"Tunnistetaan ja mallinnetaan sairaanhoitajien liikuvuutta tukevia taitoja ja pätevyyksiä."
The Department of Health Care at Mikkelin ammattikorkeakoulu (Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences), Finland is profiled to lifelong learning by providing study opportunities for adult learners in nursing and public health nursing (district nurses) who want to deepen their expertise in the community care setting, nursing homes and hospitals. During the recent years Mikkelin ammattikorkeakoulu has together with Etelä-Savon sairaanhoitopiiri (South-Savo Nursing Distric Area) and Mikkeli Central hospital developed mentoring skills in nursing practice facilitating nurses to support students' personal learning process and professional growth.
The competence to support students internationationality and transcultural skills in nursing practice has not been under the systematic development process, thus central hospital has yearly international students and increasingly also patients as well as workers from different cultural background. There is lack nurses in whole Finland and also in the South Savo (Etelä-Savo) area. In the area there are refugees from Africa and Asia and migrants as well, from Eastern Europe, especially from Russia. Their problem is that their knowledge of languages (Finnish or English) is limited and their basic education is quite low. Some of them have already education in medicine or in nursing and they are potential workforce, if their skills and competences are updated and culturally modified.
This project facilitates nurses to work in multicultural context and support nursing students transcultural skills and competences in clinical settings. TranNSforM will enable Finnish nurses to develop the quality of multicultural mentoring in practice.
The continuing professional development from practical nurse to registered nurses is supported by Finnish ministry of education. The practical nurses who continue their studies in universities of applied sciences are very potential student group for intenational mobility if they are supervised and encouraged for this also in practical study periods from the beginning of their studies, since practical nurse education. That is why mentors (professionals in practice) have a key role to increase mobility and transcultural nursing skills and competency. This project will enable Finnish nurses also to participate in designing skills and knowledge framework which will help to facilitate a nationally recommended increased integration into EU healthcare workforce as part of their lifelong learning.
View the Finnish culture pack developed by the team (Powerpoint Presentation).