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NURSING IN GERMANY

Nursing is in Germany an independent profession working, in hospital, closely together with physicians. Nurses support patients holistically with their physical, mental, and spiritual needs in mind.

Nursing tasks include…

  • … assessing the individual nursing need for each patient, selecting appropriate measures, and evaluating their success periodically.
  • … supporting patients with their basic and body care, targeting to rebuild or maintain the patients’ highest level of independence.
  • … consulting and supporting patients’ family members on nursing questions and related challenges.
  • … supporting in situations of the loss of abilities, the process of dying and death.
  • … tasks related to doctors’ treatments, the organisation, and the administration.

Nurses gain their professional qualifications typically in a three-year apprenticeship, combining theoretical learning in nursing schools and practical trainings in various settings dedicated to the nursing of individual. Nursing is a government regulated profession thus each apprenticeship ends with an official nursing exam.

NURSES FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION

Nurses holding a recognised nursing degree from one of the European Union’s countries or Switzerland can get their degrees recognised without additional exams. They need, however, provide proof of a profound knowledge of the German language.

NURSES FROM COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION

Nurses holding a recognised nursing degree from a country outside the European Union need to proof, too, profound knowledge of the German language. In addition, and prior to being granted a visa, they are required to have the curriculum of their nursing studies plus their individual professional work experience (excluding internships) compared to the German curriculum of the three-year nursing apprenticeship (Gleichwertigkeitsprüfung). The resulting formal notice (Defizitbescheid) lists the areas and amount of training hours to be completed prior to the recognition of the degree. Both the theoretical and practical deficits listed in the notice can be balanced by attending a recognition course (Anpassungskurs) of taking the German nursing exam (Kenntnisprüfung). The comparison should be applied for in the state (Bundesland) in which employment as professional nurse is desired.

The comparison typically takes approx. 6 months from providing all required documents and translations. A proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language can be provided with a German-B1 certificate issued by Goethe institution or ÖSD which must not be older than 1 year at the time of visa application. Not all German embassies accept certificates issued by ECL or TELC. An extra-occupational language training typically takes 6-9 month for a German-B1 certificate and another 3-6 months for a German-B2 certificate. Our recognition courses (Anpassungskurs) and preparation courses for the exam (Kenntnisprüfungsvorbereitungskurs) have a duration of 7-12 months and typically cover the theoretical and practical deficits.

Applying for the comparison (Gleichwertigkeitsprüfung) in the state of North Rhine Westphalia https://www.bezreg-muenster.de/de/gesundheit_und_soziales/zag/index.html.
Applying for the comparison (Gleichwertigkeitsprüfung) in the state of Bremen https://www.gesundheit.bremen.de/gesundheit/berufe-im-gesundheitswesen/anerkennung-auslaendischer-diplome-in-den-gesundheitsfachberufen-34111.

APPLY NOW

You would like to work as a professional nurse in one of Germany’s biggest Christian group of hospitals? Apply now with these documents:

  • Gapless resumé including photograph
  • Recognition note (Defizitbescheid) from North Rhein Westphalia or Bremen
  • Language certificate German B2 issued by Goethe, ÖSD, TELC, or ECL

Those nurses contracted with us receive a working contract as assistant nurse and a guarantee for an unlimited contract as a professional nurse from the successful completion of the recognition of their nursing degree in Germany. We cover the costs of the recognition course (Anpassungskurs) or the preparation course for the exam (Kenntnisprüfungsvorbereitungskurs) including the continuous payment of the salary whilst attending the course. For the first 6 months in Germany, we provide inexpensive accommodation. Our working contracts and conditions are guided by the AVR union contract valid for all catholic hospitals and institutions in Germany.

Please send you application exclusively to Mrs. Barbara Köster (koester(at)st-franziskus-stiftung.de). Each application will automatically be considered against jobs opportunities in all hospitals and nursing homes of St. Francis Foundation https://www.st-franziskus-stiftung.de/die-einrichtungen/die-einrichtungen-der-franziskus-stiftung.html. Additional applications to the hospitals cause additional efforts and do not lead to a preferred treatment of the application.

We regret that incomplete applications and applications to other recipients cannot be processed due to high number of applications we receive.

Attention: We accept only applications from countries which are not listed in the Health Workforce Support and Safeguards List of the WHO.

NURSING APPRENCTICES FROM OUTSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION

We have a limited number of vacancies for individuals from outside the European Union who would like to attend our three-year nursing apprenticeship (Ausbildung zur Pflegefachfrau/zum Pflegefachmann). Please apply with the following documents:

  • Gapless resumé including photograph
  • Language certificate German B2 issued by Goethe, ÖSD, TELC, or ECL
  • Proof of initial experience in nursing
  • Copy of the highest school degree

Please send you apprenticeship application exclusively to Mrs. Barbara Köster (koester(at)st-franziskus-stiftung.de). Each application will automatically be considered against apprenticeship opportunities in all hospitals and nursing homes of St. Francis Foundation https://www.st-franziskus-stiftung.de/die-einrichtungen/die-einrichtungen-der-franziskus-stiftung.html. Additional applications to the hospitals cause additional efforts and do not lead to a preferred treatment of the application.

We regret that incomplete apprenticeship applications and applications to other recipients cannot be processed due to high number of applications we receive.

Attention: We accept only apprenticeship applications from countries which are not listed in the Health Workforce Support and Safeguards List of the WHO {bitte PDF zur Öffnung auf einer neuen Seite hinterlegen}.

SIMPLY ST. FRANCIS

The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis were the originators of St. Francis Foundation in Germany (St. Franziskus-Stiftung Münster) as well as other hospital foundations around the world. Thus, working with professional nurses and physicians from all over the world has a long tradition for us.  We continue the Sisters’ spirit in maintaining the highest quality of healthcare and nursing in modern and technologically advanced environments combined with open hearts, minds and hands for those whom we care for and those who work with us. The values of St. Francis, the Catholic Church and Christian beliefs are important to us.

More than 14.000 nurses, physicians, therapists and other healthcare professionals make St. Francis-Foundation (www.st-franziskus-stiftung.de) with its 15 hospitals one of the largest Christian hospital operators in Germany. We take care of over 580,000 patients every year. Ten homes for elderly people and the disabled, and eleven outpatient facilities and medical specialist centres add to our foundation. Fourteen of our hospitals are in the county of North Rhine Westphalia, one is in the county of Bremen. Professional nurses from all over the world already work with St. Francis Foundation.

INTERNATIONAL RECRUITING

Dr. Heiko Filthuth

Head of International Recruiting

Contact for institutions

+49 251 27079-41

filthuth(at)st-franziskus-stiftung.de

 

Barbara Köster MBA

Care and Process Management

Contact for individual applicants

+49 251 27079-36

koester(at)st-franziskus-stiftung.de

 

Dr. Gertrud Bureick

Project Coordination

+49 251 27079-21

bureick(at)st-franziskus-stiftung.de

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