Are sororities too superficial

Reactions to the web series "Ehrenpflegas"

In order to counteract the shortage of skilled workers in the care sector, the Federal Family Ministry for families, senior citizens, women and youth launched the “Care Training Offensive” a good year ago. Under the slogan “Make a career as a person”, “young people should be enthusiastic about the future care of care”. As the latest component of this campaign, the miniseries “Ehrenpflegas” was published on YouTube in October (watch here).

Open letter to Federal Minister Dr. Franziska Giffey

The series received a lot of - sometimes very harsh - criticism both on social media and in the official bodies. We as the Association of Sisterhoods (VdS) also wrote an open letter to Federal Minister Dr. Franziska Giffey positioned.

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As a nursing association, we have the mandate to also represent our trainees on a political level. Therefore we approached schools in which sororities are responsible for the training - with the request for feedback from the trainees on "honorary care".

We are very impressed by the committed and very differentiated letters that have reached us. Many trainees basically express their thanks to the minister for the campaign and also see the format of a YouTube series as positive. In addition, the prospective nurses also express a lot of criticism and disappointment with the presentation of their training and the profession as a whole.

We have some statements in the open letter to Federal Minister Dr. Giffey added.

You can read all the reactions from our trainees here.

• What do you want to express with it? Any stupid can care? Generalist training - now I'm the general!

• It's too exaggerated.

• It is ridiculed.

• Sorry, either I'm too old for such a shit or a philistine.

• Find it pretty exaggerated. But maybe it will bring something.

• I don't find the series appealing at all. In my opinion, trainees are misrepresented there. The show wouldn't recruit me.

• Watched the first episode and found it terrible. I don't understand how they want to make the job more attractive.

Apprentices in the 1st to 3rd year of training

Although at 19 I probably belong to the generation that the 5 episodes are intended to address, this is not the case. Clichés run through all 5 episodes, which are also applicable at one point or another, but mainly break down this diverse generalist training to individual traditional ideas. Instead of taking up familiar, outdated clichés or prejudices, it is better to present new aspects of the training that may not be known to everyone. In some cases this also happened, for example when the salary was an issue and the various options for training, care for the elderly, child care and nursing, were taken up.

The smartphone has always been a big topic in the videos, even though it's not even close to that big a topic in reality. Sure, everyone knows that the media is relevant nowadays, but instead of taking up work with tablets or laptops in nursing schools, for example, which could really appeal to our generation, prejudices about smartphone use are presented. In some cases this may also be useful, but not to the extent and above all not if one could rather advertise the training in an appealing way in the minutes in which these prejudices were taken up.

The benefits of "celebrities" or social media acquaintances can often be seen these days, but it would be much more interesting if you could show completely "normal" people. As "normal" as me and everyone who watches the videos. Everyone is special in their own way and in order to start training as a nurse you don't have to show any celebrities, but rather an interest.

It would also make sense to display different age groups and adapt the information series to different age groups. Because not only around 16 to 22-year-olds should be addressed, but also all age groups above, since lateral entrants etc. are often to be seen today, especially when it is a future-proof job like ours - a Point that could have been emphasized more.

In summary, one can say that some points in the information series are true and could also be useful, but this is not the case for most of them. Unfortunately, the information series is not appealing to me and, above all, it does not make sense to draw new people's attention to the training.

L. S., 19 years, PFF 2020

Dear Sirs and Madames,

I am very happy that I have the opportunity to express my opinion on the “Ehrenpflegas” campaign. However, I find it difficult to organize this on a factual level, as the entire topic is predominantly emotionally charged. Because the campaign stunned me - and that directly on multiple levels.

I graduated from high school in 2018 and then decided to train as a nurse. The way in which the level of education is portrayed in the miniseries does not come close to what I experience every day at work or at school. Especially under the aspect that the self-imposed goal of the campaign should apparently be an informative and entertaining character, I do not understand the connection between the presented content and reality. On the official website of the federal government it is described that the distortion of reality is part of the humorous concept of the series. Humor is a subjective business.

