Wishing You all a Happy and Healthy Christmas

It’s the perfect time to extend our very best Christmas wishes to all our friends, colleagues and supporters of the English for Nurses network.  We are so grateful for your continuing support. We hope it’s a very happy and healthy Christmas and can’t wait to see you all in 2022!

As we come towards the end of a very challenging year we would like to send a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to nurses, midwives, doctors, paramedics and carers, who all play such an important role in looking after us and maintaining society’s health. 

We healthcare professionals need support from society to reduce our stress and anxiety so we can continue to do a great job. Please follow your country’s guidelines to minimise hospital admissions as much as possible.

This year, we have chosen a slightly different festive message and have adopted the one used by the children of Italy during the Coronavirus lockdown: ‘Andrá Tutto Bene’, which translates to ‘Everything Will Be Alright’. This message of hope is as important as ever!

Best wishes, The English for Nurses Team

EfN Podcast Episode 11: The End of a Most Challenging Year

Sabine Torgler continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today. Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the eleventh episode, the last of the year, Sabine gives an overview of the current situation as the UK battles the Omicron variant. 2021 has been a hugely difficult year, but what can we expect in 2022? Topics of discussion include compulsory vaccination, the booster programme, and the exhaustion and pressure felt by healthcare professionals on the frontline. Sabine hopes we all have a happy Christmas, but above all that it’s a safe and healthy one too. 

Episode 11: The End of a Most Challenging Year

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Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 27/1/2022, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

Nurse’s View: Are We on the Road to Nowhere?

Sabine’s new article for her regular column on Healthmanagement.org is now available to view.

In this month’s article, Sabine talks about the impact of the new Omicron variant on her emotions, her mindset and her working life as a nurse.  With so many unanswered questions surrounding this latest mutation, Sabine wonders where we are heading as a society. How do we exit this ‘Road to Nowhere’? 

In times like these, it can be a challenge for even the most optimistic person to remain upbeat. We are all craving a return to some kind of normality, especially those who are on the frontline. Is it time to consider compulsory vaccination for all? 

Please do take a look!

https://healthmanagement.org/c/hospital/post/are-we-on-the-road-to-nowhere

A Big ‘Thank You’ to all Healthcare Professionals!

As we come towards the end of a very challenging year we would like to send a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to nurses, midwives, doctors, paramedics and carers, who all play such an important role in looking after us and maintaining society’s health. 

We healthcare professionals need support from society to reduce our stress and anxiety so we can continue to do a great job. Please follow your country’s guidelines to minimise hospital admissions as much as possible.

This year, we have chosen a slightly different festive message and have adopted the one used by the children of Italy during the Coronavirus lockdown: ‘Andrá Tutto Bene’, which translates to ‘Everything Will Be Alright’. 

This message of hope is as important as ever!

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 20/12/2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

Sabine Torgler Featured on Queen’s Nursing Institute Website

English for Nurses director, Sabine Torgler, is incredibly proud to have been featured on the Queen’s Nursing Institute website. The QNI is the biggest charity for nurses in the world. In her article, ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’, Sabine reflects on her career as an overseas nurse, from the challenges of the early days on UK wards, through various specialist nursing roles within the NHS, to eventually founding an international nurses’ network. Sabine has great respect for the NHS and believes that her decision to move to the UK in 2003 opened up a whole world of opportunities for her. A fascinating journey!

https://www.qni.org.uk/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go/

EfN Podcast Episode 10: The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Sabine Torgler continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today. Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the 10th episode, Sabine discusses an important development in the UK’s approach to the pandemic: the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for care workers and other community healthcare workers in England. Other topics of conversation include wearing masks in public, supporting the RCN, and the joy of working with student nurses. Look out for next month’s podcast – a review of 2021!

Episode 10: The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 25/11/2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

EfN Podcast Episode 9: COVID-19: Looking Forward and Looking Back

Sabine Torgler continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today. Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the ninth episode, we catch up with Sabine after she returns from her annual leave and a much needed rest. Before heading out for her first shift back on the wards in Bristol, Sabine talks about what’s on the horizon for her as a nurse and as director of English for Nurses. As we enter the last quarter of the year, it’s a good time to take stock of the pandemic in the UK. We must remain focused on the challenges that lie ahead, but it’s also important to note how far we have come in the last twelve months. Let’s acknowledge what amazing progress we have made!

