Cultural conflicts between American born and Filipino nurses - page 2

by numlinium 8,771 Views | 16 Comments

Am collecting experiences from both American and Filipino nurses. I realize individuals cannot be categorized, but am interested in any thoughts on this subject.... Read More


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    i must comment as an native english language speaker that is married to spanish speaking spouse and having lived in many many other countries.

    english is a very difficult language to learn/master. try learning few words phrases of other languages spoken in your workplace. you'll be surprised how many new friends you earn. if on break, who cares, what language their speaking. americans are known throughout the world as arrogant because we think everyone needs to learn english. in this new flat earth it behooves you to learn a little of other languages. in the course of doing our job english by all means by everyone present. if im talking to my wife im talking in spanish and that is it. period. btw my brother in law is phillipino and he makes the best panza yummm. also knowing another language can help you immensely at work. try to picture your self as a stranger from a strange land trying to earn a living. i took CPR in spanish in PR back in the day , that was a struggle. and this was on a us army base. so relax drink the beverage of your choice and lighten up, its not always about you/me. the world is shrinking, and elbow room is getting harder to find.
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    I find that Filipino nurses and those who have worked in the Middle East (UK nurses in this as well--oh and those from India)....

    KICK ASS!

    Seriously, the ones I know are THAT GOOD....

    Hurray for foreign nurses--

    Oh, BTW I was born and raised in America.......trained in America as well......
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    Your in America, keep your culture at home and wail at rock if that is your culture, but when your on my floor your culture plays no role in evaluating your care.
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    I think that it doesnít matter what language they are speaking in. If youíre not included in the conversation, I think it is reason enough to mind your own business. Because if they want to speak ill of a person, they will do so---whether itís in the English language or not.
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    I've worked with a lot of Pinoy and have never had a problem. I also really don't care if people speak another language in my presence. I speak English in front of people who don't understand it all the time.

    I once worked in a group on which I was the only native English speaker. Everyone else spoke Russian and, when they were trying to work out something complicated it was natural for them to use their first language. As a consequence of that, which I quite enjoyed, I started learning some Russian and, once they realized that if their English sometimes cracked me up it was not a slam and that they were more than welcome to crack up at my fractured Russian we had a delightful, educational, and thoroughly useful cultural exchange going on. Symbiosis at its finest.

    Learn from one another. Be open to their ways. Understand that your Pinoy co-workers are killing themselves to send 82 cousins to school and feed the rest and working all the hours they can get to help their families and pick up a little Tagalog.

    I'll tell ya, I left NYC for Vanilla Land and boy, do I miss getting into an elevator and hearing three languages and no English.
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    Quote from SuesquatchRN

    I'll tell ya, I left NYC for Vanilla Land and boy, do I miss getting into an elevator and hearing three languages and no English.
    OMG I feel the same way! I doesn't feel "right" somehow to not hear foreign languages all the time.
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    ok I have to have my say here. I am an American nurse, born/raised here. I have been a nurse for almost 10 yrs. I am well respected by my peers. I have worked on a Filipino dominated floor for a few years now and have seen Filipino nurses break EVERY rule on our floor. I was never racist before and sadly I feel I am beoming somewhat racist b/c of this certain bad group of Filipinos. I have seen first hand Filipino nurses look out only for each other giving each the best assignments, the best schedules, and more leeway than any other ethnic group. One in particular is very unscrupulous and dishonest and most, if not all of these Filipino RN's, disrespect our manager and make fun and ridicule her behind her back all the time. They sit for long extended braeks and lunches on our managers day off and after she goes home.These same nurses not only show favoritism towards each other but also to the Filipino patients on our floor. It is disgusting to see and has taken a toll on me. They constantly break policy by speaking in their language to each other in front of those of us who do not understand. Even after diversity classes and having been told repeatedly NOT to do this as it is rude and unprofessional, they act like the rules do not apply to them.
    I have seen these same RN's treat black and hispanic patients very badly. I have my patients constantly complain about some of these same RN's, mostly about the rude attitude they get. My manager does NOTHING about them. She is new (not Filipino) and I believe intimidated by them and seeks their acceptance as it is an inside joke (not very funny ) that the Filipinos "run" our floor. Or maybe as it has been suggested, she just simply chooses to turn a blind eye.
    Yes there are a few Filipino nurses who I greatly admire and respect, but it seems when they are all together in their group, these few RN's become the same rude, prejudiced, Filipino only speaking RN's.
    I am to the point where I cannot stomach the unfairness and favoritism I am subjected to day in and day out. Please don't get me wrong, I am an EXCELLENT nurse who gives EACH of my patients the BEST care possible no matter WHAT their race. And I am far from the only one who sees these problems with the Filipinos. Many of my coworkers have voiced the same complaints, alas to deaf ears. Most RN's just accept it as I believe it has been like this way before I came to the unit, and some RN's are afraid to **** off some of these Filipinos and get even worse schedules/assignments, or harrassed by them.
    Since I am to the point where I dread going to work these days and feel things will not change, I am actively and aggressively looking to transfer off this unit. in the meantime, is there any advice from anyone on how to deal with these issues? Now, I know everyone is different and I am not generalizing all Filipino RN's, but speaking only aboutthe RN's I work with and what me and many of my peers work with day in and day out. Thanks.
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