The target group of the campaign, which should be young people as well as adults with the desire for professional reorientation, is also named on the named website. I mention rhetorically the question of whether the miniseries is addressing the second target group in any way. The young generation is represented in the mini-series by permanent mobile phone fixation and clichéd characters. “Boris” seems to be the classically disoriented young person who is also portrayed as stupid in the series and who seems to have a migration background. It should be mentioned that this is unfortunately a common picture in secondary schools and former secondary schools. According to the clichés, "Harry Potter" takes on the role of the "nerdy", who actually addresses currently relevant topics, such as climate change, etc. in the series. However, by inter alia “Boris” this is negatively affected and devalued. It is precisely this “black and white thinking” that is omnipresent in all kinds of schools and is not infrequently the subject of bullying. Even if the idea behind it could be to address all social classes or groups in order to mobilize those named for training, the reference to reality should not be suppressed here either and, above all, the downsides of these cliché groups should be considered.

Such a campaign costs money. Money, which in this case was subsidized, among other things. Numbers around 700,000 euros are circulating on the Internet. Especially in the context of the premiums for nurses announced several times by Health Minister Spahn, which by the way is still part of a wishful thinking for the majority of all colleagues, this is a bitter aftertaste.

My personal opinion:

I don't want to have to work with trainees or colleagues whose character traits are only roughly the same as the portrayals in the miniseries. My job is a demanding job. Demanding when it comes to social skills, but above all also professionally. In the somatic area in particular, I often experience that the “little things” can have a very big effect. Whether negative or positive is to be considered individually. From my perspective, the entire concept of the campaign fails in every aspect: In my entire environment, not a single person finds the miniseries entertaining, the factual content, which is mentioned seemingly randomly and almost incoherently, has no great - or no - informative truth value or reality content . The miniseries is also impressively disrespectful, degrading and deprofessionalizing. Especially a professional group that has already started the year 2020 burdened by lack of care, unattractive working hours and pay not adapted to everyday working life and then additionally strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, can NOT use something like the campaign.

With best regards,

Bjarne Lohgard, Trainee in health and nursing

So personally, I don't feel like I belong to the target group. I can understand the Federal Ministry's approach, however, as the series seems to target a different age group. I estimate the target group to be around 16 to 20, as the series works a lot with youthful words, slang - the style of language used does not occur in my generation - and public figures - Youtubers - who celebrate their success in this age group .

The campaign itself could help young people interested in the nursing profession to gain an insight into generalist training. However, it has to be said that a YouTube channel with less than 6000 subscribers has a low reach.

D. M., 26 years, PFM 2020

So I don't feel addressed at all and think that this way of making the apprenticeship more attractive could possibly appeal to a “wrong” target group.

Personally, I think that this training is awarded, for example, by not using articles, less professionalism and less level. In addition, it comes across as if you should or should just start the training - without worrying about the job beforehand.

S. C., 27 years old, PFF 2020

Even if the videos partly correspond to reality, for example at the beginning of the second video, I think the format supports clichés too much: the unpopular nerd, the it girl and the "quota foreigner" - sounds harsh, but broken down it corresponds to that Truth. Even if I probably belong to the generation that should be addressed, I don't find that really expedient. Our generation is already much too relaxed in dealing with language and very reckless. Nursing is not a schoolyard, I always thought of decency and dignity, entering adulthood and finding a job, which is not shown in the videos - more like a second high school. I understand the approach, but don't like the implementation ...

The motives are always the same: helping people, caring for the sick ... I think it's time for new motives than those that have been heard a thousand times.

N. K., 19 years, PFM 2020

"Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We, the middle course 19/22 of the nursing school Saarlouis, would like to address you in this letter regarding the video series #Ehrenpflegas. We have dealt with the web series as a course and would like to explain to you below why it puts our profession and our standards in a bad light. Despite the professional production and acting performance, the mini-series falls far short of the claim to cast a realistic representation of the education and the profession.

Starting with the protagonist Boris, who sees his training priorities in money, free time and time on the cell phone. The attempt to depict a change of heart in character has failed. It appears to the viewer as if the generalized training is easy money and does not involve work. Both the presentation of the theoretical lessons and the work on the patient lack any reference to reality. Even the teaching staff is ridiculed by a lack of specialist knowledge, disinterest and lack of social skills. Even the “patients” and “residents” do not seem like such and are also mocked by the trainees. False promises are made because the apprenticeship allowance can afford expensive cell phones, cars and apartments. It also shows how much free time they have by often going out to party. Boris's friends seem as if they do not value his job and just make fun of his training and convey to Boris that this choice of career does not give him any future prospects.

In summary, we come to the conclusion that a completely wrong target group was addressed, which would not be suitable for the profession.

