FAQs: Spanish for Nurses Continuing Education

Presented by Discovering Español LLC, provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Continuing Education Provider #CEP16913, for 30 contact hours.

What is included in the Spanish for Nurses Continuing Education Course? Both courses (either beginner/intermediate or intermediate/advanced) include the same package.  You can read the information in detail here.

What is the method of instruction? It is conversation based with a mixture of role-playing, visual learning, 1:1 or 1:2 reinforcement via native Spanish speakers and written exercises to hone your reading and writing skills.

Does the Spanish for Nurses Continuing Education Course include travel arrangements? No.  Travel arrangements are not included and BRN approval extends only to continuing education courses and does not include tour arrangements.  However, if you need assistance with travel arrangements once you arrive to Ecuador, we would be happy to help you.  Please don’t hesitate in contacting us.

How long does the Spanish for Nurses Continuing Education Course last? 10 days.

Are housing accommodations included in the Spanish for Nurses Continuing Education Course? Yes, housing accommodations are included at an ecological hacienda.  You will either be provided with a private room in a house or cottage, or your own private cabin.  If you have a preference, please contact us beforehand, and we will do everything we can to assist you.  You may view the accommodations here.

Can I use my hairdryer or high wattage electronic at the lodging site? Unfortunately, because it is an off-grid ecological hacienda, its electricity only comes from solar panels.  Any high wattage electronic such as a hairdryer, that uses more than 80 watts/hour,  could deplete the batteries quickly and leave everyone in the house without power.  It also has the potential to fry the batteries…we therefore ask that you only bring rechargeable electronics, such as cell phones, tablets, computers, or even c-paps are ok.  Thank you for understanding and please contact us if you have any other doubts or concerns.

Is food included in the Spanish for Nursing Continuing Education Course? Yes, the meals included are: breakfast, 1 snack, and dinner.  Drinking water is always provided and restaurant services are available on site, as well.  Please contact us if you have any dietary restrictions that we should know about beforehand.

What’s the difference between the beginner/intermediate and intermediate/advanced courses?  The beginner/intermediate and intermediate/advanced courses vary according to your prior knowledge in Spanish, your comfort level with speaking in Spanish, and the level of in-depth, nurse/patient scenarios that are taught.  The beginner/intermediate course is for a beginner level Spanish speaker, or someone with prior knowledge, but who is very rusty or isn’t very comfortable speaking the language.  The beginner/intermediate course teaches all levels of grammar necessary to be able to communicate with the Spanish-speaking patient, but focuses primarily on conversational skills in a nurse/patient context.  Anyone enrolled in the beginner/intermediate course should finish the course being able to communicate verbally with the Spanish-speaking patient.  Please visit the Spanish for California Nurses Continuing Education page and click on the Beginner/Intermediate Level tab for more detailed information. 

The intermediate/advanced course is for the person with prior knowledge in Spanish, is comfortable speaking it, may or may not make a lot of mistakes, but more or less understands Spanish when spoken to and wants to focus entirely on in-depth, patient/nurse scenarios.  Anyone enrolled in the intermediate/advanced course should finish the course being able to communicate with the Spanish-speaking patient in both written & verbal format, and in the context of many in-depth, patient/nurse scenarios.  Please visit the Spanish for California Nurses Continuing Education page and click on the Intermediate/Advanced Level tab for more detailed information.  If you’re still unsure as to which course you should enroll in, please contact us so that we may help you make the appropriate decision!

I don’t speak that much Spanish…will I still be able to learn enough in 10 days to communicate with my patients?  That’s a common question, but in fact, you will learn enough to be able to communicate with your patients–even if you don’t know any Spanish at all!  As experienced language learners, teachers, and healthcare interpreters, we know which verbs & phrases are most commonly used, as well as the tenses & vocabulary you will most frequently encounter.  The 10 days will be focused on learning & improving your skills, so that you come out of it being able to speak with your Spanish-speaking patients & understand what they are saying.

Are either of the Spanish for Nurses Continuing Education courses refundable?  Our refund policy is that refunds will be granted in full with a greater than 60 day cancellation notification. Refunds of 50% of the course cost will be granted if the cancellation notification is less than 60 days from the event. No refunds are granted for absentee attendance. For course cancellation by the provider, 100% refund will be given.

Are you California BRN continuing education provider approved? Yes, we are provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Continuing Education Provider  #CEP16913, for 30 contact hours.

Will I receive a certificate after course completion? Yes, all attendees who have completed the course for 30 contact hours will receive a certificate showing course completion for the corresponding course level taken.

I’m being audited and I lost my certificate, how may I get a copy of the course I took with you? Please contact us and we will get it to you right away!

My family/friend/companion would like to stay with me during the course…is that possible? Yes, depending on cabin availability, it is possible, and s/he will only be charged 50% of the entire course fee.  Please contact us for details so that we can sort out sleeping arrangements and see if it is possible.

What is the beta group that is listed in April? Although we are experienced educators and interpreters, this is the first program of its kind that we have ever done…we realize that people are generally hesitant to sign up to any program without reading any feedback or reviews beforehand, thus we are offering a 50% discount for participation in our beta group.  This entails everything the regular program does, but it also gives us a chance to iron out any wrinkles and get your necessary feedback so that we can continue to improve the course.  If you’re interested in the beta group, please sign up now, because spaces are limited!

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