Spanish for L&D nurses

  1. Hey, I am graduating in 2 weeks and have been working on an L&D unit for almost a year, and I love it! I know this is my "niche". My question is, does anyone know whether or not there is something out there for Spanish for L&D nurses? We have a lot of spanish-speaking clientele and I really would like to communicate better with them. Any ideas? Thanks!
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    You can buy medical Spanish books, specifically designed for nurses/doctors. I also recommend conversational Spanish classes at your local college/ university. I am fortunate to speak Spanish fairly fluently. It's been really helpful in my practice. I am glad you are interested in learning, as well. Worth endeavor. Good luck.
  4. by   HappyNurse2005
    We have a large hispanic population, though we are not in texas/california/florida where you might expect it. Virginia, actually.
    so many of them, that the clinic has a spanish interpreter on staff. we have a language line we can call and help us interpret, but it kinda stinks. takes forever.
    i can muddle through, if they are willing to work with me.
    i can say "i am a nurse" (soy enfemera) "my name is...."(me llamo .....) do you have no pain, a little pain or a lot of pain? do you need medicine for pain? push, again, one more time, good, etc etc etc.

    not adequate, but i can muddle through.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
  6. by   onehusbandsevenkids
    Here something I plan to buy:

    Spanish For Midwives & Childbirth Professionals
  7. by   LDRNMOMMY
    Quote from HappyNurse2005
    We have a large hispanic population, though we are not in texas/california/florida where you might expect it. Virginia, actually.
    so many of them, that the clinic has a spanish interpreter on staff. we have a language line we can call and help us interpret, but it kinda stinks. takes forever.
    i can muddle through, if they are willing to work with me.
    i can say "i am a nurse" (soy enfemera) "my name is...."(me llamo .....) do you have no pain, a little pain or a lot of pain? do you need medicine for pain? push, again, one more time, good, etc etc etc.

    not adequate, but i can muddle through.
    We have 1 "official" spanish interpreter at our hospital. He only works 8-4 though. We also have the Cyracom phones, which are horrible. Plus when a Hispanic multip comes in through triage sometimes you don't have enough time to try to muddle through with the phone! It takes forever. There are also a few staff down in the OR but who knows if they will be working and available when needed. We have a very large Hispanic community here.
  8. by   DoubleblessedRN
    I'm just finishing up OB in nursing school. In my textbook, there are many common questions and phrases in every chapter. It is titled "Maternity Nursing 7th Edition," the authors are Lowdermilk and Perry and the ISBN number is 0323033660.
  9. by   Yuliya3
    I love " Manual for relatively painless medical Spanish" by Ana Malinow-Rajkovic ISBN 029275146X . It's easy, funny and it has OB and GYN sections.
  10. by   mitchsmom
    If anyone is interested, ILCA also has a Spanish breastfeeding glossary (only $2.50):
    https://www.associationhome.com/ilca...t_products.cfm
  11. by   Nurseintraining77
    My alma mater offers a 7 week Spanish for healthcare workers course in their continuing education program. Perhaps a local public university or community college in your area does the same?

    For what it's worth the program here uses this book: "Medical Spanish: A Conversational Approach." and it has a corresponding audio CD. ISBN: 0030311063. My city has a large Spanish speaking population as well and I plan to also take a course if I can fit it into my schedule

    Hope that helps!!
  12. by   RN BSN 2009
    I'm getting a med term dictionary for french I dont know how useful it will be but i'll give it a try!
  13. by   HappyNurse2005
    Here is my most important question:
    how do you say cervix in spanish?

    ya know, "el doctor va a examinar tu cervix" "el cervix esta tres centimetros".......
  14. by   ABQLNDRN
    Although in another post I mentioned something that may seem contradictory to this, I am always trying to improve my Spanish and am also searching for a good Spanish/English book. I saw one laying around at work one day that seemed pretty good--when I find it, I'll pass along the title.

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