Quote from Blackman_RN
I'm graduating in may and was lucky enough to be given a verbal offer of employement by a local hospital in nyc. So it makes sense that I've been spending alot time there and at other hospitals in the city. What makes me upset is the fact that many hospitals in NY do not have SPANISH speaking nurses, Doctors or Secretaries!! I dont get it!! How can you be a nurse in NYC and not speak spanish? As a black man who grew up in bronx, I see NY as a multicultural paradise where employement should reflect the diversity of the community.
So I ask you all to demand more diversity in your hospitals here in the City! Its only going to make things better!
By law NYS and NYC hospitals are required to provide translators for persons with limited ability to speak and or comprehend English. Some hospitals such as NYP have an entire department (IIRC) devoted to that service. In addition if one wishes there are post secondary programs where one can be certified in medical translation for various languages. Professional Certificate in Medical Interpreting | New York University - SCPS
Being as all that may to mandate hiring of nurses via race or ethinic backround is simply wrong. There exsist already vast amounts of federal, state and local laws regarding the hiring and or anti-discriminatory actions for various minority groups, we do not require yet another mandate.
Also for the record many "Spanish" or French, Chinese, or whomever nurses/healthcare workers that speak another language do *not* want it known to their employers or co-workers.
While it does seem like a good idea at the start being the nurse or whatever that can speak a certain language can lead to one becoming the instant "go to" person for not only one's own unit/floor but every department in the facility as well. So there you are trying to get your work done and you're being pulled into this patient's room, or paged to go down to the ER, OB/GYN or so forth to act as translator. Maybe you'll be lucky and rules and or your supervisors will deny permission to leave the floor, but if a doctor especially CofS or CofD makes a strong enough request.....