Eine Pflegekraft wäscht am 03.05.2018 während der Nachtschicht eine Patientin. Die öffentliche Diskussion über den Pflegenotstand kam in Deutschland ins Rollen, nachdem der Krankenpfleger Alexander Jorde Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel in einer Talkshow gefragt hat, wie es sein könne, dass "in einem Land wie Deutschland Menschen stundenlang in ihren Ausscheidungen liegen müssen." Viele Pflegekräfte geben an, aufgrund des Arbeitspensums den wachsenden Aufgaben und ihren eigenen Ansprüchen nicht gerecht werden zu können. A patient is being washed on nightshift on the intensive care station on May 3rd, 2018. To keep the hygiene of the patients on a dignified level should be granted, but many German nurses report that they don't have the time to look after their patients adequately. The public discussion about the health care crisis (dt "Pflegenotstand") started, when nurse Alexander Jorde asked Angela Merkel in a talk show how it could happen that "in a country like Germany people have to lay in their own excrements for hours". 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 on hospitals 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. Often times, nurses are called back to work when on holiday, or they have to work alternating shifts in a row. Going on strike as a unity is hard, as the first people who suffer are the patients. However, the public community doesn't value their work, personally or financially, as it touches on our weakness as people, which we don't want to be reminded of in everyday life. Especially young nurses don’t