If you are a hispanic nurse or you know someone who is a hispanic nurse... - page 4

can you please tell me your or her success story, how did you overcome your obstacles(I'm not talking about financial aid) did you get respected working as a nurse?:bluecry1::sniff:... Read More

  1. by   Jellicoe13
    That's my problem too...I don't look Hispanic at all...and I too get looked at strangely when I have joined Hispanic associations/causes in the past!
  2. by   RNTwin
    Quote from molly16
    can you please tell me your or her success story, how did you overcome your obstacles(I'm not talking about financial aid) did you get respected working as a nurse?
    what kind of question is this? just b/c i'm hispanic doesn't mean i'm with "housekeeping"
    but really i have never been disrespected as a nurse to be honest i have been many times been praised(if that is the correct word). i guess people have the mentality that "hispanics" can't be educated and must only do "manual labor".
  3. by   NCphoenix
    [quote=mimilinda77;3047543]I am colombian and very light skinned. It's always hilarious to me when patients (and fellow staff-nurses, aides, and MD's) seemed so shocked when I speak to them in Spanish. "I thought you were white" has been said to me on more than one occasion. "You speak Spanish and English so well." is another. My favorite was when I told someone I was from Colombia and they asked, "What part of Mexico is that?". When I responded that it wasn't a part of Mexico, they looked baffled and asked, "Then where is it?" trying my hardest to not be a smartie pants I said to them in my sweetest voice, "It's one of the other 20 countries in the world that use Spanish as its native language." Geez, funny how we all gravitate towards stereotypes (I don't exclude myself in this observation)!

    I'm surprised they didn't know about Colombia and make some kind of drug-related comment. I am fortunate enough to have a truly varied Hispanic background - my mother is Colombian and my father is Peruvian. I was raised in Mexico and in Puerto Rico. I have had all kinds of comments said to me and about me - I am blessed with cinammon-colored skin and jet black hair with my father's high cheekbones. My husband is a "white" blue-eyed Puerto Rican and we have two daughters - both white but one with dark hair and one blond, green-eyed... guess how many people think I'm the Mexican nanny!

    Depending on how my day is going, I'll give a history lesson or just ignore the ignorance. My parents are both very successful, now-retired business owners with a resort-type daily life that most would envy. I grew up quite privileged but that was my parent's money not mine. The point is that most people look at me and make a lot of assumptions, such as I only speak Spanish, might be illegal or am the nanny. They are surprised when I say where I work and would be appalled that I'm giving up this career to go into such a hands-on field as nursing when I could be a doctor.
  4. by   NCphoenix
    Quote from molly16
    I'm asking because I'm a hispanic nursing student and where I live white people are very racist. they really need to know that not all hispanic people are illegal immigrants , that if a person is hispanic that doesn't mean a person is not smart. by the way I asked this question because I wanted to know if hispanic nurses get respected in their jobs . I'm an international student I'm living in this state for about less than 1 year so what hurts me the most is the people of my same country who are rude and make fun of my english accent. for example if you dont have a perfect english pronunciation they always talk to you in spanish but they do it with an bad attitude and very rude. I don't know but I'm trying to change my mind and drop out of my nursing program and do something else.
    Don't give up doing something that you love because there are ignorant people out there. And remember ignorance does not equal racism. Racist behavior can come from anyone, not just a group of white people but from other hispanics or blacks. I have experienced it all in one way or another. You have to pick your battles - some people you can educate and would be surprised as to how open they are and that you may even become friends. Other people just have hatred in their hearts and need to find someone to blame for it and to focus this hatred on. You may eventually move to another state or another area in that same state that will value your knowledge and diversity - don't give up on your dream. Don't let someone else determine what you do with your life. Be an example!
  5. by   NCphoenix
    Quote from Jellicoe13
    That's my problem too...I don't look Hispanic at all...and I too get looked at strangely when I have joined Hispanic associations/causes in the past!
    There is no such thing as "looking Hispanic". Just think of the whole controversy over the terms Hispanic or Latino. Many would not even use the term Hispanic because it references Spain and the domination of the indigenous cultures during the Conquest of South America. The term Latino encompasses better the U.S. experience of the people of Spanish descent without the negative connotations of the Conquest. Just by using the phrase of "looking Hispanic" there is an implication that Hispanics or Latinos should all be brown-skinned and dark-haired. My "white, blond, blue-eyed" husband is offended when someone tells him he doesn't look Hispanic or that they didn't realize he spoke Spanish. He doesn't like to think that it was his Spanish ancestors who decimated the Taino culture in Puerto Rico. As much as he may love the food and wine of his ancestors from the Canary Islands and Barcelona, comments like those show another side of racism - the assumption that you shouldn't "look white". Even when people look at my daughters, they look at me and wonder what happened - why is she blond? I feel like I have to give a whole lecture on the history of Latin America and genetics (my mother is a green-eyed red-head).

    Anyway, what many people in the United States do not realize (because it is not part of the school curriculums) is that the Latino culture is extremely varied. The history and culture is diverse, the food is incredible, the landscapes are gorgeous. Even though there are so many countries that speak Spanish, the language itself varies from one country to another. I work in clinical research and we work with clinical sites in numerous countries. Pharmaceutical countries is expanding into Latin America because it is cheap right now to conduct research in these countries and the populations are good for clinical trials. As a global company, my employer has realized that you cannot translate a protocol for Mexico and have it work in Argentina or in Spain. Although people from these countries are able to communicate, the language is different.

