The Diakonisches Werk Hamburg presented Cornelia Prüfer-Stocks, Senator for Health, with 87 membership declarations Tuesday (August 27, 2019) of the “Alliance for Care” launched by the German Health and Consumer Protection Authority (BGV) in spring. The new members include hospitals, nursing homes, nursing services and hospices.
Securing skilled workers in the long-term
“Good working and general conditions are crucial to attracting young people to the nursing profession and to retaining good skilled workers in the long term and to point out career prospects,” said Prüfer-Storcks. Management of hospitals and nursing facilities wield the most influence on securing personnel. “Hamburg’s Diakonie, in particular, realized this early on and took action,” Prüfer-Storcks added. The non-profit care provider’s membership bodes well for healthcare in Hamburg.
Joint standards and campaign
Around 38 diaconal employers and sponsors are now represented in the alliance, including the Agentur für Arbeit, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and the Katholische Marienkrankenhaus. Their joint goals and standards for the nursing profession include, for instance, payment according to collective agreements (or similar) as well as a predictable and reliable working schedules. The alliance is also drafting a campaign to highlight the importance of nursing care in an ageing society and to enhance its reputation.