Filipino Nurses - page 5

I'm new to this bulletin board and I hope I can post some interesting thoughts for our nursing discussions. Something I've been thinking about recently is Filipino nurses. I've recently been the only... Read More

  1. Visit  Tweety profile page
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    "FOr those of you who have no clue, THERE IS NO OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IN THIS COUNTRY!!! You may think it is English, but that is just what you get for thinking."


    No, but 300 million people speak it here. Last time I checked it was the language of choice for education and business here. That may be changing though.


    BTW, this thread is 4 years old. The people of "you people" may not be reading this website anymore.
    Last edit by Tweety on Jul 1, '05
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  3. Visit  analiezel profile page
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    thank everyone for their responses. I am what i consider Asian American (not oriental american hahha!!) Born in the USA of Filipino parents, but bilingual or I guess trilingual. I do speak tagalog, ilocano (a philippine regional dialect) and english equally fluent. I for one, love the fact that i have 2 cultures which I love equally the same.

    I do find it offensive to be called oriental, for "oriental" refers to things not person. I even find it more offensive when I am called "that chinese girl" by collegues and even patients. China and the Philippines are two different countries :chuckle and I don't even look chinese! The USA is a more diversed world and its only gonna get more so, people need to realize this and not to, I think is pure ignorance. Seminars and inserices are available on cultural diversity and everyone should attend.

    As of talking Tagalog in front of other people, I always make it a point not to. Esp. in front of pts and families. I do let my coworkers know that this is impolite and offensive. Some filipinos speak it so naturally that they don't even mean to do it. And it needs to be brought to their attention POLITELY. I think it should also be mentioned during general oreintation or during staff interviews that this should be something to avoid.

    I believe that the reason why they speak tagalog is... Filipinos feel more at home this way, this still doesn't make it right but just think that some of these nurses have uprooted themselves from their homeland and have left their families behind. Filipinos are known to work their butts off, prolly more than 60 hours per week just to keep from feeling homesick not being sentimental but simple things like this makes them feel at home. Try not to be paranoid , it is not in our nature to talk about YOU in our native tongue. All I can say is, if its offensive, let them know... just do it politely, i am sure they would understand.
    Last edit by analiezel on Jul 2, '05
  4. Visit  alyca profile page
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    Quote from Tweety
    "FOr those of you who have no clue, THERE IS NO OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IN THIS COUNTRY!!! You may think it is English, but that is just what you get for thinking."


    No, but 300 million people speak it here. Last time I checked it was the language of choice for education and business here. That may be changing though.
    so if your friends decide to jump off a bridge, I guess I know where to look for you

    Just because a bunch of people do something a certain way doesn't automatically mean that every other way is wrong

    And, as of 2003, per the www.census.gov website, there were 33.5million foreign-born people living in the US (not including any who are institutionalized). That is a big chunk of people. And, by 2050, the white/non-hispanic community will make up only 50% of the population, and will no longer be in the majority. Its called a melting pot.
    Last edit by alyca on Jul 1, '05
  5. Visit  SeekingNur profile page
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    Quote from Teshiee
    I agree with the cultural diversity course. Many people assume something about an ethnic group and all hell breaks loose. I say at least be on the up and up. I know respect is diverse in its own way. I am a Negro and I personally don't have a problem with anyone of any culture accept ignorant, trifling, individuals and those transcend all ethnic groups. I will give anyone a chance I look at their character not their ethncity. Working in California I have to say I love the diversity. Pot lucks are really special we bring our heritage and stories to the table. I love it.

    Did you really just say that you are a Negro? Are you American?
  6. Visit  SeekingNur profile page
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    Quote from r_janice
    I do agree with this statement. Im the secretary for the nursing supervisors of a psychiatric institution, and all three shift supervisors are Philipino. The 7-3 supervisor is not only bossy but an extreme control freak.

    Just wanted to add alittle of my opinion to your opinion.

    Can't people in any group be bossy?
  7. Visit  alyca profile page
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    Quote from SeekingNur
    Can't people in any group be bossy?

    my point exactly


    lets not just throw out stereotypes and try to pigeonhole people.
  8. Visit  NannaNurse profile page
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    We all have our opinions and THAT is what makes this great country great. Without it, we might as well pack up and find another place to live............We all have a right to say what we feel and what we think. Yes, this is the great melting pot of the world, but there are still alot of people who just don't like others who come into this country and act like we owe the world to them.....some of these people I work with do.

    I know that we worked closely with the Philippean gov't......but to our older folks, "Asias are Asians" as one of my patients put it.

    Some of you are so narrow minded that you can't appreciate the thoughts and opinions of others..........'shame on us????'...........SHAME ON YOU!!
  9. Visit  fergus51 profile page
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    Personally, I'll rag on the foreigners for their poor English once the Americans start speaking properly as well.


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