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To stem nursing shortage, state plans to send bilingual students to Mexico, but some say money would be better spent in California With nursing schools in California falling several thousand... Read More

  1. by   caliotter3
    I've seen ads to teach in LPN/LVN programs and am now very leery after reading your post and listening to what my daughter told me about the program she went through.
  2. by   vivibonita
    I wonder... if Spanish speaking nurses are so needed right now...why not include a class in medical Spanish in the curriculum of a nursing program?? Hospitals can also include a crash course on that during orientation, or even offer it to current employees...

    Just a thought

    Vivi
  3. by   Sheri257
    This makes me so ANGRY!!! There is NO nursing shortage, not even in California.

    Let's get real here. The hospitals don't want to pay nurses more (hence the reason we have so many strikes lately in California).

    So they keep screaming shortage and try to put the burden on the schools to churn out more new grads. The schools buy into this nonsense because they need the hospitals for money and clinical sites.

    The California Department of Corrections pays great money ... $90K to start ... over $100K in three years with great benefits ...

    And they have 3,500 nurses on a waiting list begging for jobs ... typically 30 RN's for each opening unless the facility is located out in the boonies.

    So don't tell me there's a nursing shortage ... there isn't. There's just a shortage of hospitals willing to pay .... period, end of story.

    Sending people to Mexico for school? THIS IS ABSURD !!!!

    :angryfire
  4. by   TrudyRN
    Well, gee, we've sent our jobs overseas and south of the border, so why not help NAFTA and other "one continent/one nation" along? :angryfire Bye bye, Miss American Pie and our nation as we know it.
  5. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from vivibonita
    I wonder... if Spanish speaking nurses are so needed right now...why not include a class in medical Spanish in the curriculum of a nursing program?? Hospitals can also include a crash course on that during orientation, or even offer it to current employees...

    Just a thought

    Vivi
    One course would not be enough. A person is either bilingual or not. If I ask you, "?Tiene dolor?" and you give me a 2-minute answer, how will I know what you are really saying? Or if you simply say "Si" or "No" - then what?

    Your idea is good as far as it goes and it is a start. But it is only a start and does not go far enough.
  6. by   vivibonita
    I realize one course wouldn't be enough... I agree with you, in part, because I didn't mean one course literally. Most Filipino (sp?) nurses have to take English as part of their curriculum, if they want to come here... most of them are great nurses and are able to communicate perfectly with pts. A 2 minute answer? Maybe you need to redirect your pts... I am a Spanish speaker, and I try to keep pts on track.

    I know this is only a start, and like I said: it was just a thought (still is).... It would be great to have something that takes nurses past the "si" or "no" ... don't you think?

    I was talking to someone, and this person told me " well, if they don't speak English, tough! When in Rome do as the Romans." ... and I think, yes that would be great and ideal but is not a reality... as nurses we should strive to better take care of our patients, if this helps it would be wonderful. Isn't because of them that we are in this profession? ...

    Back to the topic: maybe this would be a great idea to get more people interested in getting into nursing, also we have to find out more about this... will this program deliver excellent nurses? or mediocre ones? will this positively affect our growing pt. population? what other incentives are going to be offered to those future nurses that don't have the "bilingual" qualification?

    Peace,

    Vivi




    Quote from TrudyRN
    One course would not be enough. A person is either bilingual or not. If I ask you, "?Tiene dolor?" and you give me a 2-minute answer, how will I know what you are really saying? Or if you simply say "Si" or "No" - then what?

    Your idea is good as far as it goes and it is a start. But it is only a start and does not go far enough.
  7. by   RNgonewild
    What will they think of next? lol!

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