I Don't Need an Interpreter (Part 3)


This is the third article in a 3-part series. Interpreters, perhaps you can relate to the situations. Add a comment to share your own examples and takeaways on the theme.

This is going to be a short and sweet one…

I arrived at the emergency room and was escorted to the exam room by a nurse. The doctor was there with the patient. The nurse said, “Here is the interpreter,” and quickly turned and left. . . but remained nearby.

Just as I was about to introduce myself to all parties, the doctor said, “Oh, you know, I really don’t think we need an interpreter. . .” Before the doctor could finish his thought, the nurse, who was still in earshot, piped in and called out, “Yes, we do need the interpreter, she is staying!” And that was the end of that discussion.

I stayed and interpreted. Everyone communicated in their preferred language, and the encounter progressed with efficiency. . . and without any communication hiccups.

Takeaways messages:

1) Nurses are awesome.

2) It is a great joy when a non-interpreter defends the need to have an interpreter present. Thank you, interpreter allies!

Next up is I Don’t Need an Interpreter (Bonus Story), and it puts a twist on this theme. Perhaps you can relate to it as well!

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Posted on July 25, 2018 and filed under Newbie, Interpreter, Medical Team.