Foreign Languages

  1. Will anyone hear be taking a foreign language to prepare them for the diverse patients they will be encountering as a nurse? if so what language will you be taking or have already taken?
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   rnnurse2be
    I have thought and thought about this. I was seriously considering Spanish (1 and 2) and sign language. I thought those two would be of great benifit to nursing where I live.

    Still havent decided if I am to do it or not...
  4. by   iliel
    Spanish Spanish and more Spanish. I grew up in So Cal and I can't tell you enough how important it is. You don't have to be anywhere near fluent, but just knowing some helps! Esp. Spanish in relation to medical term.
  5. by   Cynthiann
    I definitely plan on learning spanish especially since it's a strong possibility of me moving to Texas. I eventually want to learn other languages but spanish would be the most important/useful.
  6. by   zacarias
    Hey there,

    Having become fluent in Spanish before nursing school, I realize now how valuable that is. I'm moving to the south probably next year and Spanish will be useful there even more than it is here.
    I'm not satisfied though. I plan to learn Chinese and ASL before too long because I love languages, other cultures, and want to benefit the most amount of people I can.
  7. by   camkib
    I've registered for Spanish III for Fall semester. I want to become fluent. I think I'm pretty good, but not where I want to be yet. Knowing another language is always an asset in any career and I encourage everyone to learn as much as they can!
  8. by   marilynmom
    I dont have to take any foreign language, but I do plan to take some Spanish eventually.- I think it can only help.

    I can also sign pretty ok since a lot of my family is deaf so that is cool.

    Excellent question.

    Marilyn
  9. by   Gampopa
    I'd really, really, like to take spanish. In Colorado there's a big population of spanish speaking folk and having that language would be really beneficial.
  10. by   eltrip
    Spanish & ASL will be invaluable to you. If you learn how to lip-read as well, it can only help.
  11. by   NICU_Nurse
    I want to urge each and everyone of you out there to learn ASL, even if all you ever learn is the alphabet!!! This is INVALUABLE to a deaf or hearing impaired person who cannot communicate through writing, and I have encountered more than one of these types of patients before. Often, the translator is not available around the clock (and instead only at certain times of the day when you have to try to cram in all of the questions and teaching into one session) and these patients are left with no means of communication. I am the only person on my unit who knows ASL (and I'm no expert, but I purposely learned important phrases and words) and I have used this at least three times in the last year when no one else was available.

    The hubster and I are working on the Espanol, but me no speaky very good.
  12. by   fnimat1
    I have been seriously thinking about taking Spanish. I took Spanish 1, 2 and 3 in H.S. but it's been 12 yrs....so I'm a little rusty. I just make take Spanish 1 along with A & P 2...if I'm not accepted.


    Fatima
  13. by   asianichelle
    Thanks everyone for your replies I am thinking about taking Spanish but someone told me that taking Portuguese would be more beneficial because not only will I understand Portuguese but also Spanish.....but, I'm still deciding.
  14. by   zacarias
    Asia,

    I strongly recommend Spanish over Portuguese. You will use Spanish with countless patients (young and hold) and they will be grateful for you ability to speak with them. While some Spanish-speakers can understand some parts of Portuguese, it's not something to bet on especially if you get an old person who's confused; it will be too much for them to try to make out the Portuguese.
    However, if you learn Spanish and happen to have a Portuguese-speaking patient, you will be probably be able to communicate enough to help them out.

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