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Job Ladder for Nurses

Job Ladder for Nurses

Further Training and Study for the Direction of a Care Department

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“No day is like the others.“ (Dr Ursula Schmitz)

For about seven years Ursula Schmitz had been working as intensive care nurse, when she had children. Today, she has a doctoral degree and directs the carers of the German nursing service Diakonie in Cologne. “When I wanted to resume work after the children, I asked myself where I would be wanted also in a couple of years.” She started studying educational science with focus on gerontology, taught geriatric care and wrote her dissertation.

Nevertheless, Ursula Schmitz went back to practice as geriatric nurse. “I soon got more and more tasks. And I did a correspondence course for the direction of a care department over ten month. This was the fastest alternative.” Afterwards, the Diakonie gave her the job as directress. Today she is responsible for the duty rosters of 130 colleagues, for complaints of clients and accompanies the carers’ rounds. “I have to work independently and I am accountable for the correct care of the clients, since I am liable to it in the ambulatory field.”

She is sure that it was worth wile to do further trainings. “I will never get rich in the social field, but it’s fun for me”, the 56-year-old says happily. And her wish is to motivate and support her colleagues in matters of further education. “I always ask them: Where do you want to go to?” There are many opportunities and fields of work - like in home care of cancer or chronically ill patients and in palliative care.”


Further Education Clinical Study Nurse

“This profession has good prospects.“ (Arne Rutsch)

A study nurse accompanies clinical trials at university and teaching hospitals, cares for patients, documents results and is contact person for principals. In the studies voluntary subjects test new drugs. In three phases which can last several years the drugs get tested before they are allowed to come onto the market. “The job is very exciting – for all people and perhaps for me, as well, if I will need the drugs later”, says Arne Rutsch.

In 2001 a friend gave the registered nurse the idea to apply for a job which deals with studies for a drug maker. Since march of this year, he has been working as a study nurse in a department for clinical trials at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Shortly, he will do the official further education as study nurse which takes six to twelve month.

“Study nurse does not have a lot in common with the usual care work”, explains Arne Rutsch. However, he still has a lot of contact to the patients, controls their data permanently, takes blood samples and watches electrocardiograms. Furthermore, he does office work, talks to patients, physicians and clients. His conclusion: “I am glad working in this job, because it is fun.”


Further Education Kinaesthetics

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„For Kinaesthetics the carer has to be creative.“ (Antriani Steenebrügge)

Learning Kinaesthetics means learning to use simple methods to conserve one’s own and the patient’s energy as much as possible which is important in a physically hard job. „With Kinaesthetics one tries to discover how to support the patient’s movements“, explains Antriani Steenebrügge. She is chairlady of the Association Kinaesthetics Germany which was established in 2006.

For 20 years Antriani Steenebrügge had been working as a nurse for intensive care at the Catholic Clinical Centre Bochum, Germany. “I knew I did not want to do this for the rest of my life. Then I got to know Kinaesthetics in the 90th. After my first courses I had great experiences with my patients at the intensive care unit”, she remembers. Soon, she was asked to show her colleagues what she had learned. For this reason she made a training to become a coach. Later on I offered external courses by order of the clinic.” Three years ago, she got a staff position where she is responsible for quality in care and for Kinaesthetics.

The further education for carers consists of three courses in which the basic knowledge of certain actions in carers’ daily routine and motion analysis are taught. “Our care manager says, Kinaesthetics is a quality feature for our house. For this reason, almost all staff attended the basic course.”

Natascha Mörs

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