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Nurses’ Voices from Finland

Updated: May 18, 2021

Päivi Salminen

Marketing and Communication Manager

Salumedia Labs

From: Nurses of a residential care centre for the elderly in Finland

This is a story of nursing and nurses working in a residential care centre for the elderly in Finland based on a virtual coffee chat.

In general, nurses are valued but often not enough. In Finland nurses study at universities of applied sciences and nursing education is bachelor level. The same education is required for public health nurses, midwives, and paramedics. Completing the studies takes between 3.5 and 4.5 years and consists of 210-270 ECTS credits. After graduation, registered nurses can continue their education and pursue a master’s degree at academic or universities of applied sciences. [1, 2]

The work of nurses

People frequently fail to recognize the added skills and qualifications of nurses compared to assistant nurses. The study curricula differ slightly, and knowledge of various diseases and treatments is both deeper and wider. Do the general public value and respect nurses? It depends. The value varies depending on where you work; for example, nurses working in intensive care units or on-call are valued higher than nurses working in nursing homes or residential care centres for the elderly. However, hearing ‘thank you’ from patients and caregivers always warms nurses’ hearts.

In a residential care centre for the elderly, the nurses do the daily patient round with the doctor, order medication, evaluate the patients’ physical and mental capabilities bi-yearly, and provide general and medical care. They work together with assistant nurses, but nurses have an overall bigger responsibility. At residential care centres for the elderly, nurses also prepare and send out monthly invoices, so their work really covers a wide range of tasks.

To provide better care, would mean that the nurses would have more time to focus on the patient, their health status, medication, and so on. Cooperation with specialised nurses would also be beneficial for direct consultation, etc. from one nurse to the other. It would improve the quality of care.

The work of nurses in residential care centre for elderly

Nurses aim to care for the elderly for the remaining of their lives. They make every effort to care for all the needs on-site for avoiding unnecessary hospital transportations. Of course, in the case of a fracture, etc. this transportation would be required for better treatment.

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