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Professional practice, tutor teachers and tutor students

Dear reader, I am glad I finally found the time to write to you. I have been very busy lately; I am studying for the exams and going to courses and laboratories. From now in a week-and-a- half we have few exams we have to pass before we go for practice.

By the way, the first year practice period lasts for 7 weeks, and this year, started three weeks before Christmas and continues for another four weeks starting February. I am doing my first professional practice, which is primary care, in an Elderly house, a lovely place with lovely people living in, for certain periods of time. When you love Nursing profession as much as I love it, you cannot wait to go practice what you’ve studied and done in the laboratory. It is amazing to see that you can help people in need and they count on your skills and professionalism; they trust that you take good care of them.  I am a strong person, I am a mom and trust me, it isn’t easy but to me, the first week of the practice period was a shock. I saw Alzheimer diagnosed, helpless older people that needed assistance almost every moment of their lives, people with great professions such as, midwifes, daycare nurses, pilots, teachers, bank managers. Yet, they all needed help with day by day life and it broke my heart. I then knew I choose the right profession because I felt their need and I WANTED TO HELP THEM. In the moment I realized that, my motivation and determination to get to know more and more about how to help people become grater.  I feel so lucky I got accepted to the Nursing programme and I am so happy I have chosen JAMK and JAMK has chosen me because here, people care about us, about students. As I told you before, I had a rough week at the beginning of my first professional practice and I did not know what to do. Somehow, my tutor teacher and our programme manager heard about my struggle and they immediately contacted me and offered their help. It is amazing how supportive our teachers are and I could feel they were not “just doing their job”, they were really concerned about my situation. However, when my first practice period was over, I felt sorry I have to go to holidayJ. I loved that place and the kind of a support and knowledge I’ve gotten during the practice period was great.  My mentor, which is a registered nurse, showed and taught me every day something new; small things but huge as importance, she opened my eyes and made me see the beauty of the nursing profession, the passion that makes a simple professional, an excellent one.  I cannot wait to go back there.

In my first blog post I promised I’ll tell you more about tutoring in JAMK. Last summer, when I received the envelope that said I have been admitted to the JAMK – Degree Programme in Nursing, I received also a lot of information’s’ about how to proceed before the school starts, about the Student Union-JAMKO and student’s rights and discounts, information on the first week’s schedule.  However, shortly after the envelope arrived, I got an email from a second year nursing student at JAMK, telling that he is my tutor student and offering his help with anything that I needed. One of the most interesting parts of having own tutor student I that he/she will even wait for you at the railway station when arriving to Finland. It was not my care but many of my colleagues were waited when they entered the country, they were guided to their living places and helped in all possible ways. Once you got accepted to the Programme, you are not on your own anymore; you receive help from tutor students and tutor teachers.

Furthermore, tutor teachers are JAMK’s teachers but they take the responsibility of helping, advising, advocate, and counseling and support us in any cases we need. I remember my fears when starting the school and how I discussed about them with my tutor teacher; and I remember how he released my fears by discussing them one by one. I felt he cares about me and my fears; I felt I am an individual and not just a student part of a group. There is a big, experienced and dedicated team out there to help and support us, in all ways. They try to make our student life easier, they know how to enhance our success and diminish our failing.

Maybe is time to close today’s diary and go back to studyJ, what do you think? I will introduce you more details about JAMK – University of Applied Sciences – Degree Programme in Nursing, next time.


Bye, bye,


Conquering the Middle Earth.

© H. Kynsijärvi

© H. Kynsijärvi

Becoming a Mömmö requires moving to Jyväskylä (the city of grains), Finland, as MMM is a unique program. For some it might feel like an unbearable obstacle, as especially people living in the capital city area usually think that there is no life outside the Ring road III. I guess I have the right to say that, because I’ve been one of them. For almost all of my life I’ve been certain that I’d never move away from Helsinki (at least anywhere more north), but when it turned out that to be able to study Music and Media Management I would have to move to the Central Finland, there was really no choice. I also started thinking that it could be healthy to see something else for a change, and in the end, it’s only for a few years.

Jyväskylä is a great city to study in! Everything is near, but it’s still big enough not to cause anxiety for people who are used to a bigger territory. The lakes and nature are beautiful, and the city was actually built around the water system. JAMK University of Applied Sciences has three campuses in the city centre of Jyväskylä and one in Saarijärvi (65km north from Jyväskylä), where the agrologist students study. Jyväskylä has also its own university, so the city is filled with vibrant student life. There are a lot of cultural events, sporting possibilities and nightlife, so it’s for certain that you won’t get bored.

Also JAMK offers a bunch of things to do. You can become an international tutor, who helps the exchange students to settle in Jyväskylä and get them started with their studies. Another choice is to apply for degree tutoring, which means that you’ll tutor the new Mömmös. I’ve been both, and I can tell it’s a lot of fun, let alone you get credits for it! Check out what additional possibilities our student union JAMKO has.

@ H. Kynsijärvi

@ H. Kynsijärvi

If you’re interested in organizational activities, you take part in Sauma Ry. Sauma is the study field association for MMM, media design and fashion & clothing students, and its purpose is not only to organize cool events such as an annual cruise and a spring excursion, but also to make sure that the students get quality education and that their rights are not violated. Last year I was the publicist for Sauma, and now I’m a deputy member in the board. Again: beneficial and educational future-wise, but also having a superb time with awesome people. It also looks good in your CV, by the way ;).

I can say that I have enjoyed my time in Jyväskylä, JAMK and Mömmö family. It feels sad that this is my last spring here, but I’m trying not to think about it. I’ve made great friends who I hopefully get to work with in the future. Being a Mömmö is a privilege, I could say. It’s studying a interesting and developing industry, growing into expertise and actually loving it, meeting wonderful people and having a time of your life.

Wow, I think I got sidetracked as it’s not my last post (and the paragraph above sounds like it). However, let’s see what I come up with tomorrow!