[QUOTE=MomRN0913;6744157]This past 2 weeks, the patients i have opened up cases for in HH speak not a work of English. They have social security numbers, Medicare benefits, and Medicaid benefits. Live in the U.S. But do not speak a word of English. Getting a family member who does or a translator at a certain time, or even to make a simple phone call and to get someone to answer the door is an utmost challenge.
I know this topic is controversial, but why am I struggling to hard to understand some Spanish so I can do my job in America?
Most are quite lovely patients. Some are just shocked that I don't speak Spanish!
My rant of the day. And these days, there are a lot of rants for me in this field, I admit it.
Welcome to America. It is what it is and with a growing Hispanic population, I do not see that changing, anytime soon. As nurses, we have a moral and ethical responsibility to check personal biases/agendas at the door. Why do I make this comment? Just based on some of the responses...including the OP post, above(I can't help but wonder how this mentality affect patient care.)
Sometimes it is wise to take a step back and evaluate our attitudes and be careful not to short change our patients because of personal beliefs.
To the OP: Why no be proactive and take this opportunity to find out what resources are available at your facility to help you and others (staff and patients), in future situations (because trust me...you will find yourself in this situation, again).