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Despre Finlanda, Jyväskylä, JAMK-Facultatea de Stiinte Aplicate – Programul Asistent Medical Diplomat

 

Buna,

Ma numesc Gabriela-Paula Tataru, sunt din Romania,sunt Licentiata in Drept si sunt studenta la JAMK-Facultatea de Stiinte Aplicate – Programul Asistent Medical Diplomat in Jyväskylä, Finlanda . Am 37 de ani impliniti, sunt mama a doi copii si sunt un bun exemplu cand vine vorba de ambitie. Se spune ca viata de student este pentru cei tineri, insa vedeti, nu mai sunt atat de tanara si totusi sunt studenta la zi, in primul an. Pasiunea si daruirea pentru profesia de asistent medical m-au facut sa vad viitorul in culori frumoase. M-am vazut practicand meseria care mi-e atat de draga si asta mi-a dat puterea de a merge mai departe. Daca in adancul sufletului gasesti dragostea pentru profesie, atunci totul este posibil.

In continuare, as dori sa spun cateva cuvinte despre motivele pentru care am ales Finlanda pentru a studia si  Jyväskylä JAMK-Facultatea de Stiinte Aplicate – Programul Asistent Medical Diplomat.

Am ales Finlanda pentru faptul ca am reusit sa ma identific cu valorile si principiile respectate de finlandezi, ca de exemplu, onestia, egalitatea, respectul pentru oameni si respectul pentru munca, respectul pentru mediul inconjurator, siguranta, sistemul social foarte bine organizat si unul dintre cele mai performante sisteme de invatamant din lume. Mai trebuie de stiut ca Finlanda este o tara extrem de favorabila familiilor cu copii, deci daca vrei sa iti intemeiezi o familie in Finlanda sau sa te muti in Finlanda cu familia deja formata, ai numai de castigat. Drepturile omului, ale familiei si ale copilului sunt foarte bine definite si respectate iar beneficiile sunt pe masura.

Finlanda este o tara foarte curata si la propriu si la figurat, este o tara in care traiul este usor iar strainii sunt bine primiti. Daca cineva iti spune „in Finlanda este frig”, trebuie sa crezi ca este foarte frig, IARNA, insa verile sunt minunate, cu temperaturi care iti permit sa te bucuri de soare si natura, de inot si pesuit.  Numita si „Tara celor o mie de lacuri”, care in realitate sunt cam 200.000 la numar, Finlanda are nenumarate locuri de relaxare unde poti practica diferite activitati, incepand cu schiul, patinajul, pescuitul, cataratul pe munte, inotul si terminand cu sporturile extreme.

De ce ai alege Finlanda pentru studiu? In afara de faptul ca Finlanda are unul dintre cele mai performante sisteme de invatamant din lume, invatamantul superior este gratuit,  sistemul de sanatate si social al studentilor este foarte bine organizat si functioneaza fara defecte, locuintele studentesti sunt de foarte buna calitate, adecvate ca pret buzunarului studentului si suficiente ca numar pentru a oferi cazare tuturor studentilor care vin din strainatate, mancare la pret foarte bun oferita la cantinele studentesti si nenumarate alte reduceri la diferite produse si servicii, toate oferite pe cardul de student. In plus, la inceputul anului universitar , in mod special studentii straini, au fost ajutati de catre Universitate prin intermediul diferitelor cursuri introductive, cu informatii privint viata de student in Finlanda, Jyväskylä, JAMK, viata din afara orelor de invatamant si multe alte informatii foarte folositoare pentru cei abia sositi. Pe langa toate acestea, la inceputul anului trecut, studentii au mai avut parte de o surpriza placuta in momentul in care profesorii Universitatii au colectat diferite articole necesare oricarei case, cum ar fi piese de mobilier, lenjerii de pat, tacamuri, farfurii, tv, filtre de cafea etc., si le-au depozitat intr-o camera de unde studentii au ales cele trebuincioase.

