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All About Medical InPerson Interpreter (IPI) Jobs

Working as an onsite interpreter in a healthcare setting provides professionals the opportunity to help others, enjoy flexibility and grow their careers. Medical interpreters enable patients to communicate with their healthcare providers.

Cristina P., Language Specialist with AMN Healthcare Language Services, has a deep background in medical interpretation across all modalities and is a Nationally Certified Medical Spanish Interpreter with CCHI (Commission Certification for Healthcare Interpreters).

“Interpreters are the voice for both the provider and the patient,” she explained. “For interpreters, there is room to be an advocate. You are serving and helping somebody who has limited English language skills. You are also the voice and the ears for the provider.”

We currently have jobs available in several cities for qualified medical InPerson Interpreters.

What You Need to Know about Medical Onsite, InPerson Interpreter jobs

“InPerson Interpreters are independent contractors”, Cristina explained. “We contract both spoken language and sign language interpreters in a variety of healthcare settings.”

To become a spoken language interpreter, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • If available for your target language, a National Interpreter Certification endorsed by NCIHC (National Council on Interpreting in Health Care) or NBCMI (National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters) preferred (for example: CHI, CMI)
  • Third-party Medical Language Proficiency Assessment (LPA)
  • Medical Interpreter Training, 40-hours and above preferred
  • Extensive working knowledge of the National Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (IMIA, CHIA, and NCIHC)
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability) Training for Business Associates, must be renewed annually

Sign language interpreters who want to work with us must meet the following requirements:

  • National Certification at or above NAD (National Association of the Deaf) level 4, RID (Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf) CSD, RID CDI (Certified Deaf Interpreter), CI/CT, NIC, or BEI (Board for Evaluation of Interpreters) Advanced
  • Familiarity with local state laws and the “Americans with Disabilities Act”
  • Extensive working knowledge of the NAC/RID Code of Professional Conduct and Deaf Culture
  • HIPAA Training for Business Associates, renewed annually

Cristina specializes in InPerson Interpreting sessions fulfillment and handles requests from clients and hospitals that have needs for medical interpreters to ensure that sessions are filled with a qualified interpreter.

The Benefits of Working as an InPerson Interpreter

Session lengths vary widely for medical InPerson Interpreters. Some assignments could last just a few hours while other interpreter sessions could be long-term, lasting up to several weeks. With the ability to choose sessions that work with their schedule, InPerson Interpreters have the flexibility to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Regardless of the session length, InPerson Interpreters enjoy a very fulfilling and rewarding career, seeing the impact they make on patient care firsthand.

“Working as an InPerson Interpreter is very rewarding,” Cristina said. “You are bridging the gap of communication, you are continuously learning, and mastering the art of delivering the message that is conveyed in one language with the same meaning and intent”. In any scenario you feel you are making a huge difference, but working as an InPerson Interpreter allows you to gather the most information and nonverbal cues in the room to do the best job”.

Launch Your Medical Interpreter Career with AMN Healthcare Language Services

Are you interested in becoming a medical InPerson Interpreter? Do you crave a career where you can contribute to health equity and better patient outcomes through improved communication? If so, we are here to guide you through every step of the process. Simply submit your interest in working as an InPerson Interpreter with us or connect with one of our language specialists.

The sky's the limit when it comes to medical interpreter jobs with AMN Healthcare Language Services.

“One thing that caught my attention from day one is that I’ve never heard one single interpreter say that they don’t love their job as an interpreter,” Cristina concluded. “I think it’s very fulfilling and there's an incredible sense of appreciation of having an interpreter present that brings a sense of certainty that their [the patient’s] voice is being heard. At some point you realize how important your presence is in that room. Both patient and provider would not be communicating effectively if you weren’t there. In a very short amount of time, you get the satisfaction that you are really making a difference.”

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