Recently with the Corona pandemic, there is one professional field in the spotlight: there is a demand for nursing staff, but also under special pressure. On Nursing Day on May 12, three nurses recount how they go about their daily lives. Where are the problems and what makes the job attractive?
Begins: Lukas Walter would rather take care than go to the office
Lukas Walter from Rielasingen completes general nursing training at Hegau-Bodensee-Klinikum.
Lukas Walter says he really wanted to be an industry writer, but he couldn’t imagine working in an office every day. So he decided to begin training as a nursing specialist in April 2021 – in the midst of a pandemic that often sheds light on the situation in nursing. “Corona was more than a motive for the importance of working in this field,” explains the 23-year-old. In his training class, he was one of five young men, the remaining 22 female trainees. Three have already pulled out. He does not think about it himself – also because he has found a good way to deal with stressful situations.
It has seen eight deaths so far, and was the first to find a lifeless patient. “I was overwhelmed at first,” he says. “But I make up well for such experiences with sport and communication.”
Intimate situations with patients were unfamiliar at first
You have to get used to some things, such as getting up early or intimate situations with patients. But he is pleased with how grateful most of the patients are for his help. “You can often learn a lot from people with life experience.” Part of the training now includes looking at different areas of work. That’s why Lucas Walter worked in a nursing home for three months. It was a good experience, but completely nothing, because every day is the same. It is preferable to work in a clinic if you cannot plan.
The 23-year-old hasn’t regretted his decision yet, he said. “I am glad I took this step in nursing. You are also learning for life.” But he would like the profession to become more attractive so that more young people choose the diverse profession. He has two ideas about how to do it: profits and staff shortages. Because the lack of people will stress the rest of the employees – a vicious cycle.
Relay: Andrea Fleischer Frank with Heart for Kids
Andrea Fleischhaker-Franke from Volkertshausen is a pediatric nurse and deputy ward manager at Hegau-Bodensee-Klinikum in Singen.
And Andrea Fleischer Frank’s day-to-day work would be less stressful if she could take care of emergencies. “Parents have become very unsafe,” the pediatric nurse says, and you might confuse an acute clinic with a doctor’s office. On the weekend, 60 to 70 children were coming to the emergency ambulance – none of them were allowed in. On the other hand, those who are really suffering will have to wait a long time.
After about 5,000 hours of overtime accumulated about four years ago, they could have learned to give in: paramedics lighten the load as well as help on the ward and nursing secretaries. “It was a huge rethink and it’s so much better now.”
However, the problem with nurses is that they are too social: “We can’t reconcile our conscience with the strike and so we don’t hear often.” While others are getting high coronavirus insurance premiums, they will simply keep working. “You have to do your work from the heart and soul. But such appreciation and recognition would be wonderful.”
Despite all the stress in nursing, she only worked in another area for a short time – and came back two years later because she missed the variety of work with children.
She should already earn more than her husband. fact
She knew she wouldn’t get rich in the care sector, says the pediatric nurse. “I couldn’t make big leaps on my own.” Sometimes she would talk to her husband about the fact that the opposite must be true: she must earn more than she earns in business because human lives are at stake for her. Instead of traveling abroad three times a year, they vacationed in Germany every year.
Her children were accustomed to the mother’s work, even at night and on public holidays. But her daughter still remembers that years ago she had to go to the night service on New Year’s Eve right after a game of raclette. In return, she was able to celebrate Christmas with her family, says Andrea Fleischer-Frank.
It helps differently: Evelyn Fenderish now has more time for people
Evelyn Fendrich is now Vice President of Specialized Palliative Outpatient Care (SAPV). Before that I worked in clinics for a long time.
The fact that sponsorship is symbolically taking center stage is nothing new for Evelyn Fendreich. This has always been the case, as a nursing professional explains after decades in the health care system. Now the risks and conditions involved in the profession are becoming more and more clear and obvious. She thinks it’s good for the caregiver to become more self-confident – that was different in her early years. “After training in Constance, getting a job was not so easy,” she says.
After a few years in the inpatient ward at Radolfzell, I moved to the intensive care unit. But after her mother died in the intensive care unit, the area lost meaning to her. For the next 13 years in the surgical outpatient, she felt she could do something — and she could see patients go home.
However, the working conditions are special: at first I found it good that times weren’t so rigid. “But it wasn’t always easy to juggle a family with three kids and shift work,” says Fendrich. The morning shift started at six in the morning, but the kindergarten didn’t open until eight in the morning. In her early fifties she still dared to switch: first to deliver care at Hegau-Bodensee-Klinikum in Singen, and then to SAPV.
Death has lost its horror over the years: “I think it’s important to deal with death. It beats everyone,” says Evelyn Fendrich today. “Some patients live only a few hours, others take care of them for months. A great advantage is that they organize their time themselves.” So it can also take people’s time.
In the clinic today, there is not enough time to build relationships
She could no longer imagine returning to daily life in the hospital: “Patients stay in the hospital for much less time, so it is not possible to build a relationship.” In addition, office work had already increased by that time. “With the constant rate of each hospital case, it is difficult to do justice to the individual patient and their case.”