JAMK-Facultatea de Stiinte Aplicate – Programul Asistent Medical Diplomat este unul dintre cele mai bune programe de acest gen din Finlanda. Facultatea este situata in centrul orasului Jyväskylä, un oras curat si situat strategic. Jyväskylä este un oras tipic Finlandez, mai putin afectat de internationalizare decat Helsinki, de exemplu. Oamenii sunt foarte prietenosi, bine intentionati si relaxati. Pentru mine,  Jyväskylä reprezinta un loc de refugiu, un loc placut si linistit, un loc in care imi pot asculta gandurile in liniste iar in acest moment, reprezinta casa mea. 

Revenind la JAMK-Facultatea de Stiinte Aplicate – Programul Asistent Medical Diplomat, e bine de stiut ca pogramul dureaza intre 3,5 si 4,5 ani si se imparte intre cursuri, practica in laborator si  practica in diferite centre de sanatate, spitale, case de batrani. Curricula programului este foarte bine distribuita pe ani si perfect organizata si sincronizata.  De exemplu, de fiecare data cand ni se preda o procedura noua la curs (injectii, semne vitale), urmatoarea saptamana o practicam in laborator. Laboratoarele sunt foarte bine echipate si dotate, profesorii sunt excelenti iar studentii sunt asigurati medical de catre universitate, deci, totul are acoperireJ. In plus, perioada de practica reprezinta, ca durata, o treime din toata perioada de studiu. Structura anilor universitari si curricula sunt atat de bine gandite  si planuite  incat, dupa absolvire, viitorul asistent medical diplomat poate munci independent si stapaneste cu excelenta toate procedurile si teoria necesare pentru a obtine un loc de munca. De fapt, sunt multi studenti in ultimul an, care au deja un loc de munca, cu jumatate de norma.

Daca nu te-am convins sa vii sa studiezi in Finlanda, JAMK-Facultatea de Stiinte Aplicate – Programul Asistent Medical Diplomat, daca nu te-am convins sa vii sa locuiesti in Finlanda, atunci macar vino sa vizitezi o tara care are multe de oferit.

 

Iti doresc o zi buna!

 

Paula

Finland has its unique charm

Beginning with long, cold winters and finishing with the longest daylight time I have ever experienced, Finland has a unique charm. For those of you who have never seen aurora borealis, Finland it’s the best place to see it. It is just amazing how the sky becomes a dance stage where the dancers are the colors. The way they are waiting for Santa by lighting his way with candles…

Waiting for Santa:)

  

 

The new year at -28:)

 The best way of all during the long winter is sauna. Don’t get me wrong; once you are in Finland, sauna becomes a part of your life regardless the season. People in Finland relax, socialize, discuss business or just empty their minds in sauna. What does it feel like to cool down with snow after sauna? You go to sauna, heat yourself well in a +80 – 90°C temperature, and then roll on in the snow to cool-off. God, you feel like thousands of small needles pinch all over your body. I, personally, love the combination of sauna and snow.

The beauty of the unspoiled forests and thousands of islands and lakes, Finn’s unique way of celebrating mid-summer and the perfect nature made me want to be a part of this, to bring my contribution, somehow, to the one of the most honest and beautiful country. When you get to live here, to see the way people respect nature, their honesty and sincerity, the way they treat other people, you only feel you want to give something back.

The Mid-summer fire

 

 Wonderful, pure lake

Summer cottage 

Picture yourself fishing on this lake.

 

Just Summer

 

I think Finland makes people better and that makes perfect sense; think about somebody doing something that makes you feel better, you feel you want to return the good that you got by doing something positive. I think this is the way Finland works; this country has so much to offer that one cannot turn by doing something bad. I am addicted to Finland because I have gotten here more than I could dream of; I am a better person only by living in this country.

Dear reader, come to Finland with an open mind and heart, respect the country and the country will respect you, be honest and ask for help when you don’t know what to do and the answers will come to you. Come and try yourself the student life here, do not only be the reader of what’s like to be a student in Finland. It is easy, easy to study, easy to enjoy and easy to live here. Make the best choice of your life and come to Finland, come to visit and you will only have good memories, come to study and you will only have best of education, come to live and you will only have best of life.

