A Montana Reader Couldn`t Understand His Filipino Nurses
March 18, 2006, 04:00 AM
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From:  Paul Nachman [e-mail him]

Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column: Then They Came for the Nurses (And the Taxpayers.)

VDARE.COM has had several posts about foreign nurses — particularly about their impact on American nurses` employment prospects and about the brain drain we impose upon other countries. 

But what about the nurses effects on patient care?

In January 2005, I underwent an operation that had me stay one post-operative night in Torrance Memorial Hospital (Torrance, California). 

I was knocked out before the operation, so I don`t know who attended me in the operating room. 

However, nearly all the nurses I saw during my post-op period were foreign-born, primarily Filipinos.  And they were perfectly pleasant

But I vividly recall that with one of them communication was nearly impossible.  Was she giving me an instruction?  Was she asking me a question?  I couldn`t tell!

My operation, though significant, was routine.  And the missed communication was apparently of no consequence. 

Maybe I was just lucky.  After all, it`s easy enough to have misunderstandings between native speakers of a common language.

But to inject additional language uncertainty into medical situations strikes me as foolhardy.