If you are a hispanic nurse or you know someone who is a hispanic nurse... - page 2

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

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    Actually in the metropolitan area that I live, being a hispanic nurse is considered to be a big plus. (Of course, assuming the person speaks fluent spanish). Many of the RN jobs in the area advertise for nurses that are bilingual, English and Spanish and courses such as "Spanish for Healthcare Providers" are popular.

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    Quote from Vito Andolini
    I know an Hispanic nurse who went through school while working full time and raising 5 children!

    She has never mentioned racial trouble while in school but has called upon the Hispanic Nurses' Association a couple of times for help in dealing with trouble on the job. Warranted or not, that is, whether the troubles were due to race, I do not know. She's still employed so I guess the HNA helped.

    Why do you ask?
    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.
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    I always hope that one day, people who make the blanket statement "white people are racist" will finally be labeled racists themselves. Ugh.

    I find it interesting that you complain about white "racism", yet you also cite intolerance from your own race.

    As for changing your mind and doing something other than nursing, go with whatever your heart tells you. If you feel you are being persecuted and are the victim of racism, a different career path probably isn't going to change that.
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    I just moved th the greater Cincinnati area from the northeast. I have never felt so out of place. I know there is a Hispanic community here, but in the hospital and in my neighborhood I feel like people look and speak down to me ( as if they have never seen "my kind"), they are rude and short. So much for that midwest warm welcome. And they say northeasterners are rude! I have never felt this kind this feeling-I can assure you I DO NOT like it-good thing I am only in OH for 1 year. It makes me so sad and angry at the same time. I am not sure how to handle this in a professional and assertive without getting upset.
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    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.
    I'm sorry you are having such a difficult time. Racism is inexcusable and unacceptable. There is no reason for you to be treated in such a way.

    I have the deepest respect for my Hispanic coworkers and they are considered an asset where I work because most of them can translate for our Spanish speaking patients. I love telling patients who speak only Spanish that we have a Spanish-speaking nurse for them. It instantly puts the patients at ease when they have someone caring for them who speaks their language. My department that I am working in now does not have any Spanish-speaking nurses and so we have to use the translators or translation line for patients. I would love to have a nurse in our department who was bilingual. Many hospitals will pay bilingual nurses more per hour if they agree to translate.

    Please don't let the haters get you down. Ignore their ignorant comments--they don't know what they are talking about.
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    Quote from IngyRN
    I just moved th the greater Cincinnati area from the northeast. I have never felt so out of place. I know there is a Hispanic community here, but in the hospital and in my neighborhood I feel like people look and speak down to me ( as if they have never seen "my kind"), they are rude and short. So much for that midwest warm welcome. And they say northeasterners are rude! I have never felt this kind this feeling-I can assure you I DO NOT like it-good thing I am only in OH for 1 year. It makes me so sad and angry at the same time. I am not sure how to handle this in a professional and assertive without getting upset.
    people are never going to understand that hispanic people are not worms we are human being. I really don't know what to do if I should drop out of the nursing program because I really like nursing, I'm a really nice person that love helping other people and care about them, I'm taking this career not for the money because I really don't need it. but I don't want to work with ****** females or feel out of place.
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    Quote from Dolce
    I'm sorry you are having such a difficult time. Racism is inexcusable and unacceptable. There is no reason for you to be treated in such a way.

    I have the deepest respect for my Hispanic coworkers and they are considered an asset where I work because most of them can translate for our Spanish speaking patients. I love telling patients who speak only Spanish that we have a Spanish-speaking nurse for them. It instantly puts the patients at ease when they have someone caring for them who speaks their language. My department that I am working in now does not have any Spanish-speaking nurses and so we have to use the translators or translation line for patients. I would love to have a nurse in our department who was bilingual. Many hospitals will pay bilingual nurses more per hour if they agree to translate.

    Please don't let the haters get you down. Ignore their ignorant comments--they don't know what they are talking about.
    Thanks for the advice! I'm glad that you made your dream come true and became a nurse.
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    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)!
    Anyway, at my particular hospital in Southern California being hispanic facilitates communication with my patients, and while not making me fully culturally competent (this takes, in my opinion, years of advanced studies in sociology!) much more culturally aware. I would say that about 45% of my hospital staff is either hispanic, asian, or middle eastern. And it rocks! And as hurtful as experiencing someone elses prejudice may be, try and teach others about your culture. I never miss an opportunity to speak of the beauty of Colombia, and I always give my coworkers Colombian coffee! I try not to feel hurt with negative or derogatory comments about hispanics (or any other culture). I have family in Kansas City, Mo. (Colombian as well), and midwesterners do tend to be standoffish at first, but eventually they see where your coming from...and now they beg for my uncles and cousins to invite them over for ajiaco and arepa colombiana (traditional foods).
    Suerte (good luck)!
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    Quote from IngyRN
    I just moved th the greater Cincinnati area from the northeast. I have never felt so out of place. I know there is a Hispanic community here, but in the hospital and in my neighborhood I feel like people look and speak down to me ( as if they have never seen "my kind"), they are rude and short. So much for that midwest warm welcome. And they say northeasterners are rude! I have never felt this kind this feeling-I can assure you I DO NOT like it-good thing I am only in OH for 1 year. It makes me so sad and angry at the same time. I am not sure how to handle this in a professional and assertive without getting upset.
    Can you give some examples? What makes you sure it's based on you being Hispanic?
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    Quote from molly16
    people are never going to understand that hispanic people are not worms we are human being. I really don't know what to do if I should drop out of the nursing program because I really like nursing, I'm a really nice person that love helping other people and care about them, I'm taking this career not for the money because I really don't need it. but I don't want to work with ****** females or feel out of place.
    Nursing is definitely not for you if you don't want to work with **** females.
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