Are you a bilingual nurse?
If so, you are essential to quality healthcare.
- Educate and empower. Some of the biggest healthcare gaps come from
communication issues, often when providers do not speak the patients’ language. As a
bilingual nurse, you have the ability to give patients a clear picture of their situation and
present options that enable them to make educated decisions. This also helps develop
relationships between provider and patient, as both sides feel they are fully heard and
- Support and advocate. Families of patients often need as much support as the patients
themselves, if not more. Bilingual nurses can advocate for them and address their
concerns and desires. They can also understand cultural needs that may otherwise go
unaddressed in standard healthcare practices.
- Lower risk of confusion or misunderstanding. Language gaps can cause health
risks. For example, if a patient cannot communicate an allergy or preexisting condition, it
can cause complications for providers. Bilingual nurses can help gather necessary
information, prevent issues, and provide clear explanations to both providers and
- Break down cultural barriers. Religious and cultural beliefs can impact healthcare
choices. It is important for providers to have context for these choices in a respectful
environment to ensure the best care for the patient. Bilingual nurses who are familiar
with these cultural nuances can explain these beliefs and facilitate discussion to ensure
that everyone’s needs are met.
- Set patients at ease and give follow-up support. Fear and discomfort can be blocks
in a healthcare setting and may have an effect on long-term outcomes. This is especially
so for patients who do not speak English and may be unable to communicate their
needs. Having someone on the team who literally speaks their language can help them
relax and cooperate more easily with providers. Bilingual nurses can also provide follow-
up support to empower the patient for the long term.
We are thrilled to work with bilingual nurses! Give us a call!