Hispanic Studies for Nursing Majors

Hispanic Studies Minor
A Hispanic Studies minor prepares students for an ever growing job market.

The Need For Spanish Speaking Nurses

Illinois Wesleyan offers a formal minor in Hispanic Studies as a complement to the bachelor of science in nursing. The six-course minor includes work in language, literature, and culture through the University’s Department of Hispanic Studies, including a medical Spanish course where linguistic and cultural skills are put to use in a professional context.

All nurses must be prepared to provide culturally competent nursing care. Spanish language study will help prepare IWU nursing graduates to meet that challenge.

  • The Hispanic/Latino population is the second largest and fastest growing minority in the United States
  • By 2060, one in four Americans will be Hispanic/Latino*
  • Mexican-Americans comprise over 60% of that population*
  • Illinois is one of 12 states with a large Hispanic/Latino population, comprising more than 15% of the population*
  • Hispanics face greater barriers when acquiring health care than whites (25% of Hispanics have no usual source of care, that’s 11% higher than the white population)*
  • Hispanic/Latinos are underrepresented in nursing education - under 7%**
  • Wesleyan graduates practice in areas where many Hispanic/Latinos speak Spanish as a primary language
  • Wesleyan graduates working throughout the country report the need for language skills as registered nurses

* Source: Kaiser Family Foundation, 2019
** Source: NAHN (National Association of Hispanic Nurses)

Hispanic Studies Minor for Nursing Majors

If you have a strong background in Spanish language study:

  • Declare a Hispanic Studies minor offered by the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures in cooperation with the School of Nursing

All nurses must be prepared to provide culturally competent nursing care. Spanish language study will help prepare IWU nursing graduates to meet that challenge. The Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures offers several options to meet minor requirements:

  • Study Abroad as an IWU student while living in:

Barcelona, Spain:during the sophomore year, spring semester, with immersion in Spanish language and culture while living with host families in Barcelona. As part of the IWU Spain Program, students take courses offered in Spanish through Barcelona International College (BIC) while taking IWU nursing courses and participating in clinical observation experiences.

  • Campus classes in Spanish
  • Spanish/nursing internships in the USA or in Mexico
  • Direct patient care experiences with Spanish-speaking health care professionals and patients in hospitals, clinics, or home care agencies
    Tamara (Snevely) Walters '20 and Dr. Carolyn Jarvis at their induction into the Spanish Honor Society, November 2019
    Tamara (Snevely) Walters '20 and Dr. Carolyn Jarvis at their induction into the Spanish Honor Society, November 2019

"My ultimate goal in nursing is to be more than a paid professional within the healthcare system and that is why I chose to pursue a Hispanic Studies minor. I want to provide not only the most medically effective care, but I also want to provide the most culturally comfortable care.

The IWU School of Nursing and the Hispanic Studies Department have not only emphasized my potential as a registered nurse, but has also aided in my discovery of who the people are around me, what similarities we share, and how we can create a more diversified, yet accepting, community in this constantly changing world.

Tamara '20

 

Spanish Language Minor Course Requirements

Spanish Language Option for Nursing Major

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