See you,

Paula

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,

Paula

About Finland, Jyväskylä, JAMK- University of Applied Sciences – Nursing Programme

Hello,

My name is Paula Tataru, coming from Romania, I have a Bachelor Degree in Laws and I am studying Nursing at JAMK University of Applied Sciences – Jyväskylä. The facts that I am going to describe during my blogging period will be facts that had been written and over written. However, I will add my own experiences and thoughts to help you make a conclusion over Finland, education in Finland and JAMK – University of Applied Sciences. The reason why we, all bloggers, write about the same subjects is for you, dear reader, to see and hear different points of view, to understand how wonderful is to study in Finland and Nursing in JAMK and how something that you truly like makes you see the boundaries easier to pass.

I am 37 years old, mother of two small children, and I am all the time crossing the boundaries; they say the student life is for youngsters and as you see, I am not that young anymore. My dedication and love for the Nursing profession made me see myself a nurse already. I can see myself helping people, enjoying my work and that is what keeps me going. If you find love for the profession deep inside your heart, you will find a way to make it happen.

I will now tell you in my words why I choose Finland as country, Finland as educational system and JAMK Jyväskylä – Nursing programme.

Why Finland? I choose Finland as acountry to to live because I identified myself and my principles with main values that Finnish people have and respect, such us honesty, equality, respect for people, respect for work and profession, respect for environment, safety, good social system and not the least, one of the best educational systems in the world. Finland is a very clean country, both, literally and figuratively, it is a country easy to live in, if you respect it and its people, it is very easy to assimilate and identify with. Since living in Finland I feel I do not need to go abroad to relax, this country is like a resort, you find here everything that you need in order to relax. If someone tells you “is cold in Finland”, you must believe it is cold, in the winter, but summers are very beautiful, actually they are perfect, with temperatures that allow you to have fun and relas wherever you go. There are multiple places to relax as you should know in Finland there are over 100.000 lakes. In Finland you can ski, skate, fish, climb, swim, do extreme sports or just drink a cold drink, lying in the sun. Nevertheless, if you intend to spend the rest of your life in Finland, to found a family here, you should know the human, family and children’s rights are very well respected and benefits are more than enough in order to live a decent life.

Now, dear reader, I will upload some pictures of Finland.

Finland in summer

 Fishing on the lake where the water is so clean that you can drink it straight from the lake. 

One of the most beautiful resorts near Jyväskylä called “Peurunka”

       

Why to study in Finland? Well, beside the fact that Finland possesses one of the best educational systems in the world, in Finland we have free education, a perfect student social and health care system, perfect organized, sufficient as number and cheap student housing, cheap student meals and many other discounts on a student card. Furthermore, at the beginning of the university year, especially foreign students have been helped by the University to begin their life here by offering special courses to introduce Finnish culture and values, Jyväskylä as a student city and as a free time activity and JAMK-University of Applied Sciences. Furthermore, foreign students learn about all the necessary information on the student’s rights, health and welfare system, and educational system through the same courses held at the beginning of the University year. In addition, teachers decided that it would be nice to do something for the new student, therefore they offered, free of charge, many of the necessary items in every house, for example: bed linen, plates, cutlery, coffee makers and even some furniture pieces.                                  

JAMK Cantine for students and teachers where the meals are cheap and very good!!

 JAMK Cantine for students and teachers

 JAMK- University of Applied Sciences, Degree Programme in Nursing, is one of the best of its kind in Finland. The University is situated down town of Jyväskylä, a wonderful, strategically situated, clean and fresh town in Finland.  You will ask me: why Jyväskylä and not Hesinki? I will give you my point of view, as I have lived in Helsinki area for more than 6 years. Jyväskylä area is pure typical Finnish town, less untainted by the foreign development. I find people in Jyväskylä more willing to carry a conversation with their fellows and more friendly and relaxed than people living in Helsinki. Helsinki area is a place where everybody hurries somewhere on a constant base, where people forget to smile to a child. To me, Jyväskylä represents a refugee, a peaceful and calm place where I can really hear my thoughts and enjoy my life whatever I do and wherever I go.  Another reason to choose Jyväskylä is because life is cheaper than in the Helsinki area and more reasonable for students.

