Nurses Desperately Wanted – Quality of Care in Intensive Care Units Is Threatened


There are too few nurses in an intensive care unit – so beds are locked and no more patients are admitted. Mareen Machner knows the scenario well: As a specialist nurse for anesthetics, intensive care and emergency care, she finally worked on an intensive care unit herself:

Until recently, in Rostock, I worked on an intensive care unit in Rostock, which was a permanent topic, because beds were closed and we could no longer care for our patients. “Especially in intensive care units, large intensive care units simply have storage rooms where they have the whole respiratory beds, because we have no more staff. “

Beds dust in storage rooms

Today, the graduate economics teacher at the Charité in Berlin manages the training and further education of nurses in the areas of anesthesia, intensive care and emergency care. And criticizes the staffing situation in intensive care units in Germany:

I was there as a caregiver and then came leasing staff that I did not even know and nursing assistants, whom I did not even know, who were brought in via temporary work agencies all different, I do not know the colleagues, I have no confidence in them, because I do not know how to raise the medication. “

However, in an intensive care unit that is about life and death, with more sophisticated technology and therapies, it is important that the team works well together and can rely on each other. If this is not the case, the patient's safety suffers, says Mareen Machner.

“If we do not have full airplanes, these machines will not start – but patients come to every emergency room and they're taken care of, and nobody asks for quality, they just get supplies.”

Many caregivers dissatisfied with working conditions

There is a lack of nurses in intensive care units, today – and everything indicates that this problem will be exacerbated in the coming years. On the one hand, because there is a shortage of young people: at present there are only a few young caregivers, at the same time about one third of the …

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