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RMCH says ‘willkommen’ to German nurses

Staff at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital have recently said willkommen to two student nurses from Germany. Corinna Bernhard and Jonas Germerdonk, who are in the second year of their studies, spent a month on general medical ward, Sillivan, and also attended the University of Salford one day a week. This is the second year that the Trust has welcomed German nursing students. Practice Educator Fiona Short said: “Last year, a student Laura Werner met one of our consultants at a conference in Germany. She then wrote to me and asked if she could come and do a placement here and she had a very successful time.” Jonas added: “We have the chance to spend an internship abroad, so we decided to come to the Royal Manchester Children Hospital. We talked to another student from our school, Laura, she was here one year ago, and told us it would be a great experience to come over.” The pair observed the differences between the German and English health system and nursing as English nurses have more responsibilities than the German nurses, for example administering intravenous antibiotics and blood transfusion. Corinna and Jonas also had the opportunity to talk specialist nurses such as Jo Clubb, Infection Control Nurse, and also met with Frances Binns, consultant play specialist at Booth Hall Hospital. The visit has also prompted the University of Salford to discuss a partnership with the University of Mainz, where the two study, to organise future educational exchange visits. Fiona said: “It really was a good team exercise and a testament to the staff of Sillavan, some of whom went above and beyond the call of duty, by picking them up from the airport and organising accommodation for them.” Jonas added: “We were afraid if our English was good enough to understand the important facts or talk to the children and staff nurses. “The first day at the ward was very unfamiliar for us and also it was a busy day. But during the next days we knew what to do and the daily routine. It’s a great team of staff nurses; they are all very lovely and helpful.”