Officials launch program aimed at recruiting more Spanish-speaking nurses

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) launched a program in the Bronx Wednesday aimed at recruiting more Spanish-speaking burses. National health studies say these types of programs will be a key strategy for tackling racial health disparities. The Ascend Program, aimed at recruiting more Spanish-speaking nurses, was introduced. The program is open to non-Hispanic nurses who speak fluent Spanish. Thirty-four percent of VNSNY Bronx patients speak Spanish, but only 7 percent of their nurses do. The program is partially funded by a three-year $630,000 federal grant.

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