Evangelical Diaconal Association Berlin-Zehlendorf

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The Evangelical Diakonieverein Berlin-Zehlendorf eV is the sponsor of the largest evangelical sisterhood in Germany. The association has around 2000 members.

Club and training work

The association is dedicated to sick, pediatric and elderly care through provision contracts in around 80 clinics , elderly and care facilities, outpatient care services and in hospices. He employs around 1,900 deaconry sisters and deaconry brothers in nursing , children's nursing , care for the elderly and as a midwife or delivery assistant. Diaconal sisters and diaconal brothers are a diaconal community of women and men who understand life and work as diaconia on behalf of Jesus Christ.

Sisterhood membership usually begins with training; it is independent of civil status. The life of the community takes place in the sister groups of the institutions. The training is also open to Christians of other denominations and to men. The Evangelische Diakonieverein trains around 500 young people in nursing at 15 locations across Germany (health and nursing, health and children's nursing, care for the elderly and to become a midwife or obstetrician). For additional seminars in addition to the training, the Diakonieverein operates the Diakonie School in Berlin.

Diaconal sisters and diaconal brothers have their own rules of representation analogous to the Employee Representation Regulations (MAVO). The body is the District Council of Sisters, presided over by a District Sisters' Council chairwoman.

The special distinguishing mark of every deaconry sister and every deaconry brother is the brooch with the "deaconry rose" as a symbol of their Christian mission. This brooch marks the position of the respective sister or brother within the association: the pupils , orientation year , tribal and association sisters / brothers each wear a differently designed brooch.

Memberships and cooperations

The Evangelical Diakonieverein pursues charitable, charitable and church purposes and is a member of the Diaconal Work of the Evangelical Church in Germany eV It cooperates with the Working Group of German Sister Associations and Nursing Organizations eV (ADS) and has been the sponsor of the Diaconal Education Center for advanced training since 2003 the nursing professions in Berlin-Zehlendorf. He is also a member of the German Nursing Council (DPR) .

Places of activity

Institutions in which the Evangelical Diakonieverein Berlin-Zehlendorf is active through provision contracts :

place Facility
  • Diakonie seminars in the Evangelical Hospital, Hospice
  • Evangelical Hospital Bethesda zu Duisburg GmbH
Frankfurt am Main
  • Martha Maria Hospital (to the Diakoniewerk Martha-Maria)
  • Ev. Gesundbrunnen Hospital in Hofgeismar - Center for Geriatrics and Neurology
  • Evangelical Hospital Cologne-Weyertal (belongs to the Holding Evangelische Kliniken Rheinland gGmbH)
  • Social work Meiningen example
Mülheim an der Ruhr
  • Martha Maria Hospital
  • Evangelical University of Nuremberg
Oldenburg (Oldb)
  • Oldenburg Clinic (Oldb)
Rotenburg (Wümme)
Rotenburg on the Fulda
  • Kreiskrankenhaus Rotenburg ad Fulda Betriebs-GmbH
  • Sophienhaus and Hufeland Clinic Weimar


The Evangelical Diaconal Association was founded in 1894 by the theology professor Friedrich Zimmer to take care of social, diaconal and professional policy requirements.

The aim was to create opportunities for women to learn a profession and practice it independently. Zimmer also tried to win over women as active parish members for the church. Since at the same time the hospitals needed suitable nursing staff in the course of medical progress, the association was committed to uniform and structured training and further education.

The association was open to young girls and single women who wanted to learn a diaconal profession. The training enabled them to assume responsibility as women and mothers in the family, as church members and as citizens in the state. In July 1894, the first diakonia seminar for nursing was opened at the municipal hospital in Elberfeld . In 1895 the sisters who had remained in the profession after their training merged to form a sister association. Diakonie seminars as training centers were founded all over the German Reich. The "Heimathaus" was built in Berlin in 1899 as headquarters, which was replaced by a new building in 1928.

When in 1933 the National Socialists sought to bring all the sister associations together, the Evangelical Diakonieverein also came under the umbrella association of the Reichsfachschaft Deutscher Sisters and Nurses . After the end of the war, a branch of the association was founded in Göttingen - in the area of ​​the western occupation zone. In the zone occupied by the Soviets at the time , most of the diaconal seminars were closed by 1950. The Göttingen branch became superfluous with the reunification and therefore dissolved in 1992.

Since 1991, active, registered deaconry nurses have been able to choose between two forms of sisterhood remuneration, the cooperative and the tariff . The costume regulations were also renewed. From January 1, 2015, not only Protestant women can belong to the sisterhood of the Evangelical Diakonie Association Berlin-Zehlendorf eV. Women and men who belong to a church or a church community of the Working Group of Christian Churches in Germany ACK are also welcome. The Protestant sisters decided by a large majority to take this step in order to continue to be active as a strong community in diaconal activities in the future.

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Individual evidence

  1. Cf. the case study on Merseburg: Stefan Wolter : "We saw our patients waving for a long time." Displacement strategies in the introduction of state nursing training in the GDR using the example of the Diakonieseminar Merseburg, in: Historia Hospitalium, vol. 26, 2008–2009, Pp. 171-220.

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