 Going back to JAMK – Degree Programme in Nursing, it is good to know that it lasts 3,5-to-4,5-years and it is divided in courses, laboratory skills and practical training. However, even thought I knew a lot about the educational system in Finland before I started the school, I was amazed by the way the curricula were organized. For example, every time we studied some procedure in the classrooms (vital signs, injections) we practiced them in the laboratory just to learn how they feel on our own skins or using the model dolls. The laboratory is very well equipped, teachers are of the best and every student is protected by an accident insurance provided by JAMK, in case of any incidents. On top of all the courses and laboratory practice, one third of the study period is represented by the practical trainings carried out in the hospitals, health-care centers, and elderly homes. The studies structure in JAMK is so good and wisely chosen that by the graduation time, the future registered nurse can work independently and has all the necessary practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed in order to obtain a job. Actually, there are nursing students that consider taking a part time job already on their last study year.

Some example from the laboratory:).  Drawing blood from the capilaries is funny!!!

 And OUCH!!!

 Now, dear reader, I hope you got some idea about how wonderful is to study Nursing in Finland at JAMK-University of Applied Sciences. In couple of days, I will provide you with more information on day by day life at school and the way students are supported by the tutor teachers and tutor students during their studies.

See you!

Why Finland, why Nursing in Jyväskylä?

There are some unusual facts that make this country all the more unique. When most people think of Finland, they think of cold weather, Nokia phones, the Arctic Circle, Santa Claus, ski resorts, snowmobiling, reindeer rides, and husky farm visits.

And, of course, having  saunas and  then run naked into an icy lake. Then back in the sauna, maybe roll around in the snow for a while, then back to the sauna again. Then grill some sausages in the fireplace. And get drunk on beer or vodka. Finlandia vodka, of course.

In the sauna everyone is equal. Maybe that is why equality and democracy are so important in Finland. There is a great deal of equality between the sexes – more than 40% of the Members of Parliament are women. The same Finnish word is used for both “he” and “she”. Finland is a Western democracy, with a President elected for a 6-year term (with a maximum of two terms). The year 2006 was  the 100th anniversary of universal and equal political rights in Finland. The year 1906 represents an important milestone for women’s social and political participation. Finland was then the first country in the world where women could fully exercise their voting rights and eligibility to stand for elective office. Altogether nineteen female  were elected to Parliament in 1907. And in the year 2006 Finland’s President Tarja Halonen has been elected for a second term. Finland is one of the few countries  in the world which has a woman president of the country.

In recent studies,  Finnish students topped the list on rigorous educational standards. This is due to the fact that the country places an emphasis on the fundamentals as well as higher education, expects a fluency in at least two languages, and focuses on a less stressful work environment for students.

Finland is credible:  is known as a safe country with well-developed infrastructure, good service and high technology. Finland is really into the future, one of the leading countries in Europe when it comes to technology; in fact, it is the home of Linux, Nokia, and other phone-related items.

Finland is contrasting. Located between East and West, with cold, dark winters and warm, light-filled summers, Finland offers many fascinating contrasts.

Finland has it all – snowy winters, pleasantly warm summers and colourful spring and autumn.

 

Lapland is the most snow guaranteed place in the Europe.

Not only the climate but also Finns are considered to be cool – a bit quiet and reserved. But they are actually warm, friendly, hospitable and especially honest people.

Finland is know as the land of the thousand lakes, but  there are actually over 188.000 lakes with 180.000 islands and about 2 million saunas., while the population is 5.3 millions.

Jyväskylä is considered Human Tech Center of Finland and focus on well-being and the environment. This simply means that the city of Jyväskylä puts its faith in human-centered planning, the people`s opinion are heard are involved in planning processes. The humaneness in urban architecture meas that the development of the city is brought close to  people, is something to be looked at, something to be lived in.

The Jyväskylä region is easily reached by land and air: the distance of 270 kilometers from Helsinki takes only 35 minutes by plane and some 3 hours by car or by rail.

Jyväskylä is easy to reach and simple to move around in. It is a very compact town. In Jyväskylä and its immediate surroundings you can enjoy the beautiful Finnish nature as well as the activities of a lively urban centre.

