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Will RNs who are not bilingual lose all opportunities to find an RN job?

Wednesday May 14, 2014
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Dear Donna,

So many nursing jobs require applicants to be bilingual in English and Spanish. I am beginning to see being fluent in Spanish as very important. What if I am not bilingual? Will I lose all opportunities at getting an RN job?

Yo No Habla Espanol

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Yo No Habla Espanol,

The vast majority of jobs in Northern N.J., an area I am very familiar with, do not require bilingual skills. Sometimes we tend to focus on certain details, also called selective vision, if we think we don't have the required skills to get a job.

Hopefully you are not relying exclusively on classified ads (in print or online) to uncover employment opportunities. Read “Ten steps to a successful job search” (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Ten-Steps) for a more proactive and effective approach.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://www. Nurse.com/Events.