Care for others – and yourself
A basic education course for assistant nurses
In Göttingen, Gemany, we tested an innovative course for assistant nurses in homes for the elderly. As nursing staff is in high demand in Germany, many assistant nurses are working there who need additional training to cope with the extraordinarily high requirements of the job. On the one hand, the care for others often leads to health problems of the nurses themselves due to both physical and mental stress. On the other hand the job requires more and more bureaucratic work to be done, for example with respect to documentation of work processes. This needs reading and writing skills of a specialised kind, including acquaintance with specialised terminology.
The experimental course set up (and carried out two times in a row) by VHS Göttingen Osterode provided solutions for both problems: it intertwined topcis of "self-care on the job" with literacy skills centered around the specific needs in nursing. The course was based on previous work of VHS Göttingen to develop this topic and used teaching aids deveoped in a previous project. The special set up of the course, as well as the arrangements found with local nursing facilities, were unique to the MobileBE project and are highly innovative.
Watch our 3 minutes video documentary on this innovative course.
The Video is availabe in several European languages.
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