Düsseldorf - North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) Health and Care Minister Barbara Steffens (Greens) describes the so-called pay-as-you-go financing in geriatric care training as “huge success”. "We were able to increase the number of apprenticeships in geriatric care by over 80 percent," the minister explained today. The number rose from around 10,000 apprenticeship positions in 2012 to 18,266 in December 2016. "It is also gratifying to see how many young people choose responsible career in nursing," said the Minister.
In 2012, the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. The system is based on the fact that state fund reimburses the training companies for all costs they incur. The cost of financing the fund is shared equally among all nursing homes and outpatient services, regardless of whether they train or not. In this way, training companies no longer have cost or competitive disadvantage. Nursing training in NRW is free of charge for trainees.
Steffens emphasized that the NRW success model had to be discussed to take into account the new generalized nursing training at the federal level. "If it is argued again and again that one must create joint nursing training because the geriatric nursing training is no longer attractive, then our figures show: the opposite is the case," said the minister.
She is concerned that "That many of the young people who are now successfully completing the geriatric care training and on whom we are urgently dependent are getting lost in the generalized training planned by the federal government," said Steffens.