So why do people do it? Are they that malicious or spiteful? Possibly. Chances are, they may just be unaware that this might actually sting, especially when it is done continuously and with the intent to hurt. Each one of us has an accent – it just depends on what part of the planet you’re standing on that it will become more prominent. Ridiculing a person for speaking differently, or in a foreign language is just not funny to those who speak it. In fact, they should be commended for learning to speak more than one language. And doesn’t it ever get old mimicking the British, Australian, New Zealand or South African (to name a few) accents? It does for us. Poking fun at anyone for actually speaking eloquently in the same language is just not nice, especially when you’re doing it to score points and laughs from those around you for sounding “so posh.” Here’s a thought; just because the delivery of English spoken language sounds “foreign” to you, it does not give you license to make fun of it – and you sound different to us too, but we’re not pointing that out - we’re busy immersing ourselves in the taste of a new way to speak and are actually pretty excited about it. Just a guess, but those that laugh at, and make fun of others for their “funny” accents probably cannot speak in another language, nor have they spent any time in any foreign country to experience the glory and culture of an unfamiliar nation. We all have eloquent languages, eastern or western, English spoken or otherwise. EVERY ONE OF US. Be considerate. Change your perspective before future populations are exposed to this bigotry.
Also remember that just because you don’t SEE a reaction, it doesn’t mean there isn’t one.
1. So the patient doesn’t have any delay in care during a critical time
2. For the nurse who feels frightened, anxious & unsure of what to do, and to decrease his/her anxiety during the heightened chaos
3. For the nursing and medical students, so they are not seeing this for the first time when they are hired
4. For the doctors who don’t consistently run codes (even though the nurses really do)
5. For the graduate nurse who feels panicked every time they call a code
6. For experienced nurses, who don’t see too many on their floor and are now rusty
7. For the institution so they can assess what should be done differently, instead of only using actual codes for quality improvements
8. For any nurse who thinks they know what they are doing in a code, and are surprised during a mock code to learn the CORRECT algorithm
9. For the families, so they don’t lose loved ones because hospitals cut costs on life saving preventative strategies
10.For the educators, to keep them at the top of their game to continue the circle of learning (Including nursing & medical schools)
10.25.For all health care personnel, to test them on response time, teamwork and time management; so they are not tripping over each other in confusion of who’s doing what, during the most critical time in a patient’s life.