Do you really want work with foreign nurses? - page 3
I am a BSN from Czech ®Republic (small country in Europe). I will next yŽar go do work to USA. I know I have to improve my english before (you can see from my writing). But I want to know your opininon... Read More
Feb 3, '07Occupation: med surg RN Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 40; Likes: 7I am a foreign nurse and all I can say is when your in Rome act like a Roman... I feel that the greatest challenge for us is not NURSING but the Huge adjustment in living in a totally different coutry w/ different culture! I wish you the best of luck... And remember you can't please everybody just be professional and do your job...
Feb 3, '07Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 66; Likes: 6i like working with foreign nurses. my preceptor was from the phillipines and she was great.
Feb 3, '07Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 1,256; Likes: 66It depends on the individual nurse. Foreigners, like all people, have many different personality types.
Feb 3, '07Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 4,738; Likes: 104Hello! My Grandmother is from Slovakia.
It's not at all unusual for nurses to work with people from other countries. I work with many foreign trained nurses and like everyone there are the excellent and the not so excellent. Use your time before you arrive to learn as much conversational english as you can. Please realize that being understood and understanding others is very important for safety. I feel very uneasy when I work with nurses who cannot make themselves understood to their patients and family and cannot communicate important details.
I'm sure you will be an excellent nurse here in North America. Good luck!
Feb 4, '07Specialty: 15 year(s) of experience in Rehab, Med Surg, Home Care ; Joined: Mar '03; Posts: 1,129; Likes: 511I love working with nurses from other countries and learning about their cultures. I only ask that they be patient with me if I have some difficulty with their accent and ask them to repeat something they say. BTW, I hope to visit Prague in a few months as my daughter will be studying there for a few weeks.
Feb 4, '07Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 46; Likes: 1I just came from work feeling so proud of myself. The long story make short--The elderly patient -female-came on our floor with a posey vest and other restrains. She was violent in ER--we were told. I was approached by co-worker--male-- asking for help with translation because patient did not understand English and was non-compliant. So, I did and ended up taking vitals and performing other nursing tasks. Patient did not trust anyone but me. To everyone's surprise she was joking and smiling at me. No violent behavior at all!!! Question: what you, ladies, would do if you would be in foreign country and saw a guy approaching, then digging under your skirt. Even if he wants just to give you a Hep shot into the belly-- you would not understand it and kick him, then--end up in 4points restrains as this old lady did.
Lucinka, once again, good luck in America!You'll be a valuable asset to any healthcare facility.
Feb 5, '07Joined: Dec '05; Posts: 1,375; Likes: 248I want to work with competent nurses. Where they are from makes no difference to me.
I also like to learn and love working with people who can teach me new and different things. Wether it be about nursing or something like fishing or culture it's all good!
Apr 2, '07Joined: Sep '06; Posts: 20; Likes: 1Hi ! I'm foreign nurse too ( from Romania ) and just started work in the US last week . the nurses in the hospital I work now are really nice and you can ask whatever question you have , they will never get upset and they will always give you a hand ! I like that I am ashamed to say that I would have liked to get that kind of support and help in Romania . On my floor there is also a nurse from Cehia so .... you'll probably meet more in the US . But .... one piece of adivice : learn to speak , read and understand English very good ! Otherwise , you'll have problems understanding your perceptors , doctors , other nurses as well as what the patients will ask or say . You're a nurse , you have duties and responsabilities and you MUST understand the patient's needs so you can address them in the most appropiate and fastest way . Nursing is the same all over the world but we need to adjust to changes we've made by arriving here , to the new system and .... to a new life ! Good luck in your next job into the US !
Apr 2, '07Occupation: pulling patients back from The Light Specialty: pulling patients back from The Light ; From: US ; Joined: May '05; Posts: 10,813; Likes: 25,306I don't think you'd find many, if any, nurses who specifically don't want to work with foreign-born or foreign-trained nurses. You're a nurse, right?
But I can say that sometimes the accent thing can be problematic, depending on the country of origin, the thickness of the accent, and the familiarity of the "native" nurses with that accent.
I came across a nurse who had an accent I had a very hard time understanding, and when I asked her to clarify something she had said, she said (angrily), "What, you don't understand English? I'm speaking English, aren't I?!" Let's say that didn't go over too well.
As long as you're willing to understand that this may happen sometimes, and don't take it as a personal attack, I can't see where you'd have any other problems by being from another country.