Trouble c accents at work? - page 5

I have a really hard time with language accents be it either foreign or regional dialects. I had an altercation with a house supervisor the other day who accused me of not listening when I did not... Read More

  1. by   prmenrs
    I took that quiz--it said I came from Boston! So NOT true.
  2. by   nursecammy
    Everyone has an accent - I am from the Caribbean where English is our language, and when I first came to America I had people tell me that Americans don't have accents only people from outside America have accents. Within America there are various accents according to what State you come from, and everyone has an accent specific to their country. So yes Americans do have an American accent; people from Britian have a British accent; people from Africa have an Arfican accent, etc.
    We are in a profession (health) that is made up of people from all over the world - doctors and nurses come from all over - so we need to try our very best to be versatile and get to understand other accents.
    Also people should realize that if someone does not understand what they are saying, then they need to be patient, and not get angry at that person.
    My boyfriend is also from the Caribbean and he is in medical school in the US right now. We both have the same accent, and sometimes people don't always understand what we say, especially if we talk fast. I have realized that in my country we do not pronounce "r" with as much stress as Americans and people from other countries do, so I have actually started stressing on my "r", and it has helped tremendously. I have told my boyfriend about it since he being a doctor in training will need to better communicate with his patients.
    So I am making a great effort to better my communication skills since it will be essential when I start working in the hospital, even though most people already understand me.
    Last edit by nursecammy on Jan 12, '07
  3. by   tvccrn
    Well, the quiz had me from being from the West, but it did say that I could be from a big Southern city like Dallas. And that's close.

  4. by   sirI
    Quiz has me pegged all the way - definitely from the South.
  5. by   LTCRNJILL
    I have had doctors very upset over asking them to repeat there orders because of there accents, any suggestions on how to approach the situation in a reasonable way.
  6. by   missdeevah
    Quote from p_rn
    i usually have no problem with most accents, except for a couple of indian doctors/nurses who were reared in africa. .
    you mean they were raised/grew up in africa? reared sort of makes them sound like animals. no offense meant.
  7. by   TazziRN
    The quiz was so wrong for me!!! I'm an army brat and grew up all over, but I have never been the the Chicago-Wisconsin area, which is where the quiz said I'm from. My father is from New York/PA, my mom is from another country, so go figure!!!

    My own story: a few years ago our ER relied heavily on travelers, and we had one from one of the Carolinas....can't remember North or South. Anyway, her accent was so thick I was frequently asking her to repeat herself, and she got upset with me. I even told her, "I'm sorry, I'm not used to hearing someone speak with such a thick southern accent." That made it worse!
  8. by   Rnandsoccermom
    Ha, ha, the quiz pegged me perfectly. I grew up smack in between Milwaukee and Chicago. And I drink "pop".

    I once had a Jordanian MD (the house doc) call me in the nursing office in the middle of the night and ask me to call the Fillipino RN on the 3rd floor and ask her what she wanted because he couldn't understand her.

    I find that I have difficulty understanding people when I have too many things on my mind or I am tired. If I don't give the conversation my full attention, I don't get it. I sometimes have to mentally slap myself into giving people my full attention.
  9. by   TazziRN
    Quote from missdeevah

    you mean they were raised/grew up in africa? reared sort of makes them sound like animals. no offense meant.
    actually "reared" is proper terminology too. "i was reared in (insert place)" is very proper.

    i took the test again, this time not quite so literal in my answers. it still put me in the midlands, including pa. my dad lived in pa as a boy, but i never have. i've been in ca since i was 13, international before that.
  10. by   missdeevah
    oh, didn't know that. sorry.
  11. by   kate1114
    Quote from TheCommuter
    I'm originally from California and moved to Texas last year. I am constantly being asked this question: "Where are you from?"

    People never have any problems whatsoever with comprehending what I say because I speak proper English. I personally think I am asked the annoying question because I'm an African-American female who speaks standard English. The majority of the black people around here speak English using African-American English Vernacular or a deep Texas drawl.

    To the original poster: it is tremendously annoying for an individual to be told that (s)he has an accent. I can see why your house supervisor became offended.
    I also lived in the Dallas area for quite some time, but spent my childhood in Illinois. I was always asked where I was from because my vowels were "different". And I am caucasian. I think it has more to do with the Texas-centric attitude than anything else. I worked with plenty of African-Americans in Dallas who didn't have the above-mentioned "African-American English Vernacular" or a "deep Texas drawl.

    At one point in college, I used to be able to pinpoint the Texas accent, as there are variations between East Texas, Dallas area, San Antonio, and Houston. Can't do that anymore!

    As someone else has mentioned, EVERYONE speaks with an accent. It's only noticable if you are around people with different accents. And as health care practitioners we should all be as clear as possible when we speak.

    An aside, I had a friend in college who was almost totally deaf, but who had a hearing aid which helped and was spectacular at reading lips. Many people didn't know she had a hearing problem but they often asked where she was from as she had an unusual "accent"
    Last edit by kate1114 on Feb 17, '07 : Reason: spelling
  12. by   kate1114
    Quote from rehab nurse

    this is a cute quiz that will tell you which American "accent" you have, based on the regions of the US. It was accurate for me. I live in the midwest and reading the quiz I could picture different areas I have friends from and seeing THEM saying the words.
    I love this quiz! Pinpointed me exactly, as I'm a "Midlander", which explains why all my Midwestern colleagues keep telling me I don't sound like I'm from Texas

    Gave the quiz to my husband.... pegged my Texas boy as a Northerner! But he explained that he had a sixth grade teacher that drilled them on pronunciation (particularly pen and pin which is sometimes the same in Texas!)
  13. by   Ado Annie
    The quiz says I'm "Midland" and therefore don't really have an accent. I thought as much, though I grew up in Oklahoma and I do know people "back home" who sound fairly southern/western.

    As far as nurses with accents, we had a really hard time when my mom had surgery a couple of years ago. Her nurse had a strong middle-Eastern accent. (this was the same nurse who wouldn't do anything about the IV even though Mom's arm had puffed up -- what should she have done?)
    Mom couldn't understand her at all. I did better, so when I was there I could translate. (and my parents always thought I was just whining when I said I couldn't understand my professors in college!) Having grown up in a small town with very little diversity, it was quite difficult making that adjustment.
    Now, I work with people all over the world and while I still struggle at times I find it surprisingly easy and enjoy conversing with people from many cultures.