Strong care at Stuttgart's Marienhospital
How does a nurse learn to draw blood, treat a wound or even resuscitate a person? With a lot of practice, of course – but preferably not on real patients at first. In the Sim Lab of the Marienhospital you can try out all this and much more on simulator dolls or simulated patients. State-of-the-art simulation rooms offer a realistic environment. The professional training courses are carried out on the basis of pedagogical and didactic concepts. Each training session is followed by a detailed analysis and reflection, because dealing with emotions professionally must also be learned. "Here it is expressly permitted to make mistakes and learn from them," explains Markus Mord, Managing Director of the Marienhospital. “Only frequent practice makes you safe in difficult situations and improves patient care. That is why we are grateful to the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation for the funding with which we were able to create these excellent learning conditions in our house.”
Michael von Winning, member of the board of the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation, was shown the new premises and was impressed: “The concept of this simulation laboratory convinces me. Innovative training and further education opportunities for caregivers are important in order to tackle the nursing shortage in Germany. Building on this very interesting approach of the Marienhospital, the foundation has identified the topic of care as a central concern of our activities in the field of medicine for the year 2022.”
Mord and von Winning presented two new care projects funded by the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation. A new system for recording vital data is intended to relieve the nursing staff and reduce possible sources of error. Because several times a day, nursing staff measure, for example, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respiratory rate or oxygen saturation. All of this data is written down by hand and then transferred to the digital patient file. This takes time and leaves room for error. Modern devices can automatically record the vital data quickly and without errors and transfer them directly to the file. Other data, such as information on pain, can also be entered into the device. The system thus makes a noticeable contribution to relieving the nursing staff, leaving more time for the patients.
The Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation also supports the further qualification of nursing staff at the Marienhospital. Because every team is only as good as its leadership. In nursing, managers are central contacts who serve numerous interfaces and have to organize and communicate both internally and externally. You need a high level of knowledge for agile leadership, embedded in guidelines for the cooperative management style of the company. A newly launched management program is intended to provide the tools for topics such as work-life balance, career and family or life phase models on the one hand, and to address the challenges of digitization, robotics, a shortage of skilled workers or social and entrepreneurial developments on the other. The management program is supplemented by coaching to deepen the knowledge and personal development of the participants.