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- Mar 1, '11 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.
- Mar 3, '11 by NoFlorenceRNI 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.
- Mar 5, '11 by cebollitaNo te Preocupes, one of the most well respected doctors at my local hospital is a youngish Hispanic female!
- Mar 8, '11 by donnatroy27oh man! My favorite is when I walk into a facility (I'm an RN Case Manager for a hospice) and the nurses start ordering me around thinking I'm the CNA and then when I tell them I'm the RNCM, their jaws drop. Sorry, we're not all CNAs :P
The sad part is, wherever you go, there will always be racism. I felt a lot of favoritism toward people of Filipino descent at my previous LVN school, especially when a lot of the organizations the school was joining and promoting were all Filipino-based and the teachers would speak in Tagalog to the students with total disregard of me being there. For example, they recently were discussing on their Facebook page about the discrimination Filipino nurses receive and maybe I was having a bad day but I made mention that if a school is going to be fighting about equality, it should be representing the entire school as a whole and not just one ethnicity.
In the end, I don't care. Whoever has the guts to try to put me down because of my race, I welcome them to try and do so. I am a nurse, a VERY proud nurse. I know I worked my behind off just as much as the other RN next to me and we are all deserving of our titles and should be very proud of the commitment and work we all bring to the table
- Mar 8, '11 by DoubleJRNI am African-American and I look younger than I am, so sometimes I run into ignorance. During orientation for an ICU RN position, the trainer called me a CNA, not once, but EVERYDAY that she saw me. The good thing about nursing is that we often wear our credentials right on our chests and it cannot be denied. If you're a competent caregiver and know your stuff, it doesn't matter what anyone says or thinks. I also speak Spanish, and always receive a higher wage when I'm using that skill. When you encounter the ignorance because of your ethnicity, just remember the things about it that make you proud!!
- Mar 13, '11 by coffee4metechJust had to comment on this thread husband is from Mexico he is a great man and wonderful husband we have a beautiful daughter who looks nothing like me ; )..... anyways people are shocked to discover that I am the mother . I know people are wondering and making comments about my daughter and I ...... honestly could careless what they think but it just goes to show it can be reverse discrimination. I love the culture and have completely absorbed the culture and also teaching my daughter the ways of the American and Mexican cultures....and the languages !!!!