Finland’s second largest lake, Päijänne, located in Jyväskylä is highly popular for boating and pleasure cruising.

The city is constantly on the go, since all four seasons of the year are full of activity. You can enjoy the city as a modern urban area, as a lively arena for events or a cultural stage with a long, proud history.

Jyväskylä is a city of education: everyfourth passer-by is a school goer or a student in Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä is a school and university city with 47 000 students during the academic year.

Jyväskylä is home for a large variety of cultural activities such as concerts, festivals, museums and theaters.

Jyväskylä is one of Finland’s centres of growth, the second most important fair city in Finland, a city of skills, competences, innovations and creativeness.

A city of sports. Jyväskylä has a wide range of possibilities for those keen on excising and sports. There are approximately 450 sports venues and 200 local sports clubs in Jyväskylä.

 

And even when you drive and outside is -32C you can see throught icy windows of your car someone biking.

 

In the winter you can ski on the lake in town, no need to find a special ski resort.

In April 2012 Jyväskylä will host the World Indoor Champpionship for masters athletes. The host city status granted by World Masters Athletics indicates that the city is held in high regard as an organizer of major sporting events.

Finland s only Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences is in Jyväskylä.

Jyväskylä  is a city of light.Light is much more than lighting.

During dark hours, light creates pleasant atmosphere and safety into the city. Light makes people feel, experience and excited. It emphasizes the city architecture, and lets people see their environment in a new way.
Jyväskylä is safe and pleasant to live in. The landscape of Jyväskylä is varied with lakes, forests and hills within a walking distance of the city centre.

It is cosy and international, youthful and innovative at the same time.

 

Thanks to the short distances and the lively urban centre, Jyväskylä is a “little big city” where all the services, shops, schools and work are close at hand.

Jyväskylä is the city of the world famous architect Alvar Aalto. He lived and attended school in Jyväskylä. The City of Jyväskylä has some thirty buildings designed by him, more than any other city in the world. Jyväskylä has a strong architectural profile. Welcome to Jyväskylä!

Nursing in Jyväskylä is one of the cornerstone of educational system and working environment. Jyväskylä  was granted with Award for Excellent International Activity 2011 after, with a notable open-mindedness City of Jyväskylä, and the City’s Service Centres started an educational joint project with the JAMK University of Applied Sciences in 2010. In this project were employed several foreign workers, apprentices, interns and stand-ins in different Service Centres over the years. Also twenty foreign students have participated in the project in which a Finnish nursing/midwife/public health nursing student is paired up with a foreign nursing/midwife/public health nursing student in international training and assigned to an elderly person with whom they take part in various events and outdoor activities.

Jyväskylä is looking into the future when it comes about student welfare. Students have access to newest technology and good facilities in school.

You can study and practice in small groups

 

Teachers are your equal and as a student you can call your teacher by his/her first name.

You can have fun in practicing in the laboratory classes, where you can find all equipment  from any treatment room from hospital

Studying  nursing in Jyväskylä you become professional,  can be relax, you can easily balance studies and leisure, you can be involved in new models of studying which focus on individual learning methods and study support technology and where eServives provide increased flexibility.

And in the end, but not the last, Finnish students in International Degree Programme in Nursing are very nice and  hospitalier. They would introduce you to Finnish homes, culture, society.

Welcome to  Finland..

Welcome studying Nursing in Jyväskylä!

See you in Jyväskylä! Monica

 p.s. I have done my part of blogging for Jamk Students Diary.  I hope you have found it interesting and educating, and you have got to know more about Finland, Jyväskylä and Nursing education as well as nursing profession.

I am over and out, Paula will take my shift.  d.s

 

 

 

 

 

Why be a nurse

Because  is a great profession, very much in demand today. Because is a rewarding  job- there are few jobs out there that are as rewarding as being a nurse. Each day you will have a lasting impact on patients’ lives, and you might have the opportunity to save someone’s life. There is no reward greater than that.

As a nurse, you can take your skills wherever you want to go, around a country or around the world.

