The demographic development in Germany shows very clearly that due to the steeply rising numbers of old people recruiting nursing staff will have to become absolute priority for our government to help senior citizen homes and hospitals fulfill their tasks. And Corona has even aggravated the size of this problem!
Facilitating immigration can certainly provide a solution for this shortage of nursing staff !
And Politicians do react because they also see immigration as an opportunity!
The Federal Ministry for Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit) has recently tried to solve this deplorable situation in the Healthcare Sector. For example, in January 2018 they created a new law, the socalled Pflegestärkungsgesetz as well as the Pflegeberufegesetz (PflBG) valid since January 2020:
Of course, there are already many nurses from Eastern Europe working in Germany in senior citizen homes and hospitals, but unfortunately they often don’t have sufficient German skills to properly communicate with their patients and colleagues. Here the question arises: How can these nurses provide correct medical and personal care if they don’t understand the instructions in the documentation? And how satisfied will the senior citizens living in these homes and paying a lot of money for their quality care services be when they cannot talk to or even understand their helpers?
The basic requirement of good health care is communication
Communication and empathy are considered the basic requirements for successful medical and psychological treatment and care. A personal relationship between the caregivers and patients can only be built with a correct and sensitive communication which is only possible with a good command of the language used. This means in terms of the Common European Reference Framework, they need Level B1 or B2.
Unfortunately, in many cases the recruiters of nursing professionals mostly focus on their professional skills and experience in their home country. The resulting consequences are clear: Dissatisfied patients and colleagues who struggle with explaining the necessary tasks to someone who does not understand them.
The solution: German courses for nurses aiming at B1 or B2
Nowadays, the lack of sufficient German knowledge is seen as a real problem and the state has reacted with rules that require minimum levels of B1 for assistant nurses and B2 for skilled nurses. Therefore, BCU Sprachschule Regensburg has developed intensive language courses in a classroom setting, which due to Corona are now held online. They are specifically adapted to the needs of nurses because they learn:
- The basics of the German language up to B1 or B2 incl. Grammar
- In their professional context, i.e. understanding & writing documents, communicating with patients & family & colleagues
- As well as the required medical vocabulary
- Flexible course times depending on individual working schedules
- Preparation for the telc Test for Nurses/Pflegekräfte B1 & B2
Depending on the learners’ previous German knowledge reaching Level B1and B2 to pass the telc Test B1 or B2 can take up to a maximum of 6 months. But we promise that both the nurses and their health institution will very soon benefit from this intensive course.