"Political signal" with refugees in nursing training becomes a 1.3 million euro debacle
Created: 01/27/2022, 12:21 p.m
By: Valentin Betz
The participants in nursing training at the Robert Bosch Hospital not only learned the theory and practice of the profession, but also intercultural skills.
Unfortunately, language skills were neglected in the model project (symbol image).
© Daniel Bockwoldt/dpa
The Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart offers special nursing training for refugees.
But the project flops: Almost everyone fails the final exam.
Stuttgart – There is a shortage of nursing staff in Germany – according to an analysis by the competence center for securing skilled workers, at least 35,000 positions are vacant.
Baden-Württemberg is not excluded from this nationwide problem.
The shortage was already known before the corona pandemic put undue strain on the health system.
Currently, the burden is driving those responsible to desperate measures.
Even retired professionals should be helping out in the Southwest's pandemic.
As early as 2017, the Robert Bosch Hospital had an idea to counter the nursing shortage.
The clinic in Stuttgart launched a model project: special training for nurses.
The class should consist of both Germans and refugees.
The final exams of the first year took place in summer 2021.
But as the
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ)
reports, only four out of a total of 19 women and men mastered them.
The reason seems banal, but reveals a grandiose misplanning, as reported by BW24.
Nursing training at the Robert Bosch Hospital: Expensive model project with great approaches fails
In principle, it can always happen that trainees do not pass a final examination.
However, a failure rate of almost 80 percent indicates a failure elsewhere.
writes, there were also participants who dropped out of the training before the final exam.
The framework for training as a nurse reads great: Among other things, refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan should get a professional future.
In addition to the practice and theory of nursing, the participants received training in intercultural competence.
This is also one of the reasons why the training lasted a year longer than usual and required more staff.
This was made possible by the Robert Bosch Foundation, which supports the hospital.
She contributed 1.3 million euros to the regular training costs, which are paid for by the hospitals with money from taxpayers and insured persons.
The failure of the model project in Stuttgart was not due to financial bottlenecks or a fundamentally bad concept.
Rather, a misjudgment of the required language skills caused the high failure rate in the final examination.
Language skills for nursing training: Robert Bosch Hospital misjudges the necessary level
Because refugees who were selected for training as nurses at the Robert Bosch Hospital only needed to pass the A2 language test.
The highest level of this classification is C2, there are six levels in total.
A2 only means basic knowledge of the German language.
The participants in the model project therefore started at a language level that was already rather inadequate without previous knowledge in the field of care.
The Robert Bosch Hospital was apparently not completely unconscious of this, because additional German courses were offered as part of the training in order to raise the language level to a higher level.
The problem: Participation was voluntary and the course did not provide for any mandatory intermediate examinations.
"Back then, after so many refugees had come to Germany, we wanted to send a political signal," said Professor Mark Dominik Alscher, Managing Director of the Robert Bosch Hospital, to the
"That was well intentioned, but it didn't work out well."
Nursing training at the Robert Bosch Hospital: The model project ends after the second year
In the meantime, the Robert Bosch Hospital has evaluated the course and came to the conclusion that the principle of personal responsibility was set too high.
With a cost of 1.3 million euros, this is a very expensive finding for the Robert Bosch Foundation.
It is the majority owner of the Bosch Group and finances itself through its dividends.
Because the automotive supplier was recently struggling with the transition to e-mobility, the foundation's funding volume also decreased.
Even for a well-funded foundation, 1.3 million euros is no small thing.
Nevertheless, with the second year of the model project, the Robert Bosch Hospital can prove that it has learned from its mistakes.
He should have his final exam in the summer of 2022.
In addition, trust in the project no longer seems to be all that great - although the number of new refugees in Baden-Württemberg has recently doubled.
There is no third year.
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