The social committee decided on Wednesday to form a round table with the welfare associations in order to look for strategies against the shortage of skilled workers in geriatric care. The reputation of the care occupations is not optimal, stated the new social department head Monika Mueller. Care can be so beautiful – as employees of the Schulzen Hof retirement home in Fallersleben emphasize.
The geriatric nurse Sven Brandes wanted to learn his profession already as an 18-year-old. Because he could not find an apprenticeship, he switched to production. At the age of 27, he began retraining as a nursing assistant, then became a registered geriatric nurse, and today, at 33, he "loves" his job. "I go home with pride and recognition," says Brandes. His colleague Kathrin Paschkowski worked in outpatient care for eleven years. A year ago, she moved to the Schulzen Hof and feels "pudelwohl" in the retirement home. Paschkowski likes the contact with the inhabitants, the working atmosphere, the exchange with the colleagues, the regulated working hours and the training and further training possibilities.
A prime example of care careers is the career of Katrin Antoncic. She completed a three-year training course as a geriatric nurse, then managed a residential area and guided nursing students. After ten years at Schulzen Hof, she is head of nursing services. It would wish itself more financial acknowledgment for humans, who maintain. They achieved a lot, physically and psychologically, worked independently, made decisions even under less than optimal conditions. "You have so much responsibility," says Antoncic.
Janet Wehner is a career changer. At 40, the trained physician's assistant, who took a long break from working life to raise her family, is in her first year of training. She dropped by the Schulzen Hof on the off-chance, was sent straight to the office of home manager Angela Wesche – and was able to start practically immediately. What Wehner likes: "The work is very versatile, and you can go into different areas afterwards."Working in an apartment for dementia patients, for example, or teaching.
Like Janet Wehner, Katrin Antoncic, Kathrin Paschkowski and Sven Brandes, the head of the accompanying service, Melanie Janzen, and Angela Wesche also burn for the work with people. But Antoncic always gets the same reaction when she mentions that she works in geriatric care: "I couldn't do that!" She shrugs her shoulders. "And I couldn't do the same thing every day."
Competing with a company like Volkswagen is difficult for charities. Especially since many job seekers don't even know that they no longer have to pay to attend geriatric nursing schools. The German Red Cross, which runs the Schulzen Hof, tries in many ways to recruit new talent. Since 2017, trainees from Vietnam have been working at Schulzen Hof for the first time. Individual nursing assistants are given training with full pay. Apprenticeship pay increased and option to do part of apprenticeship part-time created.
Worthwhile it is from view of the team in any case. "Nursing is a profession you can be absorbed in," says Angela Wesche. Anyone who is curious can find out more about the occupational field of geriatric nursing at the DRK office in Walter-Flex-Weg, at the nursing schools or even directly at Schulzen Hof.