Mrs Robermann and Mrs Tillmann will inform you about education, training and further education. They will take in your inquiries and application documents, check entry requirements, conduct interviews and information talks and advise on financing options.
Nursing or assistant nursing for the elderly - where is the difference?
The first difference between geriatric nurses and geriatric care assistants lies in the length of the training: geriatric nurses
get trained for three years, a nursing assistant training takes only one year.
In three years, the geriatric nursing trainees learn more than the assistants. Later, they work together as a team. The assistants help the geriatric nurses in their daily work and take various activities from them. The geriatric nurses execute tasks that point towards administration, care planning or towards the medical direction
Under certain conditions, assistant geriatric nurses can extend their training for two years and earn a degree as a geriatric nurse.
What requirements will be asked of me for the training?
The entry requirements for geriatric care education are set out in the law on careers in geriatric care (Altenpflegegesetz). For training as a geriatric nurse, you need at least a Hauptschulabschluss 10a, for the training for a geriatric nursing assistant at least a Hauptschulabschluss Class 9. You have to be 16 years of age or older. As it is humans
you care for in the geriatric care, it is necessary to prove your aptitude for practising this profession before the start of training. This applies to both, personal behaviour and health status. For this, we need a current health certificate and a
police certificate of proper behaviour on you.
Do I need an apprenticeship for practical training?
For the 3-year training as a geriatric nurse, you need an apprenticeship. You will conclude a training contract with a nursing home. If necessary, the Academy of Nursing and Health will provide you with addresses of suitable training companies to apply for and help you with your applications.
You do not need an apprenticeship for the one-year training as a geriatric care assistant. We arrange you for internships in suitable care facilities.
Where can I get my practical training?
The practical training takes place in inpatient facilities for the elderly and/or an outpatient nursing service. Depending on the type of training, sections of the practical training also take place in psychiatric clinics, general hospitals, and open geriatric care facilities.
How do I apply?
The application should contain the following documents:
- Cover letter with a short description of motivation
- Complete tabular curriculum vitae, including hobbies, leisure activities, social commitment, volunteering
- Professional application photo (no leisure or vacation picture)
- All diplomas, possibly the most recent school report
- for non-EU foreigners: residence permit and similar work permit
Do not send original documents!
In the cover letter, use a subject line that clearly indicates the training direction.
What do I need to know about the job interview?
After your application has successfully passed the preselection, you will receive a written invitation to a personal interview. If you are unable to attend the proposed date, please contact us – we can certainly suggest a replacement date.
With the written invitation documents may be requested. Please bring these and all submitted documents in original to the appointment.
Allow enough time for the day the interview takes place. A stress-free journey certainly improves your condition on that day.
In the personal job interview, we would like to learn something about your motivation to choose a career and your ideas about the profession. Furthermore, you will receive general information about the training, and you will be given a small task.
You also have enough time to ask your personal questions. Here it is helpful if you make a note of these beforehand.
What are the working hours in practice?
In education, lesson times alternate with periods of practical training.
The lessons are structured as full-time lessons and usually start at 8:30 h. The training periods in the practical training depend on the respective institution and are predominantly early and late duty. Early service starts, e.g. in the facilities of the geriatric care at 6:00 h, the late service at 14:00 h. Intermediate duties are also possible. Also, services are standard on weekends and holidays.
Do I have to pay for the training?
Participation in lessons is free for our trainees. The costs of the lessons in some cases will be paid for by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. For theoretical training, however, there may be learning material costs (for example for specialist literature) or costs for excursions.
In other cases, financial support from the Employment Agency or the job centre is possible if there are appropriate conditions through an education voucher.
The trainees for the geriatric nurse receive a training allowance.
The amount of the training allowance depends on the tariff classification of the respective institution. Beginning geriatric nurses and geriatric nursing assistants may, under certain conditions, make use of additional funding under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG); prospective geriatric nurses may, under certain conditions, be granted vocational training assistance (BAB). All those who do not have the prerequisites for funding via BAföG or BAB can apply for services according to SGB II at the local job centre if they have the necessary prerequisites.
What can I do after the training?
After the training, you have the opportunity to work in various institutions. Due to the numerous part-time offers, geriatric care offers good opportunities to reconcile family and work. Possible places of work are
- Nursing homes
- Senior centres
- Outpatient care services
- Geriatric departments in hospitals, geriatric clinics
- Gerontopsychiatric departments in hospitals, gerontopsychiatric clinics rehabilitation, and health clinics
- Meeting places, advice centres
Under certain conditions, geriatric nursing assistants can extend their training for two years and earn a degree as a geriatric nurse.
For geriatric nurses, there are many career opportunities. These include, for example
- Management of nursing and residential groups
- Nursing management in geriatric care facilities
- Overall management of care facilities
- Care trainer
- Study of Nursing Management, Nursing Science, Nursing Education