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What Is a Bilingual Nurse Practitioner and How to Become One

Bilingual Nurse Practitioner

What Does a Bilingual Nurse Practitioner Do?

As a bilingual nurse practitioner, you complete the responsibilities of a NP while working with patients that speak languages other than English. A nurse practitioner records health history, performs physical exams, orders diagnostic tests, educates patients and families, and administers medicine and treatment. In addition to your regular duties, you may be asked to translate and explain procedures and treatment options to patients in their native language. You may collaborate with a physician or work independently and can provide general services or specialize in an area, such as pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatry.

How to Become a Bilingual Nurse Practitioner

To become a bilingual nurse practitioner, you must first pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing and earn your RN license by passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses Exam. Most employers prefer an NP with a master's or doctorate in nursing. In addition to the educational requirements, you must be multilingual. You must be fluent in a minimum of two languages, with native-level skills reading, writing, and speaking. Additional qualifications include proficient computer skills, excellent bedside manner and communication, and the ability to work with patients from different backgrounds.