Since 2017, we have been working with the Agnes Karll Society and the German Nursing Association (DBfK) to establish the profession of community health nursing in Germany. In countries such as Canada and Finland, the concept has been well established for some time. The goal of the program is to sustainably improve primary health care in the community against the backdrop of the many challenges facing the German health care system. These include demographic change, a shortage of nursing staff, a growing shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas, and an increase in lifestyle-related diseases. Under these conditions, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people to find their way through a growing amount of health information.
In cooperation with the Agnes-Karll-Gesellschaft and the DBfK Bundesverband e.V., we have developed a task and performance profile for community health nurses. On this basis, curricula for master's degree programs were developed. New master's degree programs at the University of Witten-Herdecke, the Catholic University of Munich, and the Evangelical University of Applied Sciences in Dresden will allow nurses to further their education. Community Health Nurses are academically qualified nursing contacts for all questions relating to health and illness and support people in all life situations in coping with everyday life.