Race relations and nursing enviroments - page 4

I have been told by a rumour that there are racial tensions between the black and white nurses and that the black nurses were forced to leave some hospitals due to the hostile conditions. Is there... Read More

  1. by   Shapeless
    David, may I ask...............

    Does it make a difference to your acceptance if you speak french?
  2. by   DavidFR
    Quote from Shapeless
    David, may I ask...............

    Does it make a difference to your acceptance if you speak french?
    Yes, I think so. Though when I arrived here over three years ago I had only intermediate French and still didn't feel particularly excluded. They do object to anglophones who come here and expect everybody to be fluent in English just for them. They are perhaps lass tolerant of the immigrant that's been here 50 years and still only speaks Arabic, whereas in Britain we'll put up hospital signs in Asian languages etc. The French can't understand anybody coming to live here not making an attempt to learn the language, and it's a basic requirement if you want to take French nationalty. They're accused of chauvanism over this, but personally I think it's reasonable.

    The French are very defensive about their language. They've seen it slip from being 'the' international language, the language of diplomats to being a very minor player on the world stage, and they're aware it's in regression internationally as English takes over. If you, as a foreigner, show interest in learning their language, they are flattered and generally love you for it.

    I will say that when I first arrived here and did agency, I was never greeted with the eyes that looked up to the sky etc. Everybody in those early days was welcoming and helpful, whereas in London I witnessed many an agency nurse treated badly because they were "just off the boat"

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