This is a viable entry point for Deaf or hearing interpreters who have already satisfied the requirements for Novice Healthcare Interpreter:
- Observed non-interpreted medical interactions.
- Observed experienced interpreters in healthcare settings.
- Documented 200 hours of healthcare interpreting experience.
- Arranged supervision for 75% of healthcare interpreting hours.
May be qualified to interpret in the following settings or situations. Ideally is supervised 50% of the time:
- Routine inpatient care
- Acute care (with supervision)
- Urgent care (with supervision)
- Video remote interpreting (with supervision)
- Specialty care clinics (cardiology, HIV/AIDS, ob-gyn, dialysis)
- Health planning meetings following a diagnosis
- Diabetes education
Develop specialized knowledge and skills, which may include
Interpreting for Deaf-Blind patients
- RID Standard Practice Paper: Interpreting for Individuals who are Deaf-Blind
- National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting Annotated Bibliography
Working as a designated interpreter
- Deaf professionals and designated interpreters
- Deaf Professionals and Designated Interpreters (Project Muse)
- Achieving successful partnerships: Deaf professionals and designated interpreters
Mental health or other specialty care settings
- Bibliography of Mental Health Interpreting
- Alabama Department of Mental Health Interpreter Training
- Lillian Garcia Peterkin — Plenary Session A Deaf Consumer/Interpreter in Healthcare: A Dual Perspective
Video remote interpreting
- Alley, Erica. (2009). Exploring remote interpreting. International Journal of Interpreter Education, 4(1).
- NAD Position Statement: VRI in hospitals
- NAD Position Statement: Use of Video Remote Interpreting in the Medical Setting
- NAD Position Statement: Healthcare Access for Deaf People
Complete additional readings on specialty focus
Observe specialty focus interpreting
Attend workshops and training on specialty focus
Participate in a healthcare interpreting fellowship
Document your progress on the worksheets in Using the Healthcare Interpreting Career Lattice (PDF).
Moving Up the Lattice
Once you have completed this additional preparation, you are ready to move on to working as:
This is a viable entry point for Deaf or hearing interpreters who have satisfied the requirements for Novice Healthcare Interpreter and Intermediate Healthcare Interpreter and have:
- Documented 200 additional hours of healthcare interpreting.
- 100 of the above may have a specialty focus (e.g. cardiology, mental health, ob-gyn, oncology, video remote, etc.).
- Documented 100 additional hours of supervised healthcare interpreting.
May be qualified to undertake the following types of assignments:
- Crisis situations (mental health, emergency room)
- Chronic disease and pain management
- Pre-op, post-op, urgent and emergency care
- Mental health care
- Mentor newer interpreters in healthcare interpreting
- Supervise Novice and Intermediate Healthcare Interpreters
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