Middle course of the nursing school at the Saarlouis Clinic from the DRK - cooperation partner of the DRK Sisterhood Rheinpfalz-Saar e.V.

Dear Sir or Madam, dear Dr. Giffey,

As part of our training to become a nurse, we dealt with your miniseries “Ehrenpflegas” in class and now feel the need to share our opinion on this with you.

In principle, we think the approach of making young people in our society aware of generalist nursing training via social media is good. However, the execution raises some questions for us and leads to a general lack of understanding.

In the following we want to address some aspects that are particularly important to us:


The multicultural selection of actors struck us particularly positively, we can only confirm this from our training. We can understand the humorous portrayal of the characters as a concept for advertising the profession, but we find the implementation of having fun based on the intelligence of the trainees in the series disadvantageous.
We find statements like: "I chill there with the elderly and the sick ..." absolutely inappropriate and distance ourselves from such formulations in every respect. For us, our professional ethics are essentially characterized by the professional support and treatment of clients in difficult life situations.


In the film series there are always discrepancies in the balance between closeness and distance between the patients and the trainees. We think it is important to present the human aspect, but it is personally unprofessional for us to use social networks to exchange ideas with our clients in our free time and to bring the stigmatizing youthful language to them. Expressions such as “age and brother” can lead to confusion when in contact with cognitively impaired people.
We also consider it useful to include social opinions on our profession. Words such as "rotten meat" really have no place in a promotional video for our profession.

Downplaying crime

“Because sometimes it works wonders when someone who has done a lot of shit in his life meets someone who needs his help. An old person, for example. ”Based on Boris‘ behavior - bodily harm - this statement suggests that violent criminals are welcome in the care and everyone gets a second chance. For admission to the state-recognized examination, at the end of the training, a certificate of good conduct is required in which criminal offenses such as the above-mentioned bodily harm are listed. Such an entry can lead to the rejection of the examination examinations. For society, which is not necessarily familiar with the requirements for taking the nursing examination, this could give the impression that previously convicted persons can work in such a highly sensitive profession and that there are no consequences from their crimes.


We see it as positive that the remuneration with the generalist training is now uniform for all - previously subdivided - professional groups. We also find the remuneration for nursing trainees generally appropriate.

After the exam, however, the salary bears no relation to the responsibility to be borne for the quality of human life and the stress caused by shift work. This is clearly overplayed in the miniseries.

With this letter we would like to express that we as trainees for health and nurses are emphatically moving away from the portrayal of our profession in the miniseries “Ehrenpflegas”.

A realistic advertising campaign in which associations representing nursing, nursing staff, but also the trainees themselves are included, would be desirable.

Paula Hermann, Abdelsslam Hussein, Carlos Muno, Lya Jolie Röder, 3rd year of training, school for nursing professions of the Städt. Klinikum Lüneburg - Cooperation partner of the DRK Sisterhood Lüneburg e.V.

Dear Sirs and Madames,

The last week the miniseries “Ehrenpflegas” appeared, which is supposed to give an insight into the training of the care professions.

Since we are currently being trained in the field of nursing ourselves, we would like to comment on the "advertising".

Already in the first few minutes, the pupil's expression "Boris" is noticeable. It doesn't get any better throughout the film and other characters often express themselves vulgarly. Using expressions such as "age, brother" etc. in old people's homes and generally using exclamations such as "fuck, shit, pimp" etc. are, in our opinion, not suitable for a commercial. And especially not when portraying a social profession like caring. The protagonist's poor language skills directly create the impression that he is incompetent, but that it would be sufficient for the care provider to articulate himself in this way. The understanding of the profession is limited to making money, which, as we all know, is nevertheless incredibly small, and the daily chores of care are reduced to “serving food”, “wiping bums” and morning personal hygiene.

Essential components such as wound care, assisting work in medical activities and procedures, advice and guidance and the support of the trainees by practical instructors are not shown in the miniseries. In addition, reference is made exclusively to care for the elderly, but hardly to health care or child care.

The bad image of the profession in society is once again clearly emphasized. Prejudices such as changing diapers are shamelessly used as an insult. This makes it seem like it's embarrassing to do this job. We find this a shame, because precisely these prejudices, which are still anchored in society, should not exist, nor are they funny or appropriate. This gives the series the impression that one should be ashamed of exercising the nursing profession.

