'Currently, as a medical interpreter, I am responsible for providing real-time translations to patients and their family members,' Lynda says. 'This allows me to bridge the communication gap between the professionals and patients when they do not speak a common language. The goal is to provide holistic, patient-centered care at the Princess Maxima Center for children and parents of all nationalities.’ She is not only translating, but also implementing her knowledge and skills to make the patient journey at the hospital an easier one. Lynda: ‘Accountability, confidentiality and professional secrecy are essential values that I maintain at all times. Along with ethics, patient diversity and respect of different cultural backgrounds.’
Lynda Hachem's mother fled from Ukraine to the Netherlands due to the war. Lynda, her husband, and their two-year-old daughter followed for family reunification. When the family settled in Almere, Lynda felt it was time to look for work. She had worked as a pediatric nurse for more than ten years. At the time of applying, Lynda did not yet speak Dutch. Therefore, people gave her little chance in the job market. However, she found the job opportunity at the Princess Máxima Center herself. It seemed tailor-made for her. In the Máxima Center, Ukrainian and other international children are admitted. Lynda's language skills are fully utilized here.