“Empathy is important”

Administering medication, measuring blood pressure and continually asking patients how they’re feeling: nurse Samed Qoshja has plenty to keep him busy in his job. Originally from Albania, he has been working at the Berliner Charité since 2017 – and Germany already feels almost like home to him.

Samed Qoshja …

… was born in 1993 in Albania. He studied nursing in his home country and then worked in intensive care. Before he was able to begin his work as a nurse at the Charité in Germany, he learnt the German language and medical vocabulary in a subject-specific course. He also had to sit four exams for his professional qualifications to be recognised. Samed Qoshja has been working at Charité Berlin as a nurse since January 2017, on the Benjamin Franklin Campus.

The Charité …

… is one of Europe’s largest university hospitals. There’s a shortage of nursing staff here, just like there is in the rest of Germany. Because of that, Charité Berlin started up a recruitment programme in 2016 to attract employees from abroad. In future, 60 new nursing staff are to come from Albania, Mexico and the Philippines every year.


There is a lack of skilled workers in Germany. Many people therefore come to Germany to work here. In which professions do they work? What does their working life look like? In the series "#MyJob" we introduce some of these people – and their everyday working life.