The gift of having another language.
I am frustrated she may never get her registration, as she doesn't earn enough as a health care assistant to pay for repeated International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests. She has achieved a level 7 pass in all four IELTS sections, but not simultaneously.
Whenever our ward has a patient and family with poor English, it is a relief that their nurse can speak their language and communication is possible. Doesn't having a fluent second language (or indeed, for many Indian and European nurses, a fluent third and fourth language as well) count for anything?
Henrietta Sushames, RN, Wellington
|Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback|
|Title Annotation:||LETTERS: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK|
|Publication:||Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2008|
|Previous Article:||The Cartwright report twenty years on ...|
|Next Article:||Respecting immigrant nurses' skills.|
|Torrey shares India journey with students.|
|Bob Bly on conversational copy and when is a gift not free.|