Nevertheless, the show has an amusing factor and is partially informative. This makes it clear that community, solidarity and teamwork are essential components of the profession. Small impressions of everyday working life are also given and activities such as communication are highlighted, but unfortunately only in care for the elderly and not enough. The future perspective and the course are also addressed, but not further elaborated. Political issues such as overtime or climate change were also mentioned. Unfortunately, attention was directly diverted from what gives the impression that the issues are being played down. The content that the job can positively change a person and thereby gain independence is clarified again at the end.

All in all, the program is not very amusing and misrepresents the care professional group, plays down many problems, has a pejorative effect and frowns on the profession. In view of the lack of care, positive advertising is necessary in order to change society's image of the profession.

"Have a career as a person ...", but just being nice and not having to do anything else, not being motivated or not having the appropriate intelligence is not the type of person who should pursue such a career.

We therefore ask you to emphasize the core of this series more clearly, to refute prejudices and not to use it as a tool for humor. We feel very misunderstood when we have knowledge of physiology, anatomy, biology and sociology, which the “average citizen” does not have, but is apparently portrayed by our own government as stupid and fixed on mobile phones. As a result, competent workers are not addressed, but those who ultimately have no suitability for such an important and responsible, sometimes very stressful job.

“Make a career as a person ...”, yes, but just being a person does not distinguish a caregiver.

With best regards

Luisa Bitti, Marie-Charlotte Kahnau, Lisann Retzlaff, Isabel Scharzkopf, 3rd year of training, school for nursing professions of the Städt. Klinikum Lüneburg - Cooperation partner of the DRK Sisterhood Lüneburg e.V.

Dear Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Dr. Franziska Giffey,

We hereby inform you, trainees to health and nurses, our distancing with regard to the miniseries "Ehrenpflegas".

In order to counteract the shortage of qualified nursing staff and thus create a balance between the need for care for people in need of care and the provision of nursing services, the concept of a mini-series offers young age groups an incentive for nursing training.

The miniseries of the campaign “Make a career as a person” of the BMFJFS does not contain any theoretical content or guidelines, nor a technically correct insight into the practice of generalist nursing training. Generalistics includes themed courses and practical assignments in the three professions of health and nursing, health and children's nursing and care for the elderly. The miniseries "Ehrenpflegas" is essentially about an assignment in a nursing home in relation to the practical assignments, in which the patient is spoken to in a disrespectful manner of expression. In our opinion, this way of speaking is not based on a modern style of speech of today's youth, but simply disrespectful.

The area of ​​activity shown in addition to the disrespectful expression does not correspond to that of a nurse. Nursing is not only about social care, but also about activities such as support with personal hygiene, patient observation and the creation of care plans, vital sign monitoring and much more.

Furthermore, it is not shown which possibilities exist after successful completion of the training.
We ask that realistic insights are guaranteed in order to arouse interest in nursing training.

With best regards

Svenja Brüdgam, Kim-Lea Jahnke, Lea-Sophie Schnepel, 3rd year of training, school for nursing professions of the Städt. Klinikum Lüneburg - Cooperation partner of the DRK Sisterhood Lüneburg e.V.

Dear Dr. Giffey,

the mini-film series “Ehrenpflegas” you commissioned has brought real young people in care into controversial emotional states. On the one hand, we noticed the use among well-known young actors as well as the friendly relationship that develops between the protagonists. On the other hand, we have also put together a long list of negative aspects.

It is disappointing that the characteristics of generalist training and the field of activity of nursing have not become the main focus of their presentation. In our opinion, care is presented in the wrong light. Care as a profession is not taken seriously, but presented as a fun sideline that can be learned on the side. The use of language is distorted from reality and implies an unprofessional approach, which can quickly be misinterpreted as disrespect. The nursing training is based on respect, empathy, trust and the motivation for further training, which we believe was not adequately represented in the series. The focus is on the above-average salary and the probationary period, based on the motto “They'll take everyone anyway”. This represents a breach of trust in people who provide professional care and want to receive it.

Nursing is a sensitive topic that is currently being discussed a lot. Are we worth our money? Does what we do matter? The care industry has been struggling for recognition for decades, but nothing about it emerges from the way it is presented. Instead, it's about love stories, smartphone use and getting through training with the simplest possible means. No trace of professionalism. There does not seem to be a need for higher education.

On behalf of the people who see this training not only as an opportunity to earn quick money, but also as a calling, we would like to appeal to you to put the perspective of nursing back into perspective.

