The quality of paediatric nurse training
'Harmonisation yes. Quality compromises no'
"Children are no small adults. That remains true no matter how often it is repeated. And it is particularly true in paediatric nursing," says Andreas Wachtel, vice chairman of the GkinD (Germany's association of children's hospitals and paediatric departments, and Elfriede Zoller, chairwoman of the BeKD (the country's professional association of paediatric nurses).
[Bild-1‘What we currently see is a slow undermining of functioning structures that, so far, have ensured good quality paediatric nurses training – structures that are being abandoned for purely economic reasons rather than modernising them, as intended by the Krankenpflegegesetz (nursing act) of 2003, which we supported.’
They are particularly irked by the fact that, in Germany, the two professions – nursing and paediatric nursing – are not treated equally.
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