Getting the most out of tuition reimbursement.

  1. My hospital offers 2,000 dollars worth of tuition reimbursement if you are taking classes related to the healthcare field. The local 4 year college does not offer anything above a BSN and no other healthcare programs to speak of, their is no community college in this part of the state, so I am kinda limited as far as what to do...

    Here is my question:

    We have a fairly large spanish speaking population in the area, and working in the ER, we are constantly having to call in interpreters for minor sore-throat, routine-should-have-been-seen-at-a-doctors-office-not-in-the-ER types of patients (these types of patients are in no way ONLY spanish speaking), things that would not need a whole lot of medical translations needed. I speak NO spanish besides "No-oblo spanish". Do you think (for those of you who have used hospital reimburs. for continueing education) that taking classes in Spanish would count for assistance since it would ultimately help my unit, and the patients?

    Obviously, I would ask my Unit Director, however I never see her and the charge nurses were unsure.

    Any ideas?
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  3. by   ptnurse
    I think that it sounds like an excellent idea. All the healthcare related courses in the world won't help a patient if you can't communicate with him.
  4. by   vettech
    We are fortunate here. The school I attend offers a 3cr entry-level Spanish course called "Spanish for Health Professionals". Its basicaly a substitute for Spanish I. I'm trying to find a way to fit it into my schedule.
  5. by   globalRN
    I remember there was one BON that accepted 'Spanish for Health
    Professionals' as a I would imagine a course titled ...for Healthcare professionals would qualify.
    Consider online courses?