Nurses from Guangdong Province Arrive in Hong Kong Successively – Mainland Nurses Declare No Problem with Cantonese Proficiency: “If You Can’t Hear Me, I’ll Speak Louder!”
The Hospital Authority held a press conference yesterday afternoon for the “Greater Bay Area Specialist Nursing Knowledge Exchange Program.” Three nurses from Guangdong Province, together with the Chief Nursing Executive, met with reporters. Some journalists questioned whether their proficiency in Cantonese would pose difficulties in communicating with elderly people in Hong Kong and whether they would be able to read medical records in English. The mainland nurses responded that there would be no problem. The Hospital Authority stated that the first batch of 70 nurses had already arrived in Hong Kong in mid-April, and the second batch of 100 nurses from Guangdong Province is expected to arrive in Hong Kong by the end of this year or early next year.
One of the mainland nurses said, “Sometimes, they may not hear me when I speak softly, so I speak louder! Haha.” She also mentioned that she had learned English when she was studying and now reads English literature, believing that English is not a problem for her.
When asked if working in a different place would cause significant stress, the three nurses highly praised the working environment, saying it was “very good.” In addition to having little work pressure, they also expressed that they felt “very happy, really happy!”
The first group of nurses from Guangdong Province who came to Hong Kong for the exchange program is currently participating in basic clinical nursing work in various networked internal medicine and geriatric wards. They are gradually getting involved in specialized nursing under the guidance of specialist nurses and visiting elderly community facilities.