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Patient Introductions

Patient Introductions

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Greet the patient and determine if you will need interpretation services.

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what's covered
In this lesson, you will learn how to introduce yourself to patients before you discuss their medical concerns. Specifically, this lesson will cover:
  1. Servicios de Interpretación (Interpretation Services)
  2. Introducciones (Introductions)

1. Servicios de Interpretación (Interpretation Services)

Before you begin a conversation with a patient, you may have to determine whether interpretation services will be needed. The following questions can help you do so.

English Spanish Pronunciation
Do you need to speak to a Spanish-speaking nurse? ¿Necesita hablar con un(a) enfermero(a) que hable español? nay-say-see-tah ah-blahr cone oon (ah) ain-fair-may-roh (ah) kay ah-blay ace-pan-yole
Would you like an interpreter? ¿Necesita un intérprete? nay-say-see-tah oon een-tair-pray-tay
Please hold for assistance. Por favor, espere por la ayuda. pour fah-bore ace-pay-ray pour lah ah-you-day
Can you read this information? ¿Puede leer esta información? p’way-day lay-air ace-tah een-for-mah-see-own
What is the name and number of a primary contact person who speaks and understands English? ¿Cuál es el nombre y el número  de teléfono de un contacto primario que habla y comprende el inglés? k’wall ace ale noam-bray ee ale noo-may-row day tay-lay-fo-no day oon cone-tahk-toe pree-mah-ree-oh kay ah-blah ee comb-prain-day ale een-glace

2. Introducciones (Introductions)

You will also want to learn some basic questions and statements that will help you introduce yourself to the patient in Spanish.

English Spanish Pronunciation
I will be with you this shift (until morning, until evening). Voy a estar con usted este turno (hasta la mañana, hasta la noche). boy ah ace-tar cone oo-staid ace-tay tour-no (ah-stah lah mahn-yah-nah, ah-stah lah no-chay)
Where is your family? ¿Dónde está su familia? doan-day ay-stah sue fah-me-lee-ah
They are in the waiting room. Están en la sala de espera. This is a patient response.
They went to get something to eat. Fueron a buscar algo de comer. This is a patient response.
They will come back tomorrow. Van a regresar mañana. This is a patient response.
They went home. Se fueron a la casa. This is a patient response.
I don't know. No sé. This is a patient response.
They have left for the day. Se fueron por el día. This is a patient response.
My name is ____ and I will be your nurse. Me llamo ____ y voy a ser su enfermero(a). may yah-mo ____ ee boy ah sair sue ain-fair-may-roh (ah)
How are you doing this morning / evening? ¿Cómo se siente esta mañana / noche? koh-moh say see-ain-tay ace-tah mahn-yah-nah / no-chay
I didn't sleep well. No dormí muy bien. This is a patient response.
I am doing fine. Estoy bien. This is a patient response.
I am thirsty. Tengo sed. This is a patient response.
I am hungry. Tengo hambre. This is a patient response.
I want to go home. Quiero irme a la casa. This is a patient response.
Come with me. Venga conmigo. bane-gah cone-me-go

In this lesson, you learned how to find out if you will need interpretation services to speak with patients, as well as how to give a proper introduction so that patients understand your role and can feel more comfortable speaking with you about their health concerns.

¡Buena suerte!

Source: This content has been adapted from "Spanish for Nurses" by Stephanie Langston.