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Student uses Gateway Spanish program to expand career, self

Kate McGuinness

Kate McGuinness says the newly expanded Spanish program at Gateway has given her the added skills to be even better in her current, and future, career.

Gateway Technical College Nursing student Kate McGuinness wanted to gain the skills to be an even more proficient health care worker for the sake of her patients – and her career.

The skills she sought were more than just medical critical thinking skills and how to properly administer an intravenous needle. She also wanted the soft skills that would help her to better connect with and help patients, as well as give her an edge over other applicants.

Kate sought to learn Spanish through Gateway’s expanded Spanish language program.

“Having those skills will help me connect with patients better. I also think it makes me more marketable, helps me to stand out,” says Kate.

Kate says the immersion-style courses she took at Gateway prepared her well.

“I had no history with Spanish, and taking it intimidated me at first. I came with an open mind, and was pleasantly surprised. It was in an immersion format, and, soon enough, I began to understand what was being said.

“The instructor was great, and helped me to build my confidence. He made everything relatable, and worked hard to help you to understand.”

After taking all four semesters of the program, Kate believes she can use it in some aspects of her job as a certified nursing assistant in an area health care facility. She points out she needs more training to officially use it for medical terms, but has already used it to speak to family members of patients who primarily speak Spanish.

“Having those skills will help me connect with patients better.
I also think it makes me more marketable, helps me to stand out.”

- Kate McGuinness

“It helps me to communicate on a very human level, in relating to the patient and family. It brings a level of security to the situation. It’s a good skill to have in my back pocket.”

Kate plans to continue her Gateway Nursing degree studies.

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