Episode 9: COVID-19: Looking Forward and Looking Back

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Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 21/10/2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

Nurse’s View: Andra Tutto Bene = Everything will be all right!

Sabine’s new article for her regular column on Healthmanagement.org is now available to view.

In her new article called “Andra Tutto Bene = Everything will be all right!” Sabine talks about a heart-warming message of hope from the children of Italy. Sabine believes that hope is a key component in her work, and it allows her to continue to perform professionally as a nurse. We must maintain our solidarity and optimism for the future in facing the challenge of COVID-19. Afterall, even though there will be many challenges ahead, we have already come such a long way!  

Please do take a look at the article:

https://healthmanagement.org/c/hospital/post/andra-tutto-bene-everything-will-be-all-right

EfN Podcast Episode 8: The Beautiful and Varied World of Nursing

Sabine Torgler, director of English for Nurses, continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today. Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the eighth episode, Sabine talks about how she is getting ready for a hectic week before being able to look forward to a three week holiday. Sabine has been working with patients in a respite centre in Bristol and, though the work is challenging, she also feels relieved to be able to engage with patients where the primary focus is no longer COVID-19.  While dividing her time between nursing shifts, teaching, and preparing for a presentation at a congress in Tokyo, Sabine is able to reflect on what a varied life nursing can provide.

Episode 8: The Beautiful and Varied World of Nursing

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Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 29/09/2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

EfN Podcast Episode 7: Sharing Knowledge and Skills

Sabine Torgler, director of English for Nurses, continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today. Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the seventh episode, Sabine talks about her recent experiences working with a new overseas nurse during a late shift at her hospital in Bristol. In some ways, this felt like going right back to the beginning for Sabine – in 2003 she was walking a similar path to this nurse, learning a new language and adapting to a completely new nursing culture in the UK. Understanding the challenges that overseas nurses face is central to English for Nurses, and Sabine considers it an honour to be able to pass on some of her hard-won knowledge and experience. Working with people from different cultures and backgrounds is one of the great joys of working as a nurse, as well as being a key strength of the NHS. Teamwork and encouragement are essential! Nurses United!

Episode 7: Sharing Knowledge and Skills

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Nurse’s View: So Why am I Worrying Now? Thoughts from the UK on Pandemic Times

Sabine’s new article for her regular column on HealthManagement.org is now available to view.

In her new article called “So Why am I Worrying Now? Thoughts from the UK on Pandemic Times” Sabine talks about how she copes with the constant stream of negative news surrounding the pandemic.  COVID-19 will surely be an ongoing challenge for the world. With no immediate end in sight, how can we learn to not waste our energy on worry and anxiety about things we can’t control? For Sabine the answer lies in living well, looking after herself, and focusing on the positives. 

Please do take a look at the article:

https://healthmanagement.org/c/hospital/post/so-why-am-i-worrying-now-thoughts-from-the-uk-on-pandemic-times

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 26/08/2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

EfN Podcast Episode 6: Hope is Winning in the Fight Against COVID-19

Sabine Torgler, director of English for Nurses, continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today. Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the sixth episode Sabine talks about how the UK is doing battle with the new COVID-19 variants. Despite the ups and downs and the challenges that lie ahead, the UK’s vaccination programme means that there is an underlying feeling of safety, optimism and hope that was perhaps in doubt only a year ago. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and the light is getting brighter day by day.

Episode 6: Hope is Winning in the Fight Against COVID-19

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Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses, Midwives and Other Healthcare Professionals!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other people, share your knowledge and experience, and brush up your English language skills. If you have any anxiety about speaking English, this is a great way to build confidence in a relaxed environment.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome healthcare professionals of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes. We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 29/07/2021, 5pm – 6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Sabine and the team

Nurse’s View: An Epiphany from Inside the COVID-19 Crisis in the UK

Sabine’s new article for her regular column on HealthManagement.org is now available to view.

In her new article called “An Epiphany from Inside the COVID-19 Crisis in the UK”, Sabine talks about her recent experiences working on a hepatology ward with acutely ill patients. Sabine writes: “Yes, COVID-19 is there, and undoubtedly, yes, COVID-19 has changed our world, our lives and our views. It will never be the same as it was before. But there are still other patients, some with very complex issues, who need us too.”