    Well, I'd better stop now... I could keep going and going on this issue.
  6. by   greatgirl123
    Quote from DonaldJ
    What a bizarre question. I guess I'm just culturally ignorant, but I've never heard of hispanic nurses as a group being treated with less respect than nurses of any other ethnicity. I've worked with many hispanic nurses and have never had an issue with them based on their race.

    What leads you to believe that hispanic nurses are less respected?

    I'm not hispanic, but they are less respected, unfortunately...
  7. by   nursemimi08
    Do you ever find yourself denying or tempted to deny that you speak Spanish? Most of the time, I am happy to be a nurse to a Hispanic family. I do find fulfillment in their gratefulness and my appreciation of the culture. But there have been times that it seems that my assignment has been based on my language skills. Isn't this kind of racist? I am happy to help but with difficult families or anxious families, they really grasp onto me, questioning everything and wanting so much. Sometimes I wish I could just say that I don't speak Spanish, like the other nurses, rush into the room, do my thing, and leave without saying a word. But then I realize, if I acted like them, I wouldn't really be doing my job. How do you all handle these situations?
  8. by   SusieQu
    hi, My name is katherine and I am hispanic nurse RN I came here and apply for CGFNS (Comission of Graduates Foreing Nursing Schools) I sent all the certifications and school transcripts to CGFNS I'm taking TOEFL (test of english as a foreign language) exam in November wich is a requirement and they request to take the CGFNS certification exam, do you know something about that exam? if I pass that exam I can take NCLEX-RN exam. I dont know any hispanic nurse around here I would appreciatte your help, thanks byebye
  9. by   orangepink
    I migrated to the US from Asia 5 years ago. I immediately applied for nursing school and graduated in the ADN program by 2008. I used to work home health and though there were many nurses in that agency, one Hispanic nurse was in-demand because she was the only one who could speak Spanish and most of the patients in that agency were Hispanics. I didn't mind at first but I put my foot down when this Hispanic, Spanish-speaking nurse requested for a pay raise because she was doing more work than the rest of us.

    Technically, she is right. She does get most of the patients but that is only becaue she is the only one who could speak Spanish. The agency had a translator but he was always late for appointments.

    Here is what bothers me and if I offend anyone of you, I apologize. This is a public forum after all.

    As an Asian, I work extremely hard to speak English even when it's my 2nd language. I work hard to eliminate my thick Asian accent so my patients could better understand me when I'm talking. That is the depth of my dedication and commitment. I also have a lot of Asian friends who are RNs from China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea who study and practice English for a long time so it is really an insult when Spanish-speaking nurses are given more preference at work or at job interviews. It feels like all our efforts to assimilate are ignored and certainly not appreciated. I have nothing against the Hispanic culture but I came to this country hoping for EQUALITY. And EQUALITY should be consistent among all cultures.
  10. by   NurseKerry
    This nurse has an in demand skill which works well for her because she took a job in an area where she can excel with this skill. If you want the same success, put yourself into a community where your first language is as useful. I speak one language. I applaud anyone who learns a second language and applaud them further for making the most of it.
  11. by   NaKcl
    I agree with NurseKerry,

    Speaking another language is a skill.
    If you have extra skill that will benefit the company, you deserve extra compensation.
    It is not fair to the spanish speaking nurses to do extra work for no additional pay.
    that is not an equality to them.
  12. by   orangepink
    ^ I still disagree. That's not a very convincing argument. Extra skill is defined by training and work experience.

    Also, what makes you say that she's taking the extra load? She gets assigned to all the Hispanic patients. If she's overwhelmed with the number of patients, then all she has to do is decline the assignment. She's not doing extra assessments, extra charting, extra anything. The non-Spanish speaking nurses do not even ask her to translate on their behalf.

    Again, I strongly reiterate that English is the official language of this country but with your kind of mindset, I wouldn't be surprised if that changes by 2050. Sadly, it seems that we have different definitions of equality.

    But I rest my case. I don't want to hash it out here. I'm just hoping that US Congress will do what's right and fair to all with immigration reform.
  13. by   NoFlorenceRN
    I am a Spanish nurse. I did not learn Spanish in my home unfortunately because my mother was caucasion and my father from Spain. However, I busted my tail in High School and college to learn the Spanish language just because I knew it was a handy skill (I live in California and grew up with a lot of illegal alien schoolmates back when illegal alien's kids could attend public schools).

    Here is my beef. I have worked in several hospitals over the past 20 years where there were not a lot of Spanish speaking healthcare professionals. What happens is this. Even though I carry my maximun load of patients, I am often called away to translate for other nurses and physicians. I am happy to do so when I am not busy. However, we all know that with staffing shortages being what they are, I am ALWAYS up to my you-know-what in my own work.

    I do not think it's fair that I should be expected to translate for other patients. I understand the need, but that is why hospitals have to contract with telephone translators. I get that these are a pain and awkward to use...but they are there. It's just that I am more convenient.