Trainees in their 3rd year of training, School for Nursing Professions of the Städt. Klinikum Lüneburg - Cooperation partner of the DRK Sisterhood Lüneburg e.V.

Dear Sirs and Madames,

with regard to the short series "Ehrenpflegas" we would like to make a statement!

In our opinion, the profession was not portrayed realistically.

For us it came across that you don't have to meet any special requirements, which is not true, because our job is associated with a lot of responsibility and knowledge.

In the series it was shown that the nurses disregard the privacy of the resident / patient without involving the resident.

The focus of the series is only on the interaction of the protagonist and not on the everyday life of a trainee.

We would have liked that ...

• the activities of a nurse are shown.

• Training requirements, learning content, etc. are explained.

• Reference is made to responsible work.

• Reference is made to teamwork, which is a big and important part of the job.

With best regards

Trainees in their 3rd year of training, School for Nursing Professions of the Städt. Klinikum Lüneburg - Cooperation partner of the DRK Sisterhood Lüneburg e.V.

Dear Sirs and Madames,

We trainees in health and nursing in the 3rd year of training from the nursing school in Lüneburg would like to make a statement on the miniseries "Ehrenpflegas": We would like to inform you that we have found the intention behind the miniseries to be positive to draw attention to the nursing profession . Furthermore, we noticed the addressee-friendly design in some cases positively, but the vulgar language - especially towards the patients - bothered us very much, as it does not reflect reality in any way.

We would have liked the series to focus more on everyday inpatient and nursing routine, as well as the individual areas of responsibility, which are associated with relevance and a lot of responsibility. We also think it's a shame that our job description has been deprecated and downplayed at the same time. The actual goal of providing information about the job and making it attractive has been massively missed in our excerpts.

With best regards

Trainees in their 3rd year of training, School for Nursing Professions of the Städt. Klinikum Lüneburg - Cooperation partner of the DRK Sisterhood Lüneburg e.V.

We, as the lower level course of the KPS at the Saarlouis Hospital of the DRK, hereby want to express our opinion on the mini-series "Ehrenpflegas" published by the Federal Ministry.

We perceived positively the human diversity of the class community and the beautiful character development of Boris. You could see how the job, despite initial disinterest, turned into a calling. We also liked the sense of community and the solidarity that went on later on. Information on the generalization of the nursing profession as well as earning and career opportunities was provided and an insight into everyday working life was given.

Unfortunately, however, this insight was far too superficial and completely distorted by an inappropriately humorous approach. We understand that the use of “youth language” is due to the corresponding target group, unfortunately the producers have overshot the target completely. The way we deal with the language is sometimes completely inadequate and meets with little understanding from us. Disrespect for older people and classmates is sold as "normal". It would never occur to a competent nurse to address a patient with “old age”. The downplaying of bullying also appalled us.

Furthermore, one gets the impression that the nursing profession does not require any skills, but can be exercised by anyone with a good heart. Of course, empathy is one of the basic requirements, but the demands on the trainees go far beyond that. It is by no means the case that everyone who nothing else can find a place in care, as is portrayed in the series.

We fear that “honorary care” will arouse an interest in the care profession in the wrong people and that more suitable young people will be deterred. Nursing is a demanding and varied professional field that requires extensive specialist knowledge, social skills and a high level of psychological and physical resilience. The general prejudice that this is precisely what nursing care is not is further fueled by the short series. We cannot approve of that. It reduces patient confidence in the nursing staff.

Is that the image that the government has of our profession and that it wants to convey to the population? In times of the Corona crisis, the nurses were promised more recognition for their self-sacrificing efforts, instead they are now being scorned and ridiculed.

Trainees of the nursing school at the Saarlouis Clinic from the DRK - cooperation partner of the DRK Sisterhood Rheinpfalz-Saar e.V.

Dear Federal Ministry for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth,

we as trainees find this series very discriminatory and portrayed as completely disrespectful. With such a "contribution" you devalue the nursing profession and drag it through the mud. Our day-to-day work does not correspond in any way to what you filmed in this miniseries. In our opinion, you should get to know the field of care personally over a longer period of time so that you get a real picture!

With best regards

M. M. and A. Y., 04/19, Munich

Quite apart from the fact that this series makes use of all the clichés that humans only know and that it is hardly about care, I also find it impossible to see how stigmatized the students are portrayed. We have the stupid geriatric nurse, the super smart pediatric nurse, and the sexy nurse.

