Recruiting 4.0 – Care Professionals from Far East [Part 1]

32693DA3-8E5E-44D7-861A-9568ADE9C7AD-e1489320640205The deficit of skilled labor is already one of the greatest challenges for care. Thousands of nurses will be missing in the future. In contrast, according to estimates by the German Embassy in the Philippines, there are up to 300,000 super-trained nurses without work. For many years now, the Philippines have been highly specialized in foreign countries. The nursing education is designed as a bachelor’s and master’s degree and is strongly oriented to US requirements. Most of the nurses go to the United States after studying in Arabia and New Zealand. Not least through political changes and initiatives, Germany has also become interesting for many Filipino nurses. They would be needed urgently. However, I also think of the many recruiting campaigns of recent years in Eastern and Southern Europe with rather moderate success. But also to the already successful integrations from Asia and India in the 1970s.

Therefore, the question was how a successful, modern recruiting and implementation concept, including innovative technologies, should look for foreign nurses in order to achieve a high level of acceptance and rapid integration in the German clinics and nursing care facilities, as well as the immigration experts Sustainable and sustainable, today.
Of course, there was also the question of how ethical it is to recruit nurses in their home countries and how their training and working conditions look like.

A key to successful integration is the secure mastery of the German language and the specialist vocabulary. At the same time, I am convinced that the experts should already come from their home countries in a German-speaking country in order to be able to devote themselves to the professional adaptation. However, most programs do not see the language qualification until they are in Germany, thus increasing the time needed to embed and recognize, as well as the risk of not reaching the level of language and thus the recognition.

For a long time, I had the idea to support such a qualification in the countries of origin with modern IT technology. The more enthusiastic I was then to have met the innovative agency Start MediCare last year. In the home countries, this qualifies the nurses to the German language level B2, but the colleagues are trained on the German health care system. The common idea was born quickly, by the use of our nursing expert software to support this training on the one hand, but also to adapt the training very specifically to the respective health care facility in Germany, in which the applicant wants to start his new career future. Thus, a targeted, mutual expectation management can be supported with modern tools.

IMG_2402The University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf finds the concept very exciting. However, the director of patient and care management, Joachim Prölß, wanted to get an idea of the situation of the applicants in their home country.

And so we flew to the Philippines in the last week to visit the clinics, universities, mediation agency and language school, and not least to talk to the interested nurses.

About our impressions in another world, I will report in the second part …

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Heiko Mania

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