Spanish for Nurses iPhone App

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    I was having trouble communicating with a Spanish-speaking patient and to have a translator come to the unit every few hours was getting excessive when we simply needed to take vitals or handle routine interactions. So I pulled out my iPhone and in the app store I found a really cool app that allows me to communicate with the patient. I could either repeat the Spanish that i heard OR I could let it play through the speaker of my iPhone, if I was unsure how to say a specific phrase. The app is called "Spanish for Hospital Nurses" (red icon with a black and white shield) and it only cost me $6.99. You can find it by searching "Command Spanish" in the App Store. I have used it many times and it has been a huge convenience for me. And NO, I have never taken a Spanish class!
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    There are also several free translator apps that do multiple languages, like Translate. It will even speak certain languages.
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    That's good to know. I might have to get that. I don't have time to take a Spanish class right now and I am sure I will need to know a little when I start nursing school this fall.

    Thanks for the tip!
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    I know basic Spanish, but I feel like if you come to this country, you should learn to speak the language. Buying applications for my phone because someone else won't learn the prevailing language seems asinine to me.
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    I found google translate in my iphone and its free...just last week, I had a 65year old spanish patient who had a fractured femur and nobody in our ward knows how to speak spanish.. (although his son is coming to visit her and to translate if in case needed), I found this free application so helpful when communicating with her, she cried actually when I was able to communicate with her and she told her son that I really took good care of her
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    Quote from CaregiverGrace
    I know basic Spanish, but I feel like if you come to this country, you should learn to speak the language. Buying applications for my phone because someone else won't learn the prevailing language seems asinine to me.
    I think the purpose of having some spanish knowledge is to improve the patients care, you should try to give the patient the best care you possibly can disregarding whatever language they speak. You try learning spanish and see how easy that is...
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    Quote from CaregiverGrace
    I know basic Spanish, but I feel like if you come to this country, you should learn to speak the language. Buying applications for my phone because someone else won't learn the prevailing language seems asinine to me.
    This is so true.. but unfortunately reality of life in USA.
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    Quote from CaregiverGrace
    I know basic Spanish, but I feel like if you come to this country, you should learn to speak the language. Buying applications for my phone because someone else won't learn the prevailing language seems asinine to me.
    I know the feeling, I was about to buy Rosetta Stone to learn spanish, but then I thought why should I have to pay $500+ dollars to learn to speak a different language when I am working in the US.... It is very frustrating, but I also want to give my patients the best care I can so I am torn. I think I will eventually invest in this tool because it will be good for my career and my future patients.

    Though in the meantime an app would be good. Thanks for the info!
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    I just got accepted in a ADN program for the fall and medical spanish is part of our program...I think that's great....there's not too many schools that require you to take spanish...but it can be a good tool in nursing....IMO .
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    For anyone wanting to learn another language: I'm learning Spanish at the moment. I love learning new things so I'm loving it. But it's hard. I'm relatively old, so I have a brain that is perhaps a little more resistant; I can tell you that it feels like it's solid cement up there when I'm trying to speak the simple phrases we're learning. Nevertheless, I still believe that it's possible.

    The books I'm using are:
    Basic Spanish by Ana Jarvis, along with Basic Spanish for Medical Personnel. The reviews on Amazon aren't great but most of the bad reviews were remarking on the cost and let's face it, text books are expensive. I think the books are just fine for beginning.

    To understand what is required to learn a new language (and to perhaps inspire any older students) there is a great little book out there called The Word Brain. You can print the PDF or read it online. The author taught himself to speak Arabic at 50, so he is an inspiration to me. He tells you how to learn another language and how much work it will entail. He speaks English and many other languages beside Arabic. If (big if?) you have the discipline, you can teach yourself.

    For Spanish, I've found some great online resources:
    StudySpanish.com
    LoMásTV
    News in Slow Spanish
    BBC Spanish

    Unfortunately, the News in Slow Spanish and BBC Spanish teach the Spanish spoken in Spain, which is slightly different from the Spanish spoken over on this side of the pond. News in Slow Spanish has a Latin America link on every episode and there are also links to two audio books in slow (Latin American) Spanish, which sound great. You need a pretty good vocabulary to understand News in Slow Spanish; it's not for the rank beginner.

    The BBC Spanish beginner's website has a fun interactive murder mystery.

    I'm also going to use the text-to-speech (TTS) software from NextUp called TextAloud to create audio drill sets (think audio flash cards) to build my vocabulary and teach my brain to recognize spoken Spanish. I'm pretty serious about learning Spanish. I'm dreaming about visiting some Spanish speaking locales... But I do hope this will make me more desirable as an employee.

    ˇBuena suerte!
    (Good luck!)
    Last edit by hotflashion on May 4, '11 : Reason: change wording
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