Being called to the Emergency Department is easy for a trained medical interpreter. But then you find your patient and see a nearby police officer smile and say, “Oh, good — we’ve been waiting for you!“
Your confidence plummets, because you’re not a legal interpreter!
Establishing appropriate boundaries while maintaining amicable professional relationships just got a lot more difficult. You ask yourself, “What am I supposed to do now?“
While healthcare interpreters typically stick to what they know and trained for, it’s not uncommon, over the course of a career, to need to interact with law enforcement while on the job.
An interpreter’s conduct during these encounters has medical and legal implications, so it’s important to understand your rights and obligations in order to ensure the integrity of communication between the medical team and the patient.
Understand your rights and professional obligations
Develop strategies for personal safety
Describe techniques to effectively maintain role boundaries while interpreting for individuals in the custody of law enforcement
Analyze risks healthcare interpreter assume when providing interpretation services for law enforcement officers present at the healthcare facility
ATA: 1 point
CCHI: 1 instructional hour
WA DSHS: 1 hour
IMIA/NBCMI: 0.1 CEUs
Live, instructor-led online classroom
Instructor: Erin Rosales