CPatients Speaking a Foreign Language

(1) Obtain a translator if possible. The Red Cross or the Patient Administration Division (PAD) may be of assistance.

(2) Have a chart with basic phrases in English and the foreign language.

(3) Consider using charts with pictures. 1-20. CLOSING

When communicating with patients, each Practical Nurse has to find the ways that are the most effective for the people and circumstances concerned. If the Practical Nurse tries to express care and concern for the patient and can communicate well verbally and nonverbally, the nurse-patient relationship will thrive.

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