Popular apprenticeships ( Nurse )

Nursing specialist / geriatric nurse / health and pediatric nurse

Are you communicative and enjoy working with people? Are you also interested in medicine and organization and are you reliable and conscientious? Then training to become a nurse could be just the thing for you. Here you work in the care of people of all ages in different areas, e.g. B. in hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient care services. Possible focus areas are care of the elderly and health and child care.

Training content

This training offers three options. Either training for care of all ages (nurse) or long-term care (geriatric nurse) or pediatrics (health and child nurse).

In the first two years of training, generalist nursing training is provided in all three cases. This includes teaching about healthy and sick people as well as preventive and curative measures. Knowledge of the use of digital management programs, e.g. B. in nursing documentation as well as the use of medical technology innovations round off the training.

Before the start of the third year of training, you have the choice of whether you want to specialize in care for the elderly or health and children’s nursing in the last third of your training, or whether you want to continue generalist training and obtain the qualification as a nurse.

Good to know: The generalized, state training qualification for nurses is recognized throughout the EU.

Special requirements

School requirements: You need a secondary school leaving certificate.

Sufficient knowledge of German: Depending on the federal state, you need knowledge of level  B2 according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(GER).

Health suitability: With a certificate from a German doctor, you must prove that you are physically and mentally healthy and therefore suitable for the profession of nurse.

Reliability: To prove your trustworthiness, you need proof of impunity. Depending on the situation, you have to provide this with a certificate of good conduct from your home country or a German police certificate.

Learning locations

The practical part of the training takes place in a hospital, nursing home or outpatient nursing service and is somewhat more extensive than the theoretical part, which takes place in a nursing school. In addition, practical assignments are planned in specialized facilities, ie in children’s hospitals, psychiatry, counseling centers or hospices. The training ends after three years (in part-time training after five years) with a state examination.

Year of training and training allowance in euros

1st year 1.051,00

2nd year 1.058,95

3rd year 1.129,52

TVAöD training allowance: before taxes and social security contributions; Source: Federal agency for work, As of May 2020

Employing establishments

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • outpatient care services
  • Dormitories for people with disabilities
  • Advice centers and hospices

Perspectives after the training

Nursing professionals only take on tasks reserved for them, ie they determine individual care needs, organize the nursing processes, carry out nursing and medical measures, and are responsible for quality assurance of nursing.

Adaptation training is necessary in order to always stay up to date, e.g. B. in the area of ​​hygiene, in nursing or in the implementation of various measures in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advancement training to “specialist nurse” in a variety of areas such as B. in intensive care, surgery, or geriatric psychiatry. In addition, training courses in the areas of case management, taking on a management position or practical instructions are possible.

Bachelor’s degree in the areas of nursing with different focuses, such as B. Nursing Science, Vocational Education for Nursing and Health Professions, Health and Nursing Management. In addition, there are also part-time courses, particularly in extended clinical nursing. These include emergency care, neurological care, and oncological care.

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