This month, in England, we taught 30 Overseas Nurses from Spain and Portugal. The feedback from these workshops was so positive that the director of nursing has decided to acquire our services for the next 2-3 years. This means that we are now an important part of their 'Adaptation Program for Overseas Nurses for the UK'. We are proud to still have the courage and determination to try and further our contact with NHS hospitals that recruit internationally.
We have accepted the first bookings for 2015! A hospital in Zurich would like to work with us. This is fabulous news!
The DRK-Sisterhood of Westfalen e.V have booked us for the autumn of this year. This will be the sixth sisterhood in Germany that to work with us.
The Congress in Berlin took place where we presented to about 700 nurses – which was, of course, exciting as well as a little daunting. For 35 minutes we talked about the British Chamber of Care, union work & the NHS and, of course, about our work within the English for Nurses network. The presentation was concluded with a lively discussion about ongoing issues within nursing in Germany. The President of the German Care Council, Andreas Westerfellhaus congratulated us for an excellent presentation and thanked us for our active support for the self-management of care.
After Berlin we traveled on to Holland where English for Care Assistants and English for Nurses were taught. Further projects for 2014/2015 will be discussed. A student exchange program with the College of Groningen is also a strong possibility. All the courses that we have written so far are to be implemented in a course at the 'Language Centre for Professionals' in Zwolle in 2015. The Centre will enter into further partnerships with regional clinics that will be able to book us as guest lecturers. This kind of arrangement is very new territory for us and our motto is “Why not!” ☺ We are very excited about this new project and are looking forward to the adventure.
At the end of the month we were invited to a staff meeting at the Bundeswehr (Army) hospital in Westerstede. The local chairman and the Director of Nursing gave us a great opportunity to present our work on duty of care, medical services and medicine. In October, we will teach 17 soldiers our new course English for International Conflict Nursing with specific reference to the international deployment duties of the Bundeswehr.
The Albertinen Academy of Hamburg have requested a course entitled Learning and Research in Nursing – and Introduction in English’. The course will be taught alongside our practical courses in the 2015 training program.