National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) Launches Medical Spanish Certification Course

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NAHN partners with Canopy Apps for program to improve bilingual healthcare

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The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) has announced the launch of a Spanish certification program for bilingual healthcare providers in partnership with Canopy Apps, a health tech company that is improving access to information across language barriers to improve healthcare. The program also includes access to the three-level NAHN Medical Spanish Course, a comprehensive and self-paced online course covering the essentials of patient-provider communication in Spanish

The NAHN Medical Spanish Certification exam assesses the ability for an individual to communicate directly with Hispanic patients in a clinical setting without the use of an interpreter. NAHN will be offering 18 Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) credits for completion of the course.

In line with NAHN’s dedication to the professionalism and advancement of Hispanic nurses, the NAHN Medical Spanish Certification offers access to improved provider competencies in Hispanic culture and language. Healthcare providers- both on the individual and organizational level - benefit from increased proficiency in medical Spanish, resulting in the ability to reach individuals who are unable or afraid to get assistance because of linguistic barriers. The adoption of this credentialing in the provider community on a wide-spread basis has broad-reaching potential, including reduced risk of medication and treatment non-adherence in a growing Hispanic American population with increasing medical needs.

The NAHN Medical Spanish Course is a comprehensive, self-paced online course covering the essentials of patient-provider communication in Spanish. The medical Spanish knowledge provided in the three-level program results in a provider who can communicate with and provide appropriate care to Hispanic patients.

“This program is one of the most important offerings NAHN has brought to our community, and we are pleased to make it available through our partnership with Canopy Apps,” said Dan Suarez, MA, RN, NAHN President. “Eliminating barriers to care – especially language barriers – is essential to providing quality care to our communities. Having a nursing workforce that is proficient in medical Spanish is a big step in helping us not only build the skills of our members, but is our legacy for all providers in helping to improve patient care and outcomes.”

For more information on the NAHN Medical Spanish certification course and exam please go to:

About National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

NAHN National Association of Hispanic Nurses® is a non-profit professional association committed to the promotion of the professionalism and dedication of Hispanic nurses by providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses. NAHN is also dedicated to the improvement of the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers.

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