Lockdown may end, but nursing will continue!

Please do take a look at the article:

https://healthmanagement.org/c/imaging/post/an-epiphany-from-inside-the-covid-19-crisis-in-the-uk

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other nurses, and each share our individual knowledge and experience.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome nurses of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes.  We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 17/06/2021, 5pm-6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Stay tuned for news about get-togethers for midwives too!

Sabine and the team

Podcast Episode 5: Lockdown Ends, but Nursing Never Stops

Sabine Torgler, director of English for Nurses, continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today.  Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the fifth episode Sabine talks about her recent experiences working on a hepatology ward with acutely ill patients and how it made her reflect on her ongoing work as a nurse. Lockdown has ended in the UK and many of the wards are now free of COVID-19, but the world of nursing never stops! Even though the pandemic has dominated our lives for the last 14 months, there are always other patients in need of care.

Episode 5: Lockdown Ends, but Nursing Never Stops

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Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other nurses, and each share our individual knowledge and experience.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome nurses of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes.  We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 27/05/2021, 5pm-6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Stay tuned for news about get-togethers for midwives too!

Sabine and the team

Nurse’s View: Looking Back at the Last 12 Months

Sabine’s new article for her regular column on Healthmanagement.org is now available to view!

In her new article, Sabine looks back at the last 12 months.  Despite all the upheaval and hardships caused by the pandemic, what has really changed for healthcare professionals? As a nurse, Sabine asks the question: Are we receiving the help and support we need? We helped to look after everyone else, but who is looking after us?

Please do take a look and stay tuned for the next one!

https://healthmanagement.org/c/hospital/post/nurses-view-looking-back-at-last-12-months

One Year After the Outbreak of COVID-19: A Nurse’s Review and a Call to Action!

In May 2020 I wrote an open letter appealing to the governments of the world to act quickly to deliver PPE to nurses who were lacking the necessary equipment to work safely during the pandemic. 

One year after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to look back and acknowledge that serious changes need to happen at a political level to ensure that nurses and other healthcare professionals receive the support they need. Never again should we have to endure the often avoidable hardships that we experienced in the last 12 months.

I have written a new open letter calling for politicians throughout the world to closely examine their health systems and take action to protect the physical and mental health of their workers. Our profession is in danger and needs help!

You can help by sending this letter to your local and national politicians. If we work together, we can force a change!

You can view and download the open letter in English or German, with more languages to follow soon.

  • One Year After the Outbreak of COVID-19: A Nurse’s Review Open Letter – English View | Download
  • One Year After the Outbreak of COVID-19: A Nurse’s Review Open Letter – German View | Download
  • One Year After the Outbreak of COVID-19: A Nurse’s Review Open Letter – Russian View | Download

Podcast Episode 4: Thoughts From the Island – 4 Weeks Until We Celebrate International Nurses’ Day

Sabine Torgler, director of English for Nurses, continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today.  Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the fourth episode, Sabine talks about her emotions as the UK finally emerges from a long lockdown and shops, pubs and restaurants begin to reopen. Sabine looks at how the UK has eventually succeeded in managing the COVID-19 outbreak after suffering so badly and making plenty of mistakes along the way. The sun is shining, Sabine’s ward is free of COVID-19, and there are lots of reasons to be optimistic. It’s only 4 weeks until International Nurses’ Day, and what an important celebration it will be after all the hardships of the previous year. 

Episode 4: Thoughts From the Island – 4 Weeks Until We Celebrate International Nurses’ Day

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Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other nurses, and each share our individual knowledge and experience.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome nurses of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes.  We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 29/04/2021, 5pm-6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Stay tuned for news about get-togethers for midwives too!

Sabine and the team

Nurse’s View: “How Are You, Nurse?”

Sabine’s new article for her regular column on Healthmanagement.org is now available to view!

In this fascinating article Sabine answers the question “How Are You, Nurse?”, reflecting on her feelings surrounding the current situation in the UK. Is the answer to the question different now than it would have been just a couple of months ago? How does the last year compare to her previous 26 years as a nurse?

