Cross-border nursing education in the SaarMoselle territory

April 2016

Cross-border nursing education in the SaarMoselle territory

Since 2008, the IFSI (Nursing training institute) of the Centre Hospitalier de Sarreguemines in France and Völklingen Hospital in Germany have built a partnership in the field of nursing education, consisting of the development of interculturality and promotion of bilingualism in initial and ongoing training.

Located within the SaarMoselle Eurodistrict, the two establishments have always shared the desire to develop projects tailored to the needs of the combined catchment area for cross-border healthcare and employment, while setting them within the framework of the strategic and cultural aims of the territory.

Thanks to the EU Directive 2011/24/EU on patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare, as well as the cross-border cooperation agreement on cardiology between the Lorraine regional health agency (ARS) and Völklingen Hospital of 19 March 2013, cross-border flows of patients are growing within the territory of the Eurodistrict. In the interests of patients, it therefore makes sense for healthcare staff to be aware of the two systems and to acquire French-German intercultural skills.

The partnership was forged during two key developments:
- 14 October 2008: signing of the French-German agreement on traineeships, marking the beginning of cooperation activities.
- 14 November 2014: signing of the French-German partnership agreement.

From now on, the goal is to boost the employability of future French nurses on the German territory where there is particularly high demand for the recruitment of healthcare professionals. The IFSI is therefore offering a cross-border training curriculum incorporating traineeships in Germany and language classes along with assistance in finding employment.

Enriched by this experience of nearly eight years, and in light of the emergence of a strong culture of partnership, the two establishments hope to give new momentum to this cooperation by developing links in the area of ongoing training.

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