I think that's totally sad because I don't have the impression that anyone in our class corresponds to these characters.
In addition, the picture conveyed by teachers is absolutely unrealistic.

We all, teachers as well as trainees, work hard every day and I find it offensive that it is portrayed as not being so.

Nursing is not a walk in the park and there is also no training that you do on the side. We are all challenged every minute that we spend in school or in practice, and sometimes you reach your limits.
I would particularly like to speak out against the way in which the series treats the care recipients. The behavior that trainee Boris shows is an absolute catastrophe and will not happen in reality, because we as trainees are taught from the beginning how to communicate professionally with care recipients.
The only thing this series accomplishes is to ridicule the nursing profession and discourage those who consider nursing education.

I am actually very proud of doing this training and I find it shameful that we are portrayed in this way.

With best regards

L. H., Munich

I don't see myself as a trainee correctly portrayed, because the figure Boris conveys the image that we as trainees are simply familiar and take up this profession out of boredom, because we don't know what else to do after school. In addition, the protagonist obviously has no desire for his job. So the series does not correctly reflect my values ​​and attitudes, which for me have made a decisive contribution to taking up the profession. Everyday work is presented in a relaxed manner. Situations that are stressful for the nursing staff, such as the death of a patient, are ridiculed by a joke - with the remark that it is like in "Game of Thrones". My everyday work is also presented differently in the series. The protagonist disregards confidentiality when he speaks about a patient by name in a presentation, and everyday work is portrayed as simple and relaxed.

As a trainee, I see myself as motivated to learn new things, gain knowledge and be there for our patients. I enjoy my job and I made a conscious and passionate decision to start this apprenticeship, although everyday hospital life is a great challenge and is certainly not easy to cope with.

It is very disappointing when the people for whom such a PR campaign is launched feel misunderstood and misrepresented.In order to make the nursing profession more attractive, you don't have to shoot a miniseries in which young protagonists make fun of you in the style of “Fuck Ju Göthe” and thereby ridicule the profession, but you have to change something about the working conditions - better pay, more Personnel - then more young people would also choose this path.

Apprentices from Munich

It is good that the Family Ministry has started this campaign and that they are trying to get young people interested in this profession.

It's good to have made a decision to address the lack of care.

One problem is that the general public does not have a clear idea of ​​the tasks and requirements of day-to-day care.
But that is exactly the problem with this series. It is far from any reality. The portrayal of the protagonists - in particular the character "Boris" - is shameful and insulting for everyone who has chosen this training and this profession. Why wasn't it important during the production of the series to get in touch with professional caregivers and to incorporate their experiences?

Presumably, "the big reality check" is supposed to compensate for this. The result, however, was soft self-criticism instead of depicting the reality of trainees and nurses or their motivation to pursue this profession.

I would have liked to have shed more light on the work in the clinic, since that is where the real focus of our work lies.
A collage of reports from different work and training areas, the experiences of nurses, for example.
I wanted to do this training to get a better insight into working in the medical field. I especially enjoy guiding and explaining issues. You need extensive technical knowledge, empathy and you have to be able to respond to everyone.

Unfortunately, time is often short. Many apprentices do not stay in this profession.

Change something in the working conditions so that one can again imagine a long-term perspective in the care sector. The partial academization is certainly a good way, but the framework operations must also be right. Reduction of the cost pressure of the clinics, a changed financing of the health system based on the Scandinavian model, higher remuneration and more skills for nurses.

I am aware that none of the points mentioned fall within the remit of the BMFSFJ, but rather that of the Federal Ministry of Health. A comprehensive reform - well beyond the nursing strengthening laws - could help.

In this respect, I rate the miniseries as a nice attempt that failed due to the absurd representation.

“Ehrenpflegas” only seems repulsive to me. Should someone actually find himself / herself who feels motivated to start a nursing training through "honorary care", he will be bitterly disappointed with everyday life.

A realistic representation of our profession in the media certainly has a positive effect on the social perception of carers. Maybe someone feels encouraged to undertake such a project.

former student from Munich

“Ehrenpflegas” is a fictional mini-series that was published in autumn 2020 on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth.

According to the website of the Federal Government's Press and Information Office, the aim of this project is to convey information on the new nursing training in a “humorous and sometimes exaggerated way” and thus “to inspire young people for training in nursing”.
Franziska Giffey, the current Minister for Family Affairs, describes herself that, through the nature of the format, she wants to inspire young people in particular for the job as a health and care worker.

