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speaking spanish & nursing in san diego

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by crazylilkelly crazylilkelly (Member)

crazylilkelly has 1 years experience and works as a Cardiac RN, BSN.

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I was wondering if nurses get a monetary incentive for speaking spanish in san diego hospitals??? Also, my husband is going to be a rad tech, will he be able to get a decent job in SD w/o knowing spanish?

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Sheri257 works as a RN.

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The only employer I know of that pays extra for speaking Spanish is state government. You have to take a test and demonstrate actual fluency in the language. They pay $100 extra a month if you pass the test. Also, you have to work in a state job where speaking Spanish is required at least 10 percent of the time.

Maybe there are other employers with incentives but I personally haven't heard of any. As an nurse, speaking Spanish is always going to make your job easier. It's always pain to find a translator when you have a patient that doesn't speak English, which happens often.

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sanctuary has 45 years experience and works as a Nurse Educator, psych forensic hosp.

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San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital pays, but I can't remember the percentage. It does take a proficiency test. Well, the whole County system, actually.

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They pay only if you pass a test and can be considered an approved translator. You need to be extremely fluent for that.

Otherwise, no. But you will use Spanish every single day when you are working.

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RNmommy has 5 years experience and works as a Postpartum staff RN.

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Otherwise, no. But you will use Spanish every single day when you are working.

Actually, it depends on where you work. I've been an RN for 3 years and have only had to use the cryophone for spanish 2 or 3 times. I don't see why your husband wouldn't be able to find a job if he doesn't speak Spanish. I've lived here all my life, and rarely come into contact with people who don't understand English. Of course, again, it depends on what area of town you are in.

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crazylilkelly has 1 years experience and works as a Cardiac RN, BSN.

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thanks everyone!!! of course getting paid a bit extra b/c i speak spanish would be a perk but I'm more concerned about being able to provide my pt better care.

if my husband really doesn't have to worry about learning spanish then, whew, that's a big relief. He still plans on learning as much as he can but for some reason he's one of those ppl who just can't seem to pick up a new language.

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NurseCubanitaRN2b works as a Back To School.

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For liability purposes in our hospital there's a differential only if you're a certified interpreter. If you're not certified then you wont get that extra pay. It can be in any language.

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