best when offerred an opportunity to be out of that situation???
    I know I would try with every ounce of my being to be productive and do the job I am BEING PAID to do!!!! JMHO
  3. by   gypsyatheart
    Originally posted by jnette
    This horse was beat to death.... a LONG time ago. If you'll read on, you'll note that I digressed.. I conceded that in the case of the two housekeepers, as they WERE hospital staff, yes, they should have used more common sense to not speak about a patient in their presence... in ANY language... as employees of the hospital.

    That said, I still think we are too paranoid and have real problems/insecurities with what others ppl "say about us".

    Only here have I found this to be such a major concern... anywhere else this is a non-issue.
    LOL! :chuckle I didn't even notice the date on the majority of these posts! You're right, this was a long time ago, I guess someone saw this post and brought it up to date...I hadn't seen it before. Not trying to "beat a dead horse". I finally made it to the last page...interesting reading, though...
  4. by   jnette

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