Cross of merit: a great honour for Dr. Brigitte Osterbrink  

The Federal President of Germany Mr. Wulff has honoured FEND member Dr Brigitte Osterbrink with the Cross Of Merit for her great commitment dealing with knowledge transfer for patient-friendly and evidenced treatment for people with diabetes in Germany.

We extend warmest congratulations to Brigitte on this richly deserved presitgious award in recognition of her leadership and commitment to diabetes nursing in Germany. Brigitte has been a member of FEND since its foundation in 1995 and is a member of the Abstract committee for FEND conferences.

Photo Dr Brigitte Osterbrink

Dr Osterbrink started as a nurse and became further qualified as a diabetes specialist nurse (DSN) which was rare in the 1980s.

In 1990 she took over the School of  Nursing and other Health Professionals in Rheine. She focused very much in the training of diabetes nursing and enabled more than 3000 diabetes specialist nurses in Germany.

Since 2009 she is the President of the Rheine Academy for Health Professions(Nurses, DSNs, Physiotherapie, Clinical Nutrition, and others) She is also highly respected in Quality Management for the German Health Care Sector.