Diversity.. at what price?

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    I am working in a large inner city facility. Corporate expounds the benefits of a diverse working culture.

    I understand the benefits of a large pool of talent. There is every nationality on Earth represented in this medical center.

    Recently, I took report from the recovery room. The nurse had such a thick accent , I had to ask her to spell some of the words she was saying. During the shift, I "worked" with a resident that was also very difficult to understand. He is also from a culture that expects women to walk 3 feet behind them. Needless to say.. the communication was difficult and time consuming.
    At the end of the shift, I gave report to a nurse from another culture, that had never heard of the procedure the patient had undergone. Another language barrier ensued as I tried to explain the case.

    I find it interesting that they can understand my mid-west American accent, but not vice-versa. The communication effort is time taking away from patient care.

    I have seen a Chinese nurse, trying to describe a (emergent) patient's condition, over the phone to an Indian doctor, with a nursing assistant yelling in the background trying to interpret for them.

    Is there a solution?
    Joe V, Merlyn, fiveofpeep, and 6 others like this.

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    hijadecalifas, prettymica, rn865, and 28 others like this.
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    fiveofpeep, lindarn, LevitateMe, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from ohiostudent'RN
    Yes, exactly!
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    There are benefits and drawbacks to everything in life, including workplace diversity.
    DFWgal, prettymica, linearthinker, and 7 others like this.
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    prettymica, DaretoDreamRN, lindarn, and 4 others like this.
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    Quote from ohiostudent'RN
    Yup, I'll sit in the sidelines and watch this unfold...
    prettymica, fiveofpeep, GrnTea, and 5 others like this.
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    All posts so far by newbies...Interesting.
    lindarn, Fixit, CloudySky, and 1 other like this.
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    In the words of the infamous Rodney King...."Can we all get along?"

    Thick accents are difficult to deal with, it is frustrating to not be able to communicate. I am somewhat hard of hearing from too much rock and roll, childhood illness, and old age. That can really interfere with my ability to communicate with co-workers and patients. In medicine it is important to communicate well.

    No solutions from me, just lets cut each other some slack, and try to all get along.
    prettymica, DaretoDreamRN, lindarn, and 12 others like this.
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    Quote from johwiklundRN
    Why would you respond with that ? Why bother even answering?
    lindarn, OCNRN63, orthonurse55, and 1 other like this.

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