As the Hispanic population increases in the United States, the need for bilingual/bicultural Hispanic nurses rises. Of the more than 3 million registered nurses in the United States, only about 3.6 percent are Hispanic. Hospitals across the country are seeing more patients with different language needs, cultural sensitivities, and religions.
Although interpreters are employed by many hospitals, bilingual and multilingual nurses provide another way of bridging the cultural gap. Factors such as language, unfamiliar customs, and misconceptions about health care can keep foreign residents from seeking medical care, bilingual nurses can help to ease a patient’s fears and even reduce barriers to clinical preventative care. There are also professional benefits to learning another language: Some bilingual employees can earn more than their single-language colleagues.
Veronica Reyes is a Latina Registered Nurse (RN) in Lansing Michigan. In this video she shares her journey and dream to become a RN.
Annual Scholarship for Latina Nursing is available in every state like this one from Michigan Michigan Nursing Scholarship
Below is a book Latinas nurses have found to be valuable especially when dealing with Hispanic patients that speak Spanish.