Is language a barrier for nursing? - page 2

Hello:) i am an international student. my first language is not english, but i am studying in new zealand. does someone have similar situation as me? is language a barrier for future career? i have... Read More

  1. by   vivianhuang
    oh! I just finished my first paid work! It's quite tired. Tonight I worked in a hospital. I was quite nervous. Honestly the stuff were not very nice. Because this was the first time I started my work. I didn't know what i needed to do and the routine. Damn! It's 5.5 hours. It looked I didn't help a lot. Eeve one time, I tried to take of the patient's denture. But it didn't work. and then I asked for help. I just felt guilty and embarassing. They were not really want to tell me. And the asked me to wash the kitchen!!?????Good experience? Anyway, I learnt some
  2. by   suzanne4
    Vivian: Don't worry too much about today. It was the first day of just a beginning, and the bottom of the learning curve. Dentures have never been anyone's fun and I have friends that still have problems with them and they have been nurses for about 20 years plus. Everyday will bring you new experiences. Think of it that way.

    But look on the bright will actually receive a paycheck.
    Last edit by suzanne4 on Mar 23, '04
  3. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from vivianhuang
    ... i am an international student... is language a barrier for future career?... can someone give me some suggestion???...
    Vivian -- I've met several students taking prerequisites for the nursing program at my school. From my experience, if you're gonna be taking exams in English, then it's crucial that you master this language.

    Several of the above students did / will not pass the class because of their poor English. Science and nursing class are tough enough (and tests are oftentimes worded in a "tricky" fashion) without the added challenge of trying to comprehend the language.

    I felt those students were intelligent, but just didn't get what precisely was being asked, or didn't pick up on the gist of test questions based on how they were phrased. (Also consider that exams are timed, so understanding has to come quickly if we're to score well.)

    And as mentioned, beyond school there are more tests, job interviews and performance on the job to be dealt with. English is critical to those intending to obtain a position in an English-speaking country.

    Good luck!
  4. by   cera
    Quote from suzanne4
    Cera, My suggestion to you also, try to watch as many movies as you can. That really helps. Pay attention to how they are using words to get their point across. I tried this with one of my students that started with me three months ago, and her speech is now completely fluent. I have several friends that did this over here in the past and it really worked for them.

    Good luck to you........................
    Suzanne, thanks a lot for your advice!
  5. by   vivianhuang
    Today I told to my classmates(they are all English-speckers) about my changing mind. They all suggested me to continue my nursing study. They said my English was much better than before Also my parents suggested me to continue. I think I nearly make my decision, probably I won't change. I have an idea to achieve my dream. If I can be a surgical nurse, I can learn something about the medicine and science.
    Suzanne: is that right?or do you have any suggestion for me?
  6. by   suzanne4
    Any area of medicine that you are interested in is also availalbe in nursing. You will be able to work and assist in the OR if that is what you prefer, you could take care of babies in a NICU, work in an Emergency Room, etc. You have all of the options open to you. Sure, we all have to do rotations to areas that we don't like but consider them a learning experience as well. It tells you that you would like to work in a different area when you finish school, it actually helps you decide on the area where you want to begin your career. But also keep in mind, that you are always able to change to other areas throughout your career, you are not limited to only one.
  7. by   vivianhuang
    Today is a wonderful day! My client is lovely! I took care for him all the morning. I did everything what I expected. The staff and the client said I am a good nurse It gave me lots of confidence. Suzanne: I have maken my decision to stay in nursing No matter whether is a good day or bad day. I won't change again. I will achieve my dream later.
  8. by   suzanne4
    Glad that you had such a good day. Doesn't it make you feel better? You should feel quite proud of yourself....................................
  9. by   vivianhuang
    Suzanne: how r u? currently i am so busy! everything is getting better now!every week i need to work and study, but i feel quite happy i told me classmates that i would continue to study nursing, they were quite happy. anyway thanks you help and encouragement
  10. by   suzanne4
    Nice to hear that everything is working out so well for you. Sometimes we all get overwhelmed by everything going on around us plus the school work, etc. and we go on sensory overload......................then it is time to just chill and take time to smell the flowers and let the cobwebs clear. Questions will usually get answered on their own...............You will have classes and teachers that you love and will always remember, and some that you wish you could forget the day that you started..........You will have the most wonderful patients to care for some days and other days you will have the patient from h***. But your days will be rewarding than not and I am sure that your parents are quite pleased with your decision.................

    Please keep up the good work and continue to keep me posted.
  11. by   Tweety
    You're doing great. Being foreign born is definately not a hinderance here in the USA, as long as you can communicate, and you seem to be doing that.

    By the way, I smiled when you wrote I "learnt" some..........that's the way we in the Southern USA pronounce "learned". Learnt is not really a word, it's learned. Not a criticism, but you brought a smile to my face. (I make a lot of typos, so I have no room to talk).
  12. by   vivianhuang
    Today is another bad day for me my agency told me that the hospital which i worked in yesterday, complained: i didn't know how to lift patients!! actually i did, i knew that. but yesterday they asked me to lift patients who couldn't support themselves at all. i am wondering why they didn't use hoist. even they use belt, but i know if the patients can support themselves partly, they use belt, otherwise they need to use hoist. is that right? my weight is just 45kg, i'm not tall, it's just about 155cm, so i got a quite small size. yesterday they asked me to lift a male patient who was about at least 75kg and nearly 180cm, even i lift him with another caregiver, but his weight was much over than my own weight 35%!!! how can i do that?? is that my problem? how can i deal with this?
  13. by   suzanne4
    There are some techniques for helping to lift and transfer patients
    that are larger than you. You are "Thai" size, as I call it. See if your program offers a class in patient transferring, or if your agency does. Just think of it as another technique to learn.

    Do you have any friends that are physical therapy students? They have some wonderful techniques that you could also learn to help you with your patients. You can give that a try.

    Let me know how it works for you.......................