Nurses have job security: nurses have one of  the most secure jobs you can have. While a factory worker might get laid off, hospitals can’t afford to fire nurses.  There will always be sick and diseased people in the world and the job can’t be sent off-shore.

As a nurse you can have variety: hospital, clinics,home care, community and public health agencies,independent practice,ambulatory care centers, Public Health Service, military services (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines),Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers,extended care centers,clinics,offices,schools,corporations,health-related industries, hospice,occupational settings and health and wellness center. Anywhere that people need health care services

As a nurse you can have flexible schedule: if you want to avoid the typical 8 hours workday  nursing provides very flexible schedules.  If you want to work in shifts, hospitals need nurses 24/7.

Nurse job opportunities are expanding  all the time; physicians are spending less and less time with the patients resulting with a bigger role for nurses. Nurses are now providing more direct care to patients than ever.

Nursing serves as a platform- if you want to become a doctor  nursing serve as a great stepping stone for your medical career. Having a nursing background will look great on resumes and help you find a job much easier.

As a nurse you can have great income.

So there are plenty of reasons to become a nurse.  If you think you’d love it, jump in… don’t let any obstacles stand in your way.  Nursing is hard work though.  You need to be giving 100% of the time.  You often don’t get credit for healthcare successes.  But you help people.  You touch souls and change lives.  Why not jump on in and make a difference?

 

Bachelor of Health Care

A  Bachelor of Health Care is a Registered Nurse. A register nurse qualification will gives you a range of professional and technical skills.  You will be given the ability to function effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and to support and advise patients and their families.

During your studying you work with people of all age groups, cultures and ethnic origins in a variety of settings. This allows you to develop excellent written and oral communication skills. You also learn to act as an advocate for others.

If you complete a bachelor’s degree you receive more training in areas such as communication, leadership, and critical thinking, all of which are becoming more important as nursing practice becomes more complex. Bachelor’s degree program offer more clinical experience in nonhospital settings. A bachelor’s or higher degree is often necessary for administrative positions, research, consulting, and teaching.

Nursing degree courses  provides you with additional transferable skills and personal qualities sought by employers in a range of sectors. These include:

  • flexibility;
  • adaptability;
  • empathy;
  • organisation and time management;
  • leadership;
  • determination and tenacity;
  • the ability to conduct research.

To be able to complete an international Bachelor of  Health Care in Finland you should have

  • good English skills – the nursing program is conducted in English
  • to have the ability to plan actively your studies – Studies in a University of Applied Sciences are practically oriented; studies are based on a personal study plan They allow and also require self-directed learning readiness.
  • to have good social skills ( you will be providing care for people of all ages and backgrounds; you should be able to put people at their ease, gain their confidence and deal sympathetically with their problems and fears)
  • to have interest in co-operation with other people

As a nurse you will develop:

  • Good communication and observation: – those are crucial to good nursing. You need to be a good at listening as well as talking and you have to be constantly alert to changes in patients’ conditions and the implications in terms of care.
  • Ability to answer questions and offer advice: – nurses are the most frequent point of contact for patients, so you must be able to answer their questions, share your knowledge and skills with patients, their families and friends and make sure their needs are recognised by the rest of the care team.
  • Happy to work as part of a team: – As a nurse you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team that includes doctors, physiotherapists, anaesthetists, pharmacists, dietitians and many more. You need to how all these different people work together.
  • Dealing with emotionally charged situations: – nursing can sometimes involve managing distress. You’ll play a key part in helping patients and families come through their crises.

As a nurse you will be a listener, a manager, and a knowledgeable skilled professional.

Overall job opportunities for nurses are expected to be excellent, but may vary by employment and geographic setting.

Nursing international students being merry

During the weeks preceding Christmas, Finland seems overrun by party fever. This phenomenon is called the pikkujoulu (pre-Christmas party) season.

The roots of the Finnish pre-Christmas party go back to celebrations of Advent during the 1800s. In the 1920s and ’30s students turned these celebrations into parties, and after the Second World War, the pre-Christmas party started catching on with the general population. Nowadays, almost every company, business, organisation and club, daycare, school holds its own pikkujoulu. The word means “little Christmas,” implying a head start on the holiday season.

