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Language Interpreter Competencies

psliney psliney (New) New

I have a question for those of you involved with hospital interpreters. Does your hospital/institution use any type of competency testing mechanism to insure that their interpreters are competent to translate into a foreign language? We use a group of community members on an on-call basis to come into the hospital to provide translation services for mosting Spanish-speaking only clients. We do not have a testing mechanism in place that can help us determine whether or not these interpreters have a good enough command of Spanish, as well as medical terminology to be interepreting accurately. Of course, the English-speaking nurse has no way of know whether or not the interpretation is accurate. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Patricia Sliney, RN

Nurse On Call Manager

Goshen Health System

Goshen, Indiana


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