I am a student, about to begin nursing school in a few months, and I was just wondering whether or not anyone in the nursing community is aware of solid programs or institutions or agencies (etc) that work to serve Spanish speaking immigrant populations within the US?
I am a mediocre Spanish speaker working toward becoming a fluid Spanish speaker and I am interested in serving this population in the future. My best guess is that this demographic is probably undeserved in terms of access to healthcare, especially considering risks they might have to undertake to get conventional healthcare if they are not working in our country via normalized legal channels.
Mar 3, '14
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population estimate, there are about 50.5 million Hispanics representing 16 percent of U.S. population and by 2025 is projected to double. By 2050, minorities will be the majority in America, so being prepared to provide culturally competent care is important. My employer, a Philadelphia home care agency, has teaching material in Spanish, Russian, Polish and now asked by facilities for RN's speaking Mandarin/Cantonese, so they are actively recruiting bilingual staff.
Hispanics and Health Care in the United States | Pew Research Center
The State of Latinos in the United States | Center for American Progress
The Latino Directory: Organizations & Associations
Hispanic Resources - US Department of the Interior
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Mar 4, '14