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Clinical nurse specialist / geriatric nurse / occupational health and paediatric nurse

Are you communicative and do you like working with people? Are you also interested in medicine and organisation and you are reliable and conscientious? Then training to become a clinical nurse specialist could be just right for you. Here you will work in the care of people of all ages in various areas, e.g. in hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient care services. Possible areas of work include geriatric nursing and occupational health and paediatric nursing.
 

Vocational training content

This training offers three options. Either nursing training for all ages (clinical nurse specialist) or long-term care (geriatric nurse) or paediatrics (occupational health and paediatric nurse).

In the first two years of training, general nursing training is provided in all three cases. This includes teaching about the healthy and ill human being as well as preventive and curative measures. Knowledge of the use of digital administration software, e.g. in nursing documentation, as well as the use of medical technology innovations round off the training. 
Before starting your 3rd year of training, you will have the option to choose your specialisation for the last third of your programme: either geriatric nursing or occupational health care and paediatric nursing or continuing the generalist nursing training and earning the clinical nurse specialist degree. 
Good to know: The generalised, state training qualification of clinical nurse specialists is recognised throughout the EU.
 

Special requirements 

  • School requirements: You will need a certificate of intermediate education. 
  • Sufficient knowledge of German: Depending on the federal state, you need German language skills at level B1 or B2 according to the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • Physical aptitude: With a certificate from a German doctor, you must prove that you are physically and mentally healthy and therefore suitable for the profession.
  • Reliability: In order to prove your trustworthiness, you will need proof of your criminal record. Depending on the situation, you may need to provide this through a certificate of good conduct from your home country or through a German police clearance certificate.
     

Learning environment

The practical part of the training takes place in a hospital, nursing home or outpatient nursing service and is more extensive than the theoretical part, which takes place in a nursing school. In addition, practical training is provided in specialised institutions, i.e. in a children's hospital, in a psychiatric hospital, in counseling centres or hospices. Full-time training ends after three years (part-time after five years) with a state examination.
 

Remuneration corresponding to years of training

1st year     € 1,166.00

2nd year    € 1,227.00

3rd year     € 1,328.00

Remuneration (TVAöD): gross salary before tax and deductions for social security contributions; source: Federal Employment Agency (BA), as of August 2021.
 

Workplaces   

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Outpatient nursing services
  • Residential homes for people with disabilities
  • Counseling centers and hospices
     

Prospects after training

  • Clinical nurse specialists take on tasks reserved solely for them, i.e. they assess individual nursing needs, organise nursing processes, carry out nursing and medical measures and are responsible for quality assurance of nursing care. 
  • Further education is necessary to keep up to date, e.g. in the field of hygiene, in nursing or in the implementation of various measures connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Promotional education to become a "specialist nurse" in a wide range of areas, such as intensive care, surgery or geriatric psychiatry. In addition, further education is possible in the areas of case management, managerial posts or as a practical instructor in care. 
  • Bachelor's degree programmes in the areas of nursing with various specialisations, such as nursing science, vocational education for nursing and health care professions, health and nursing management. Moreover, there are also in-service degree programmes, particularly in advanced clinical nursing. These include emergency nursing, neurological nursing and oncology nursing.   
  • The path to self-employment, e.g. with an outpatient nursing and social service.
     

Further information on this profession:

Federal Employment Agency 

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

Nursing occupations – gaining in significance during the coronavirus crisis

 

Further information on the web:

Federal Ministry for Education and Research

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