One comment on “A Maryland Community College Nursing School does not accept Hispanics, Asians or Immigrants as Students.

  1. It is ridiculous to suggest that a policy requiring medical professionals to be able to communicate is somehow racist. It is racist to assume that Asians and Hispanics can’t learn to communicate effectively in English. I would hope that all medical schools have such requirements. A communication error in a medical situation could be fatal. Cultural diversity is wonderful, but must not come at the expense of the safety of the patient.

    Furthermore, you should note that such policies are commonly implemented, as they should be, in occupations where safety is affected by communication skills. With scant research I found that air traffic controllers are also required to meet certain language requirements (see passage below from Skybrary). Please note the reason given for the requirements – “Historically, insufficient English language proficiency on the part of the flight crew or the controller has contributed to a number of accidents and serious incidents.”

    Lastly note that the language requirements for nurses and air traffic controllers also apply to native English speakers. There are plenty of native-born Americans whose speaking and writing skills are atrocious, and I would not want them to be in charge of my medical care or my airplane.

    I think the world would run more smoothly if we would all strive to remain objective and use common sense.

    From http://www.skybrary.aero/index.php/English_Language_Proficiency_Requirements

    The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has introduced language proficiency requirements for air traffic controllers and pilots with the objective to improve the level of language proficiency globally and reduce the frequency of communication errors. Historically, insufficient English language proficiency on the part of the flight crew or the controller has contributed to a number of accidents and serious incidents (see Related Articles).

    The ICAO Language Proficiency requirements are applicable to both native and non- native English speakers. According to ICAO the burden for improved communications should not be seen as falling solely on non-native speakers – ICAO Doc 9835 states: “Native speakers of English, too, have a fundamentally important role to play in the international efforts to increase communication safety.”

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