To be a nurse in Finland- “Here many become nurses to find a work early”

First I would like to say you: thank you very much for accepting to be interview! Questions:

1)      So, Hello! What year of study are you attending and where? Hey! I’m third year student from Finland: Pori, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences. At the moment I’m exchange for 6 months in London, Middlesex Uni.

2)      How do you become a nurse in Finland? To become nurse in Finland: AT first you have to apply or Uni, the second you have to get your way through to entrance test. The most suitable ones will pass the test and can study as a nurse. It takes 3,5 years to get qualification. In the school: the professors are mainly nurses or public health nurses with mastres of teaching but some of the lecturers are doctors. We don’t have that specializing thing anymore. (With the last practice you can kind of specialize but you have totally free hands when you go to working life.)

3)      Do you do any internship during your training? How does it work? We have all together 52 weeks of practice, (if I counted that right :D) different fields of nursing and splitted in smaller periods, 40 hours per week. What it comes to internship if you are lucky and get contract with the hospital you can get paid from your last practices but usually we don’t get paid. We have 2 mentors in practice with whom we are working with and we are making our off duty regarding their schedules. That means that we are training on bank holidays, weekends and nights as well.

4)      When you become a nurse, can you chose in which ward you want to work? We can choose any kind of wards from any kind of field of nursing.  

5)      How are floor organized in Finland? How many nurses and how many patients? It depends on the ward type how many patients there is for a nurse. In ICU there can be on only 2 patients per one nurse, but in mentally health unit there might be 6 patients per nurse… It depends so much on what kind of ward it is.

6)      How does the public opinion talk about nurses? Are they “well considered” or not? (by the way, in Italy they are not). There’s a lot of people that wants to become a nurse? I think public is respecting nurses quite well and most of the cases. But of course not as much as doctors 😀 There is still some people who are whining with everything…
I think that because of work more people want to study as nurse because when you get qualification you get job easily. Every year Unis have maximum amount of student nurses and many have to disappoint that they didn’t get study place. But I don’t have glue about numbers…:(

7)      How is the relationship with doctors? What I’ve seen the nurses do quite much of doctor’s work in Finland. And doctors counts on nurse’s opinion so there’s quite close relationship and mutual respect.

8)      Is there something you don’t like in your formative process?Can’t think of any right now

9)      Now you’re doing an internship here in London: how is it? It differs from Finland? Yep, Im doing 3 practices in here, not any studies… There is many differences in hospitals compering to Finland. I just mention main things. First of all mentor-student relationship is lot deeper in Finland and that was a little shock for me at first when I get here. I think in Finland the care of the patients is more patient orientated, more individual, more modern and more hygienic/aseptic than in England. When it comes to dealing with medications it’s different than in back home as well….

Thank you very much for your answers and hope it wasn’t’ so long!!

10 commenti to “To be a nurse in Finland- “Here many become nurses to find a work early””

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