The fact that the videos were to be streamed on the Family Ministry's YouTube channel and that three actors known in the mainstream from German Netflix series were the protagonists of the miniseries makes it formally very advantageous to reach this group of people.

It only becomes problematic with the content of the series: The generalist training, which was restarted in April 2020, is presented here from the perspective of three different people with different social, financial and cultural backgrounds. That is not bad in itself, but the portrayal of the characters, their motives for starting the training and their intellect could be perceived as almost insulting.

“For me, training means doing the probationary period, then I have a contract and then fuck it. Get my cash and chill like a mole ", says protagonist" Boris ", for example. The main motivation for all protagonists seems to be the money and the loose rules in the vocational school “New” training are almost completely neglected. I fear very few people who work in nursing are motivated by “cash.” The salary is relatively high during training compared to other training occupations, but less in later professional life Consideration of the daily demands that are placed on each individual in care is rather low.
Even if the "distortion of reality (...) is part of the humorous concept", it cannot be expedient to use a profession, for which, according to the ministry, one wants to "inspire" here, as a reservoir for downright stupid, unmotivated and indecisive people to be presented as "Plan B". This has the opposite effect and tends to scare off people who are actually interested in the job.

The use of the "youth language" is not stimulating for a younger clientele, but is rather "cringe", so it comes across as ridiculous. All gags, if at all, only evoke a tired smile.

It is also very questionable that the Ministry of Family Affairs spent around € 700,000 on this project. Money that could have been invested in better working conditions in care, which in part left something to be desired, especially during Corona.

I myself am in the 2nd year of training as a health and child nurse, training for a profession that I was able to experience not only as enormously enriching and character-building, but also as essential for society.

I would like to make it clear that I do not feel adequately represented by this film series. I would also like to ask the Ministry:

• Appeals to the social side of people, because we help and are in constant contact with patients.
• Appeals to the inquisitive side of people because we learn new things every day.
• Appeals to the emotional side of the people, because we are there, always and for everyone.

Many Thanks

L. K., Trainee in the 2nd year of training, Munich

I think the series “Ehrenpflegas” is very inappropriate there

  • unrealistic
  • partly not true
  • it is little about training, but rather about private matters
  • it is portrayed as stupid
  • partly also sexist representation.

L. C., Munich

Nursing trainees are portrayed as mindless and lazy. It comes across as if everyone is only doing their training because they are too "lazy" to work. Care is presented as a "dork job". "Ehrenpflegas" is an insult to every trainee, carer and teacher.

The films / episodes were all fun and modern. Possibly the principle and certain characteristics of generalist nursing education should be emphasized and made more professional. Since the claim is very high, it should possibly be discussed more.

Dear Sirs and Madames,

Enclosed we would like to refer to your "Ehrenpflegas" campaign.

As trainees at the vocational school for nursing, we feel discriminated, offended and treated with disrespect. As professionally trained nurses, we don't feel noticed and humiliated. This job requires certain skills from the trainees, such as an emphatic demeanor, great professional competence, a sense of responsibility, emotional and psychological stability.

However, the series she produced shows skills that are not required for the profession. Sexist allusions are very important in your series. Racism and bullying have absolutely no place in this responsible profession. For years, nurses have been struggling for a reasonable standing / reputation in society. However, your series suddenly destroys these efforts. It is more than sad that no consultation with various nursing associations / nursing chambers was held about the expensive production costs and that a strongly distorted professional profile is presented as a result.

The consequence of your series will be that young people apply for this demanding profession who do not meet the high requirements of this profession and accordingly drop out of training or fail the state examination. Is this in your interest?

With best regards

Natalie, Jessica, Katharina, Trainee from Munich


A critical examination of the miniseries "Ehrenpflegas"

While the world is in a medical meltdown and the number of infections is increasing, the Federal Ministry for Families, Seniors, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ for short) is knocking out the "Ehrenpflegas" series for € 700,000 and one wonders if one has already been attacked and drawn care world: "Where was the timing and sensitivity for the current mood?"

It is almost as bizarre in terms of timing as applauding an overburdened, poorly paid professional group out of “appreciation” or demonstrating against existing measures without a mask, while the care and other professional groups fight against an enemy that is still too little understood.

Patricia Brand, Trainees in health and nursing

You can download the entire statement by Patricia Brand here: PDF Download

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