Please do take a look and stay tuned for the next one!

https://healthmanagement.org/c/hospital/post/nurses-view-how-are-you-nurse

A pdf version of the article is available here

Podcast Episode 3: One Year After the Beginning of the Pandemic Crisis

Sabine Torgler, director of English for Nurses, continues her monthly podcast series with a brand new episode! The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today.  Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the third episode, Sabine looks at the current situation in the UK, one year after the outbreak of COVID-19.  At the start of the outbreak, nurses like Sabine were suddenly faced with one of the most devastating health crises in modern history. Twelve months later, what is the situation in the UK? How is the vaccination programme progressing? How do we even begin to reflect on the previous year?  As ever, Sabine looks at the big picture, as well as sharing her own personal experiences and emotions surrounding the pandemic, contrasting her feelings now with how she felt at the start of the outbreak. 

Episode 3: One Year After the Beginning of the Pandemic Crisis

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An Invitation to Speak at The International Japanese Nursing Association, Tokyo

I have been invited to be a guest speaker at the International Japanese Nursing Association on 04/09/2021 in Tokyo, an event that will be attended by ca.100 nurses. Akane (a PhD student in nursing from Tokyo), Julija (an international translator for healthcare et al from Osaka) and I will present a 90-minute talk live via Zoom.  We are all delighted, excited, and honoured to be invited. 

During a recent Zoom meeting with Akane and Julija, we also discussed the possibility of implementing our work at English for Nurses in Japan! This could be the start of another great international project, and a perfect way for English for Nurses to make an entry into the world of Japanese nursing.  It really is amazing to be able to connect with like-minded people from all over the world who have such exciting ideas and great positivity and enthusiasm for the world of nursing. 

Please stay tuned for more news about this project!

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other nurses, and each share our individual knowledge and experience.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome nurses of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes.  We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 29/03/2021, 5pm-6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Stay tuned for news about get-togethers for midwives too!

Sabine and the team

Podcast Episode 2: How Is Nursing in the UK Different From Other European Countries?

Sabine Torgler, director of English for Nurses, continues her podcast series with a brand new episode!  The podcast series deals with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today.  Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the second episode, Sabine answers one of the questions she is asked most often by her colleagues: How is nursing in the UK different from other European countries? In her explanation, Sabine touches on the some of the key differences including qualification, registration, culture and ethos, professional development, as well as some of the procedures and treatments a nurse will be expected to perform on the wards in the UK.  A fascinating listen for any nurses considering a move to the UK, or indeed for anyone with an interest in nursing!

Episode 2: How Is Nursing in the UK Different From Other European Countries?

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Nurse’s View: Is There Life After COVID-19?

Have you been keeping up to date with Sabine’s regular column, ‘Nurse’s View’, for Healthmanagement.org? Her latest article is now available to view! This month, Sabine poses the important question: ‘Is There Life After COVID-19?’

https://healthmanagement.org/c/hospital/post/nurses-view-is-there-life-after-covid-19

In the article, Sabine gives voice to the important questions that are on all of our minds at the moment: Will there ever be a ‘normal’ again? What will our lives be like? What can COVID-19 teach us about the way we live (and nurse) in an ever changing and interconnected world? How do we move forward again after this life-changing chapter in our lives?

A pdf version of the article is available here

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other nurses, and each share our individual knowledge and experience.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome nurses of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes.  We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 25/02/2021, 5pm-6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Stay tuned for news about get-togethers for midwives too!

Sabine and the team

Podcast Episode 1: An Introduction to Overseas Nursing in the UK

We are proud to announce the start of a new podcast series, recorded by Sabine Torgler, director of English for Nurses.  The series will deal with a variety of topics surrounding nursing, overseas nursing, and other important issues in the world of nursing today.  Each episode will be available to listen to exclusively via our website. We hope to make the series available through other channels in the future.

In the first episode Sabine introduces herself as your host before moving on to a brief explanation of what it means to be a registered nurse (RN) in the UK, as well as some of the key elements of this unique nursing culture.  

Please stay tuned for more episodes, which will be announced via our website and social media.

Episode 1: An Introduction to Overseas Nursing in the UK:  

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Nurse’s View: Are We Back to Square One with COVID-19 in the UK?

