Our communicative approach to education is a firm cornerstone of our teaching concept. As much of the teaching content is primarily fact-based, we aim to involve students in the learning process predominantly through work in small groups using an andragogical method involving the use of dialogue (e.g. subject-specific teaching stations). One of the overriding objectives of this process is to encourage students to act independently when it comes to nursing.
Outcomes are presented back to the class in individual/group presentations. Speakers can obtain feedback which will allow them to directly improve their performance. They’ll learn to work as a group, give joint feedback and deal with criticism. This collective learning experience will improve students’ self-awareness as nurses, broaden their areas of nursing activity and encourage them to be motivated.
Core teaching focuses
Our teaching concept has been developed with the primary objective of preparing nursing staff trained abroad for the theoretical examination required to work in Germany (as per section 40, paragraph 3 of the Pflegeberufegesetz (Law governing nursing professions)). Teaching content and design comply with the German Pflegeberufegesetz. The overriding objective is to provide nursing staff with up-to-date knowledge which enables them to work within healthcare facilities as an independent nurse who possesses the ability to self-reflect and act based on subject-specific expertise.
Specific core competencies come under different areas of expertise used as the umbrella concept. The various capabilities to be acquired correspond to different skill levels (levels of nursing, for example) which need to be achieved. These are included in a detailed teaching plan and are mainly used to indicate that teaching content has been relayed correctly and that the student has followed a continuous process of reflection.
Our educational concept has been designed around day-to-day nursing practice and the associated nursing procedures. In addition to learning about theory, the students will also receive specific instruction on how to use nursing techniques and how to perform basic nursing tasks. During both theoretical and practical training, top priority is given to developing an understanding of what the nursing profession involves in terms of dealing with ill individuals, or those in need of care.
In addition to professional competencies, we consider the issue of socially integrating nursing staff following their immigration to be one of the main challenges dealt with as part of the training we provide. Our aim isn’t for our nursing staff to simply assimilate or adapt, rather, we strive to achieve cultural diversity in the long term, whereby staff can preserve their cultural and social independence as far as is possible.