You've wanted to be a nurse since you were a little kid? Then you have certainly not missed the fact that hardly any other occupational field is currently as much in the news as the nursing sector. "Nursing emergency" is a word often used in this context. There is a shortage of personnel everywhere. That is why the German government has decided on a program worth billions for 2019: Thousands of new jobs are to be created, working conditions and salaries improved. So should you be interested in working in a nursing profession, at least one thing is pretty certain: a job. Our overview with a short description of the profession-. A detailed overview of the field of work and related professions will help you to find your way around.
Training as a nurse no longer exists
Even though most patients still call nurses "nurses," the profession has been around for a long time this profession has not existed since 2004. It has been replaced by the profession of health and nursing assistant (GuK). The fields of work are varied and the recognition of this nursing profession has rightly risen sharply in recent years. As a link between patient and doctor, you will work in hospitals, nursing and rehabilitation clinics or with humanitarian organizations, for example. Training lasts three years and takes place at nursing schools, which are often affiliated with hospitals. Your training includes 2100 hours of theory and 2500 hours of practice. Afterwards, numerous further and advanced training opportunities are open to you: whether in intensive care, anesthesia or in outpatient care. You can specialize and become an operating room nurse or oncology nurse specialist, for example. If that's not enough for you, you can take a further training course to become a ward manager or study a health subject such as nursing management, nursing science or nursing pedagogy at university or a university of applied sciences.
What do the activities look like? Whether in nurse training – as it was until 2004 – or in training to become a healthcare-. Nurses today – the job content has remained largely the same. In short, you will nurse, care for and observe patients in inpatient facilities or in the outpatient sector. This can mean that you change bandages or administer medication according to a doctor's orders. You assist in medical examinations and surgical procedures, operate and monitor medical equipment, and accompany doctors on rounds. You create care plans, evaluate them and document them. The list of jobs can be continued endlessly. The profession is as diverse as the people you care for.
What related professions are there?
In addition to a job as a GuK, there are several other interesting professions in the environment of nursing and care for people. The so-called helper and assistant conversions in the nursing field, for example, allow you a simplified training with a shorter apprenticeship period. As a health and nursing assistant, you can shorten the training period at the vocational school to one or two years with a secondary school diploma and later work in the same areas as the GuKs, but with less responsibility and a lower salary. If you like to work with old people, the profession of geriatric nurse is the right one for you. You work in old people's homes-. nursing homes for the elderly or in mobile care. The training lasts three years, as with the GuK, the earning potential is similar. You prefer working with young people? Then you can specialize as a health care and nursing assistant in the care and nursing of children. Your field of work will then mainly be children's wards and children's hospitals. As a special education nurse, you support and care for people with disabilities in daycare centers, residential and nursing homes, and special schools, among other places.
Do you want to work less nursing and caring, but still in the medical field and in close contact with people, take a look at our professions from A to Z. Here you can find information about professions such as optometrist, physiotherapist or medical assistant.
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