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“What’s Next for Nursing Care in Germany?”

The Colloquium on Health Policy, which is aimed at the broader public, begins in the Haus der Wissenschaft (house of research). This time, the series of lectures initiated by the SOCIUM – Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy of the University of Bremen focuses on nursing professions.

“We want to make nursing care in Germany noticeably better. To this end, we are working step by step on concrete improvements for those in need of care, caring relatives, and nursing staff,” said Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn. What concrete measures have been taken so far? What consequences do they have for the nursing industry? These questions are the focus of discussion with players from the worlds of politics, academics, and practice.

The opening lecture will be given by Professor Heinz Rothgang from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, on the subject of how (un)attractive the nursing profession is. Sven Beyer – chairman of the Bremen state group of the Bundesverband privater Anbieter für soziale Dienste (bpa) and director of DKV-Residenz in der Contrescarpe in Bremen – will be the guest at the same time of day in the same location on October 24, 2018. Ilona Osterkamp-Weber – chairwoman of the Bremer Pflegerat nursing council and facility manager of the retirement and nursing home of the Bremische Schwesternschaft vom Roten Kreuz e.V. – will be his discussion partner. On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the subject will be the German nursing staff reinforcement act (Pflegepersonalverstärkungsgesetz) and the concerted campaign for nursing care and staff assessment. Professor Stefan Greß, professor of health services research and health economics at Fulda University of Applied Sciences, will then speak on the question of whether long-term care is currently sufficient. The last event in this series will take place on January 30, 2019. Professor Jonas Schreyögg will talk about nursing staff in hospitals – pitfalls and options in implementing the German coalition agreement. Professor Schreyögg is the Chair of Health Care Management at the Hamburg Center for Health Economics of the Universität Hamburg.

All lectures will be moderated by Professor Heinz Rothgang and will take place on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. The events will be held in the Haus der Wissenschaft, Sandstrasse 4/5. Admission is free.

Additional Information:


Dr. Maike Schulz
SOCIUM – Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy
Department of Health, Long-Term Care, and Pensions
University of Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 218-58545


a nurse with a patient, holding his hand
The opening lecture of the series will address the topic of how (un)attractive the nursing profession is.