Hi All! Does anybody know if being fluent in another language, specifically Spanish, would make me more valuable as a nurse in some parts of the country? I'm not very fluent in Spanish yet, but I love it and wish to become fluent someday. I'd love to be able to communicate well with Hispanic patients.
I did a search online for job opportunities for bilingual RNs and most of the ads were for county health departments and they just said, "bilingual is a plus", but they didn't seem interested in paying anything extra for the "plus". However I found one ad which offered $70,000 for a bilingual nurse, but only one. (I won't graduate for three years, so I guess I'll miss that one.
I thought it would be nice to work at a missionary hospital down in Honduras, but I'd have to save for that. It's basically volunteer work there. It'd be nice to earn enough in the states to save and go on temporary mission trips like that.
I learned some Spanish on my own with my kids. And am planning to take Spanish courses along with nursing courses.