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The Tenth Standard of Practice: Don’t Be Alone With the Patient

One of the major challenges for any professional interpreter is marrying the code of ethics with realities of life. Here is a blog by one interpreter who did it: “There is no tenth standard of practice, and there is no standard that explicitly states, “Don’t be alone with the patient.” But the way interpreters and interpreter trainers talk, you’d think there was. I am guilty of participating in the creating and reinforcing of this belief.

“Just DON’T do it,” I remember telling interpreter trainees back in 2009, when I was cutting my teeth as an interpreter trainer. “Don’t EVER be alone with the patient.”


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Article originally found in IEO Insider from August 18, 2017.

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