Nicht müde werden - Nurses in German hospitals

Since 1991, the situation for nurses in German hospitals has continually grown worse due to political and economic reasons. Privatization of hospitals is ongoing and because of a change in the accounting settlement system the financial pressure is high.

As a consequence, shifts are understaffed and the pressure on the remaining nurses is enormous. As good nursing takes time and expertise, many nurses feel they cannot meet their standards when looking after their patients, leading to physical and mental exhaustion. Especially young nurses don’t remain in their profession, making it even harder to solve the problem for the future generation.