Intensive Care and Anesthesia Nursing

Here you can start a virtual tour of our new intensive care unit 2

The team for anesthesia and intensive care nursing forms a single organizational unit at the German Heart Center Berlin. This team has around 200 nurses. The unit is also responsible for the admission and care of emergency patients requiring intensive care.

As a single organization unit we can offer our nurses – if they wish – rotation between the intensive care unit and the operating room, so that they can continue to extend their skills and expertise in both these areas.

In addition to performing basic nursing tasks, our specialist nurses assist in different diagnostic and therapeutic measures. The nurses form the interface between patients, their relatives, the doctors and personnel from other disciplines. Professional and structured induction of new personnel is guaranteed by several practical instructors.

Here you can see our job adverts for intensive care and anesthesia nurses.

Our Intensive Care Unit

Our intensive care wards have a total of 69 beds with state-of-the-art monitoring and ventilation equipment. A highly motivated and experienced team of male and female nurses is available for the complex and demanding intensive care of our patients before and after an operation. In addition the nurses of our ICU 1 form the emergency team for the whole of the German Heart Institute. There is regular rotation of nurses between ICU 1 and 2.

ICU 2 was reopened in February 2017 following year-long rebuilding and modernization. It has 18 beds in three four-bed and three two-bed rooms.

The 1,000 square meter large area on the second floor of the building was newly partitioned and thoroughly renovated. Over 1,200 square meters of new walls were positioned. The total amount of the investment was around 5.4 million euros.

Intensive care nurse Valentine talking about her work

Intensive care nurse Valentine about her profession

I actually wanted to start here at the DHZB on normal ward. But then I was allowed to "sniff" a day in the intensive care unit. I liked that immediately and I agreed. Many said it would be hard to start immediately after the training on the intensive care unit in the DHZB. But this is more exciting for me than a normal ward, if I am honest. The pressure is already high, that is not without it. But you just learn it through routine. And you have super people around you. If you don't know what to do, you can always get a colleague to help you. And so you grow day by day according to experience. And that's where safety comes in.

 

You have many patients here who are still unconscious, but I meet them as if they were awake and explain what I am doing. The feeling of success when patients feel better again after a long and complicated process - that's an important reason why I enjoy this profession".

Anesthesia Nursing

Anesthesia nurses in the operating rooms of the German Heart Center Berlin aid the anesthetists in preparing for and carrying out the anesthesia in procedures that can be highly complex and take many hours. In newborn children, in the elderly, in planned operations and also in emergency surgery.

Anesthesia Nurse Thomas Talking About His Work

Anesthesia nurse Thomas talking about his work

"As soon as the patient arrives, we concentrate on calming them and taking away their fears.

We have about ten minutes with the patients before they go to sleep. And that means ten minutes just for the patient. People are lying here quite helpless on the operating table and know that their heart is about to be operated on. And they are alone – without any relatives. Although it is stressful, in this short time we must be right there for people.

In heart surgery there is always something new, so it is always a challenge. The longer you’re here, the better you know what emergencies can happen. You always have to be alert and able to react quickly.

Sometimes you feel like an octopus, with eight arms. After eight hours you’re deadbeat. But the people are absolutely O.K. In an emergency they’re all there straight away. You can rely on them. And that feels good and is the reason why I’m here.”