“Nurses Are Not Soliders”: An Interview with Sabine Torgler for HealthManagement.org Magazine

English for Nurses director Sabine Torgler was recently interviewed by HealthManagement.org for their magazine cover story “COVID-19 Superheroes”.  During the interview Sabine recalls her personal experience of working as a UK nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which she too became infected with the virus.  After she recovered, Sabine started a global campaign asking governments all over the world to ensure nurses and other frontline medical staff are adequately protected with personal protective equipment. 

You can view this excellent article here: “Nurses Are Not Soldiers”.

COVID-19 PPE SHORTAGE: A global appeal to governments to deliver PPE

You will already know about the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurses, midwives, doctors and carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Without adequate protection we are being asked to risk our lives and those of our patients. Lives are being lost needlessly due to the failure of our governments to protect us at work. The situation is completely unacceptable and cannot continue. We are calling on the governments of the world to work together NOW to avert this crisis

Every day we receive emails and phone calls from nurses and midwives all over the world who are at breaking point due to the lack of PPE. This is not a time for political games, or for one country to claim superiority over another. As nurses and healthcare professionals, we must unite in this common cause and demand that action is taken by our governments – not tomorrow, not next week, but NOW. 

Sabine Torgler, registered nurse and director of English for Nurses has written an open letter appealing for action. Please join our global campaign by sharing this letter. Even if you do not work in healthcare, you can still help! Thank you for your support – if we join together we can force a change! 

You can download the letter in English, German, Japanese, Spanish and Russian, and other languages will follow soon:

NEWSFLASH: The Expert Trip – A New Partnership With The Robert Bosch Stiftung

We are absolutely delighted to announce that we are partnering with The Robert Bosch Stiftung who will be supporting our ‘Expert’ trip for nurses, which will place in Bristol this year.  Our ‘Expert’ trips allow nurses from Germany to travel to the UK and learn about the UK healthcare system by visiting educational and medical facilities in the city.  Each trip has proven to be a great success and is central to our philosophy of ‘sharing knowledge and skills’.  Participants find the intercultural exchange to be extremely rewarding and we thoroughly enjoy organising and hosting these events.

The new support from The Robert Bosch Stiftung will take this project to the next level and we are sure it will now go from strength to strength. 

You can find out more here:


Professor Dr. Edith Kellnhauser 1933 – 2019: A Pioneer in Nursing

We are deeply saddened to report that Professor Dr Edith Kellnhauser passed away on the 25th May 2019, aged 85.  Our condolences go to Professor Kellnhauser’s family. 

As a result of Prof. Kellnhauser’s outstanding work, the German nursing profession continued to progress and has reached a much higher level than might otherwise have been possible. 

For many of us nurses, Prof. Kellnhauser was a pioneer and an inspiration. She showed us how beautiful the nursing profession could be. Through her immense knowledge and relentless commitment she and her team achieved extraordinary changes in German nursing. Prof. Kellnhauser always had a vision for nursing and devoted her life and career towards its implementation. 

You can read an official statement by Deutscher Pflegerat e.V. here

The nursing council from Rheinland-Pfalz have also published a statement:  https://www.pflegekammer-rlp.de/index.php/news-lesen-130/eine-grosse-pionierin-der-pflege-professorin-dr-dr-edith-kellnhauser-ist-verstorben.html

Edith, we will miss you terribly! We will continue your vision!

In tiefster Verbundenheit,

Sabine and the team


Top picture: Professor Kellnhauser at the award ceremony for the Bundesverdienstkreuzfor in 2017.

Sabine Discusses the Erasmus+ Programme at the Mobility Agency in Hamburg

English for Nurses’ director Sabine Torgler recently attended a meeting at the mobility agency ‘Arbeit und Leben’ in Hamburg.  There she met Lena and Isabel who are our co-op partners for the Erasmus+ Programme and will send 15 student nurses to the UK this year.

During the meeting, Sabine was asked to give a short interview about her hopes and expectations for the future of the Erasmus+ Programme during these uncertain times in the UK.  You can watch the interview below.

International Network for Health Workforce Education

English for Nurses’ Patron Jacqui Filkins is a member of this organisation and kindly sent us their link to help raise awareness of the important work that they do. The International Network for Health Workforce Education is an online community for healthcare educators and researchers to network, connect and problem solve together

“The International Network for Health Workforce Education passionately believes that health workforce education needs to realise and benefit from the great potential that lies in our diverse, knowledge-rich, global society.”

For full details, please visit the INHWE website:


NEW – English for Nurses BASICS: Pocket Guide

We are delighted to anounce the launch of a brand new Pocket Guide for nurses – English for Nurses BASICS: Pocket Guide.


This will be our 4th publication so far! Unlike our other books, this new ‘Basics’ edition features full German translations for every English phrase and term, making it the ideal quick reference any German speaking nurse whatever their level of English.  The book covers the usual key aspects of nursing, including admission, routine care, respiratory problems, diabetes care, patient discharge and basic anatomy. Additionally, English for Nurses: BASICS includes extra content covering English grammar, useful verbs and workplace terminology to help nurses get to grips with the foundations of speaking English successfully.

Like all our Pocket Guides, EfN BASICS is small enough to easily fit in your bag or uniform pocket so you always have it with you on the ward – when you need it most.  Pocket Guide is easy to read, colour coded, and features laminated pages and a durable spiral binding.

English for Nurses BASICS: Pocket Guide is available to buy in our shop

NEW – English for Midwives: Pocket Guide

Our new book ‘English for Midwives: Pocket Guide’ is now available to buy in our online shop!


This edition is for German speaking countries and only ships to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. As always, payments are accepted in € or £.

‘English for Midwives: Pocket Guide’ contains 9 chapters with over 150 pages of key English terminology, phrases and examples to help midwives communicate safely and professionally with English speaking women throughout pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.

As with all our Pocket Guides, this book has been designed to be quick and simple to use, with colour coded chapters, generously sized text and clear subheadings throughout. The book features a durable wire binding and all pages are laminated to make it suitable for the clinical environment.

Visit our shop to view our full range of books and CDs for nurses and midwives!

English for Midwives – 4 Day Workshop in Bristol

We are pleased to announce we’ll be holding 2 special 4-day workshop events for midwives in November 2018 and July 2019. We’re very excited about these events because they’ll be happening in our home city of Bristol, UK!

The programme consists of 3 full days of intensive ‘English for Midwives’ workshops (Pregnancy, Labour, and Postpartum), followed by our midwifery cultural exchange tour in Bristol. This includes a full tour of the University of the West of England’s world-class midwifery teaching facilities as well as an active maternity ward in Bristol. 

These events present an amazing opportunity for midwives from abroad to immerse themselves in the English language and culture, see a new city, and dramatically improve their English language skills over a relatively short period of time. The teaching groups will be small and focused to ensure that all our students receive the attention they need to learn confidently and efficiently.

Not only is Bristol one of the most beautiful and colourful cities in the UK but it’s also a great base from which to explore the rest of the UK!

If you would like to attend, or have any questions, please contact us at: sabine@englishfornurses.org

To download a full resolution PDF of the flyer, please use this link: Flyer