Health care workers, especially nurses, are very much in demand in various countries all over the world. Hospitals, community clinics, health care centers, academic institutions, and medical research centers employ nurses not only to administer care to employees and staff, but also to provide consultancy services.
In this highly globalized age, there is a need, even for health care workers like nurses, to adapt to racial and cultural diversity.
There is nothing harder than trying to diagnose a patient if you can’t understand the symptoms that the patient is feeling. This is why the need for bilingual nurses is on the rise — to bridge linguistic barriers and facilitate better understanding between health workers and patients.
To qualify for the position of bilingual nurse, one obviously needs to be proficient in at least two languages that are widely spoken in the area of practice. In the case of Canada, those languages would be English and French. Depending, however, on where you will be assigned once you land the job of bilingual nurse, some employers also require proficiency in other major world languages such as Spanish, Japanese, German, and Russian.
As with any other nursing job, applicants also need to be Registered Nurses and have certification to practice Nursing in Canada. Some employers set a minimum number of years of work experience, usually ranging from two to five years, but some may be willing to overlook this requirement as long as applicants can show that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills and have passion for the job.