Boys’ day should bring young people into nursing professions

Boys' day should bring young people into nursing professions

"I'm looking forward to thursday", says jonas buhner, beaming. He has decided to take part in the nationwide "boys' day", the "young people's future day, reported. Together with others, he will spend a day getting a taste of the world of the nursing profession.

The "arbeitsgemeinschaft intensivpflege nordbayern e. V." Is organizing the day and has put together a program that is as varied as it is educational, which will take the boys to the bavaria clinic in bad kissingen and to the senior citizens' home on the banks of the saale in bad bocklet.

After a lecture on "the dream job of an old people's nurse" various workshops are on the agenda – and, as michael weh ner, chairman of the working group, reveals, some of them will be quite challenging.

Mother is a nurse
Jonas has heard about "boys' day from the newspaper. "Before that, it didn't really mean anything to me." Boys' day serves – analogous to "girls' day- to introduce young people to tasks and professions that are typically considered "women's professions" being seen. Nursing professions are part of it. According to the federal statistical office, in 2011 only 21 percent of those who started an apprenticeship in nursing were male.

What made jonas decide to participate in "boys' day"? To participate was what was under the motto "find your way in nursing" stands. "Since i take the social branch at school, i thought i would sign up." Completely "unencumbered is not the twelve-year-old: his mother is a nurse, his father a former nurse. Jonas has not yet thought about going into a nursing profession himself. But that's exactly what this day is supposed to encourage: the young people should be able to take a closer look at what's out there. And at least include nursing professions in career choices.

Wehner's colleague on the board of the working group, dieter weber, says: "there is a colorful bouquet of possibilities in nursing." They should get to know them. "And even if they don't decide on such a profession, they have at least seen once that nurses are competent, highly qualified professionals", supplemented michael wehner.

"We want to inspire young people in the long term, to make them aware that we caregivers are extremely important for society, because we are also lifesavers. We don't just wipe old people's bottoms and carry chamber pots around." Both agree that the nursing professions have too low a status in society. "The professionalism is not perceived."

Focus: reanimation
Boys' day-every year the program of the study group has a focus; this time it is "reanimation, and they will be treated in detail at their own workshop with a reanimation manikin, pulse measurement, mouth-to-mouth and nose ventilation. "That interested me", tells jonas, who is a science major.

And he is happy to get to know others there. This will be possible during the joint preparation of lunch with the residents of the senior citizens' home as well as during the workshop on "aids in nursing care, after the "serious" one is part of it, there will be, among other things, a wheelchair rally.

Schools hold back
"I've never been in a wheelchair before", says jonas, who is excited about what awaits him. He hopes to learn something from the "boys' day", but also to have fun. The day should bring both to the participants. "We always try to present the topics in an upbeat way", says michael wehner. But he also points out: "it's not a chill day, it's a very demanding day. It also lasts longer than a school day."

Employees take their time
Each of the five participating companies provides employees who take care of the youngsters. "There is a lot of commitment behind it, because we also show the young people how important they are to us."

At this point, the organizers of the day of action mix a little incomprehension with the anticipation. "The schools don't support us very well", says michael wehner, and dieter weber adds: "we would like to have better contact with schools – also to dispel possible concerns."

A glorious exception is the saaletal school, where twelve boys and one teacher took part in "boys' day" participate. In addition to them, four boys from other schools have registered. But who until now on "boys' day" has participated, the organizers know, has always been impressed so far. Three of the first year's students came back the following year – and brought four of their classmates with them.

Can jonas basically imagine going into a nursing profession?? "Not really", he says. "I'm in high school, and when I graduated from high school, maybe that's a little bit." But even here there are opportunities to move up, to qualify, to study. Who knows what the future will bring. And to have come into contact with the metier once can at least do no harm.

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