+++ CORRECTION +++ Holetschek starts scholarship for nursing students – Bavaria’s Minister of Health: 600 euros per month for up to three years – Additional funding from the federal government is necessary

+++ CORRECTION: In the third paragraph, second sentence, the minimum duration of the activity was corrected. Graduates must work at least 3 years, not 5 years. +++

Bavaria’s Health and Care Minister Klaus Holetschek wants to attract more young people to study nursing and has launched a new scholarship. Holetschek said on Friday: “Nursing courses are an important component in countering the shortage of skilled workers in Bavaria. With our new nursing grant, we are making academic training at universities even more attractive. Right on time for the 2022/2023 winter semester, students in so-called primary qualifying nursing courses can apply for the program from the second semester onwards. The scholarship can be granted for up to three years. A monthly fixed amount of 600 euros is planned.

Holetschek criticized that the federal government had not yet fulfilled its obligation to make nursing studies more attractive. The minister emphasized: “We have repeatedly pointed out to the federal government the problem that nursing students are on their own financially, especially in the practical phases, but nothing happened. That’s why Bavaria is now paying in advance with this scholarship. However, this does not release the federal government from its responsibility to take action itself. Because the primary qualifying course of study in nursing must be attractive throughout Germany.”

The scholarship is open to anyone who has already taken up a primary qualifying full-time nursing course at a Bavarian college or university. The scholarship holders undertake to work for at least three years after their studies in an acute care facility, in outpatient or inpatient long-term care, in the psychiatric or pediatric care sector in Bavaria.

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Students can apply for the scholarship at the Bavarian State Office for Nursing (LfP). The relevant forms will be made available in good time on the LfP website (www.lfp.bayern.de).

The following universities and colleges in Bavaria offer primary qualifying nursing courses:

– Evangelical University of Nuremberg

– University of Kempten

– University of Munich

– Catholic University of Applied Sciences Munich

– East Bavarian Technical University of Regensburg

– Technical University of Deggendorf

The primary qualifying nursing degree is generalistically oriented. The aim of the course is to qualify students for the independent, comprehensive care of people of all ages in acute and long-term inpatient and outpatient care situations. The course conveys the necessary professional and personal skills as well as scientific fundamentals.

Holetschek added: “The nursing degree creates even more opportunities for nursing staff to develop professionally. This shows that the job offers good prospects for the future. The social partners at federal level are currently developing a job profile for academically trained nursing staff. This is important and urgent! For years, the Science Council has been calling for an academization rate of 10 to 20 percent in nursing. We must all do our part to achieve this. We are therefore happy to support the students, because we need even more highly qualified nursing staff in Bavaria.”

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