Career information

Whether you are looking for a career in Nursing and Healthcare Practice or whether you are hoping to become a Surgical Technologist, this section will provide you with relevant information on the type of training provided at the Brandenburg Heart Center.

Who we are

The way in which the Immanuel Hospital Bernau's Brandenburg Heart Center manages to combine the services offered by a typical primary care hospital with those of a tertiary cardiovascular care center is unique within Germany, both in terms of its geographical and organizational infrastructure. The Departments of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine form part of the primary care services provided, while the Departments of Cardiac Surgery and Cardiology form part of the Heart Center.

The spectrum of services we offer is completed by the Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Management, which also has an interdisciplinary Intensive Care Unit. Every year, we treat a total of approximately 12,000 inpatients, and in excess of 20,000 outpatients. Every year, over 6,000 surgery procedures are performed at our hospital, thereof more than 1,000 cardiothoracic procedures. Using state-of-the-art technology and methods, more than 6,000 catheterization procedures per year are performed in four catheterization laboratories.

Each of the specialist departments has mentors and specially-trained and qualified instructors available to support and supervise members of staff who are currently in training. These specialists and mentors ensure that we are able to maintain our current high standards in relation to the practical training provided to the next generation of nurses and surgical technologists.

When can I apply?

Courses in Nursing and Healthcare Practice start on 1 April and 1 October of every year, while Surgical Technology courses start on 1 April. Applications can be submitted once you are in receipt of your year 9/year 12 end-of-year report.

What specific requirement do I need to meet?

Good or excellent results achieved in "Abitur" (higher secondary school diploma), "Realschulabschluss" (secondary school diploma after 10th grade) or any equivalent qualifications. Where applicable, other diplomas/certificates or practical experience in health or social care institutions (e.g. nursing care, vocational/technical training colleges).

  • Excellent social skills
  • Perseverance and resilience
  • Willingness to work hard
  • Flexibility and reliability
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to handle criticism, tolerant attitude
  • Pleasant demeanor

How long does it take to complete training?

The duration of training in both careers is three years, and includes a 6-month probationary period for Nursing Staff and a 4-month probationary period for Surgical Technologists.

Where will the training be held?

The theoretical parts of the course will be held at the "Akademie der Gesundheit Berlin-Brandenburg e.V.", while the majority of practical training will be held at the Immanuel Hospital Bernau's Brandenburg Heart Center. Some courses will be held at other sites, and may include other Immanuel Diakonie sites and/or facilities provided by our external partners.

What does the practical side of training involve?

  • Theory and practice placements alternating throughout the course
  • Support and guidance in order to develop the ability and confidence to work independently
  • Practical placements in different sections of the hospital and allied healthcare providers
  • Examination
  • Taking part in the organization of seminars and public relations events

In addition to the above, nursing training also includes:

  • Introductory week
  • Project weeks in preparation for examinations
  • Practical placements in all medical disciplines

What professional qualifications can I obtain?

Upon successful completion of your nursing training you will be officially recognized as a registered nurse. Upon successful completion of surgical technology training you will be awarded a certificate and become a qualified "Operationstechnische Assistentin (DKG)/Operationstechnischer Assistent (DKG) [Surgical Technologist]". Once you have successfully completed your training, we will be happy to discuss with you any potential career opportunities within our hospital.

Your application should be submitted in writing to:

Immanuel Klinikum Bernau Herzzentrum Brandenburg

Pflegedienstleitung (Nursing and Care Services)

Ladeburger Str. 17 · 16321 Bernau
T: +49 3338 6 94 - 900
F: +49 3338 6 94 - 945


How to find us

By train
  • Take either the "Regionalexpress" RE 3 Schwedt/Stralsund or "Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn" OE 60 to "Bahnhof Bernau"
  • From the bus terminal "Busbahnhof Bernau" at the S-Bahn station "S-Bahnhof Bernau" (S2), take the bus No. 869 alighting at „Bernau, Neues Krankenhaus" (Bernau, new hospital)

Supporting other careers in healthcare

All training and further training delivered to staff is delivered on the job, incorporates the very latest in scientific knowledge and plays an extremely important role in our hospital. Our hospital is a member of the "Akademie der Gesundheit Berlin/Brandenburg e.V.". Every year, starting on 1st of April, two applicants are offered surgical technologist training placements, and starting on 1st of April and 1st of Octobre, ten applicants are offered Nursing and Care training placements at our hospital. The theoretical part of training is delivered by the "Adkademie der Gesundheit" at their facilities in Berlin-Buch.

The practical part of training can be completed in this hospital or as part of a placement with another healthcare provider that is a member of the "Akademie der Gesundheit". All trainees are supported by qualified instructors and mentors. Members of staff of our Nursing and Care Services have teaching commitments as part of a variety of different courses offered by the "Akademie der Gesundheit Berlin/Brandenburg e.V.". In addition to this, some of our Nursing and Care Services staff are involved in seminars and other training events that are on offer to specialist care staff both within Brandenburg and beyond.

Teaching also means supporting training in other disciplines. The Immanuel Hospital Bernau's Brandenburg Heart Center offers practical placements in nursing and care services for paramedics and emergency care assistants in training, as well as for prospective medical students. We also offer work experience placements for interested pupils from schools within the area. This type of short placement allows young people to get an idea of what work within the nursing and care professions is really like, and may even help them to discover that they were made for a career in health and social care.

Relevant information

Emergency numbers

  • Emergencies only:
    Our emergency room:
    +49 3338-69 45 21

Contact person

  • Daniela Zacharias
    Responsible for Quality Management

    Immanuel Hospital Bernau Brandenburg Heart Center
    Ladeburger Str. 17
    16321 Bernau bei Berlin
    T +49 3338 694-925
    F +49 3338 694-927
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