Sabine’s latest article for her regular column on Healthmanagement.org is now available to view!

This time, as she returns to work on the wards, Sabine talks about the huge challenges being faced by nurses like her, and by the UK as a whole, while the battle against COVID-19 continues. The infection numbers look very bad and the new virus mutations are extremely concerning. Is the UK back to square one, or is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Please do take a look at the latest article – ‘Nurse’s View: Are We Back to Square One with COVID-19 in the UK’?

https://healthmanagement.org/c/hospital/post/nurses-view-are-we-back-to-square-one-with-covid-19-in-uk

A pdf of the article is available here

Stammtisch: Free Zoom Meetings for Nurses!

It’s time to start an online community and stay connected while COVID-19 is keeping us apart! Every month we’ll be hosting a free Zoom meeting for nurses. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with other nurses, and each share our individual knowledge and experience.

We call the get-togethers ’STAMMTISCH’, which is a German word for a reserved table in a pub for people who meet on a regular basis! Although many of the participants will come from a German speaking background, we welcome nurses of any nationality or background. 

Meetings take place in English, via Zoom, and last 90 minutes.  We can accommodate about 20 to 25 participants and still have a few places left for the next meeting. 

Our next meeting: 28/01/2021, 5pm-6:30pm (UK time)

We would love for you to join us. Just send me a message via Facebook or email at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org

Stay tuned for news about get-togethers for midwives too!

Sabine and the team

Nurse’s View: How Do I Feel About COVID-19 Vaccine?

Director of English for Nurses, Sabine Torgler, has written a new article for her column on Healthmanagement.org titled “Nurse’s View: How Do I Feel About COVID-19 Vaccine?”

It’s a fascinating and honest insight into Sabine’s views on the new vaccine and what is means to her personally, and professionally as a nurse.

https://healthmanagement.org/c/hospital/post/nurses-view-how-do-i-feel-about-covid-19-vaccine

This is Sabine’s first article for her regular column on the website, so please stay tuned for more articles in 2021!

You can download a pdf of the article here

Sabine Torgler for HealthManagement.org: “German Nurse in the UK: Should I Stay or Should I go?”

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work as an overseas nurse in the UK? Have you considered what it means to move your whole life to another country and get to grips with a completely new nursing culture?  That’s exactly what EfN director Sabine Torgler did 17 years ago when she made the life-changing decision to pursue a career in UK nursing.

In December, Sabine wrote a feature article for the latest issue of HealthManagement.org magazine in which she talks honestly about her personal experience and what inspired her to make the move to the UK in 2003.  Later in the article Sabine discusses her work with the Erasmus Programme and her worries about the impact of Brexit on her life and profession.

Please do take a look!

https://healthmanagement.org/c/healthmanagement/issuearticle/german-nurse-in-uk-should-i-stay-or-should-i-go

A pdf of the article is available here

“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:

https://www.cfcc-programm.de/angebote/expertenreise-pflege/?L=0

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:

http://www.inhwe.org

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.

https://englishfornurses.org/produkt/english-for-nurses-basics-pocket-guide-for-german-speaking-countries/?lang=de

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!

https://englishfornurses.org/…/english-for-midwives-pocke…/…

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

English for Nurses: Pocket Guide

We’re pleased to be able to share more information about our new product – “English for Nurses: Pocket Guide”!

The guide has been designed for ease and speed and features wipe-clean pages for the clinical environment. As with all our learning aids and courses, it has been written by nurses for nurses, so you can be confident it will provide you with the content you need for real working life on the wards. We’re super excited about releasing this project. We’re not aware of any other pocket-sized language guides, specifically for nurses, on the market today.

English for Nurses: Pocket Guide will be priced at £12.50 / €12.50.

Initially, we will have 2 versions available. The first is for German-speakers and features German translations for some of the key English terminology. The second is an ‘International’ version which is entirely in English.
Our first print runs will be occurring soon, so now is the perfect time to register your interest.  Check out the links below for full details… or get in contact with a member of our team at:

sabine@englishfornurses.org
donna@englishfornurses.org

Learning at home: Pocket Guides

http://mailchi.mp/englishfornurses/new-pioneering-language-support-for-overseas-nurses-by-overseas-nurses?e=39f89f85bd