It will always include non-spiked mulled wine, called glögi, gingerbread cookies and sandwiches, and last only a couple of hours, the simplest form. The most extravagant pikkujoulu might take place on a cruise to Sweden with cabins, meals, drinks and sightseeing all included. However, the average party is somewhere in between, depending on the budget. Many will go to several or even a dozen different parties: some to socialise with colleagues, others to celebrate with friends and still others to network.

Mulled wine variations of which are popular in Europe, is wine usually red, combined with spices and typically served warm. It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas.

Non-alcoholic glögi can be bought ready-made or prepared with fruit juices instead of wine. The main classic ingredients are (usually) red  wine  sugar, spices such as cinnamon, ginger, bitter orange,  and optionally also stronger spirits such as vodka orbrandy. In all Scandinavia glögg spice extract and ready-mixed spices can be purchased in grocery stores. To prepare glögg, spices and/or spice extract are mixed into the wine, which is then heated to 60-70 °C. When preparing home-made glögg using spices, the hot mixture is allowed to infuse for at least an hour, often longer, and then reheated before serving.

In Romania it is called vin fiert (“boiled wine”), and can be made using either red or white wine, sometimes adding sugar and  cinnamon. Everything is boiled and served hot.

International nursing students were introduced also to Nordic Christmas tradition. Our teachers welcomed us with a warm glass of glögi and a oficial speach.

Then, because we were behaving nicely, and were doing great in our studies, Joulu Pukki- Santa Clauss was paying us a visit

And, of course, our teachers, were not forgotten

Our pikkujoulu continue in a very nice atmosphere, with teachers  singing Finnish carols

After that it was students turn to sing..

and teachers to enjoy..

International Nursing Students as well as international Santa Claus wish to everybody Merry Christmas!

Safe Patient Handling introduction

Among our first lessons at the beginning of the nursing studies was  ergonomics.Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker. Ergonomics involves designing equipment and work tasks to conform to the capability of the worker.

Nursing is associated with high rates of musculoskeletal disorders from patient handling. Injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are common in nurses and are often caused by lifting and moving patients. This is more than just an inconvenience, injuries are often life altering and career ending.

To help prevent nurse back injuries from moving patients, there are special  practice on safe handling  and   lifting patient.

In order to establish a safe environment for nurses and patient there are actions and policies that result in the elimination of manual patient handling, including best practices for lifting patients, and usage of  lifting devices.

Muskuloskeletal  injuries account for one-third of all work-related injuries reported to the Bureau of Labor each year, and are the most prevalent and most expensive of all occupational injuries.

Injury prevention efforts focused on manual lifting  and repositioning methods.

Ergonomic injuries affect more  than 12 out of 100 hospital nurses and more than 17 out of 100 nurses working in nursing homes. Nurses are more at risk than construction laborers to sustain work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Providing a safer and morecomfortable work environment can also result in additional benefits to nurses as well as clients:

•reduced nurse turnover and associated training and administrative costs

•increased productivity

•improved employee morale

•increased client comfort

Ethics and Values in Nursing-basic definitions

People develop ethically just as they do physically, emotionally and spiritually. A nurse´s ethics grow from personal values. A nurse guided by an ethic of care  will be sympathetic and able to take action on behalf of another. Professional nurses have a commitment to clients, the profession and society to provide  high-quality health care. To understand the nature of nursing ethics begins with the concept of professionalism

To be professional:  to acquire specific skills and then agree to practice those skills in accordance with standards that a community of practitioners agrees to uphold.

Ethics: refers to study of philosophical ideals of right and wrong behaviour.

Value: personal belief about the worth of a given  idea, attitude, custom, or object that sets standards and influence behavior.

Moral: a judgement about behavior

Bioethics: the study of ethics within the field of healht care.

Code of Ethics: a set of ethical principles that are generally accepted by all members of a profession.

The code of ethics gives ethical guidance and establishes norms of  behavior. Codes also serves as guidelines to assist nurses when conflict or disagreement arises about  correct practice or behavior.

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