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Post by Riko » Mon Jul 14, 2003 6:44 am

I have a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing (BSN) and would like to know if Finland offers reciprocity. If not, where or who could I contact to find out the process for getting credentialed in Finland. I understand the importance of not only knowing Finnish but the dialaog specific to the career field and I'm working on that. In case anyone is interested, my g/f gave me a starter course which seems to be pretty good for beginners. It's called "From Start to Finnish A short course in Finnish" by Leila White.

- I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strangely, I am ungrateful to these teachers.



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Post by PeterF » Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:01 am

[quote="Riko" It's called "From Start to Finnish A short course in Finnish" by Leila White.
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Welcome to ISEAF from Alaska.
Sorry cant advise you on the nursing question but I am sure that when the others wake up on this loverly sunny Monday morning one of them will point you in the right direction. ie."where or who could you should contact to find out the process for getting credentialed in Finland"
However your book choice is probably the best up to date "BASIC" introduction to Finnish. But it is exactly that BASIC and an INTRODUCTION.
Visit our Kielikoulu for more info on the language.


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Post by PeterF » Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:11 am

I did find some information in English on nursing in Finland:
http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_mark ... _fi_en.pdf
You could also do a search using.
sairaanhoitja


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Post by Richard » Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:17 am

Peter Floyd wrote:You could also do a search using sairaanhoitja
But sairaanhoitaja may be better :wink:


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Post by PeterF » Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:22 am

Spelling before second coffee Monday mornings ..not at my best :oops:


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Post by Richard » Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:40 am

You or your girlfriend could have a look on tehy's website or contact them for advice. They are the biggest nursing union in Finland.

http://www.tehy.fi/english/index.html


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Post by Hank W. » Mon Jul 14, 2003 10:28 am

OK, well atleast now we're having someone who is not moving here for the climate...

Basically, before being accredited in Finland you'd need to take the "long way" i.e. enroll in a Finnish school of nursing and get your credits transferred. They do have courses specifically for that, and there is a need for nurses (all the Finnish nurses go to Norway and UK because of !"#¤% pay and no tenures).
Cheers, Hank W.
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Post by Richard » Mon Jul 14, 2003 2:18 pm

Hank W. wrote:..... and there is a need for nurses (all the Finnish nurses go to Norway and UK because of =)(/& pay and no tenures).
This is changing (Though maybe not the pay bit).
My wife took a nursing job in the UK about 5 years ago as there was
no work here for nurses. This is for historic reason's as about 50%
of all Finnish nurses were due to retire within 5 years of eachother.

So the Finnish government had to train more nurses than there were
jobs for, in the hope that as this mature nurses retired there would be
enough young qualified nurses ready to step in.

This has allready started to happen, and it is getting much easier to find
nursing work, but as is the way in Finland, occupations with a predominantly
female workforce tend to be rather difficult to get a full-time contract in.
It is not uncommon to find nurses here who worked for years in the same
place on 6 month contacts.


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Post by PeterF » Mon Jul 14, 2003 2:46 pm

Some thing makes me think the Riko is a Male nurse.
If that is true he could be in with a better chance.
In the recpetion of Marjo's hotel I over heard a conversation during week end between two medics in English (think there is a conference at Otaniemi).
One was obviously an orthopedic MD (broken bones specialist) he was moaning that good othopedic nurses who were stong enough and could handle leg /Back injury patients were as rare as reindeers eggs in Finland. Seems he had had several female nurse who had injured themselves. He was joking about offering Tony Halme a job. :roll:


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Post by Richard » Mon Jul 14, 2003 3:04 pm

Peter Floyd wrote:Some thing makes me think the Riko is a Male nurse.
If that is true he could be in with a better chance.
Very possible, Ulla recently bumped into a male nurse from Gran Canaria,
who she knew as a student 5-6 years ago, and he got a full-time contract
within 6 months of qualifying. Ulla said that there are so few male nurses
that it is definately easier for male nurses to find work.

His Finnish was very good though, but Riko has allready stated he's
aware of the need to speak reasonable finnish.


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Post by Hank W. » Mon Jul 14, 2003 3:39 pm

And what comes to applying to "predomionantly XXX-jobs" I was accepted to the nursing school with five extra points in 1990, as in girls got the same 2-5 extra points applying to something like slate welding. (No, I couldn't afford to attend, long story...) IIRC the secreterial college had same kind of 'affirmative action' thing. There are not so very many professions like this any more, but guys get a small edge for applying for 'traditionally female jobs' still.
Cheers, Hank W.
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Post by Riko » Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:16 pm

Yep I'm male, sorry about that. I know by looking at the Roo it wasn't very apparent. I'm looking forward to the balmy Finnish winters and no earthquakes. :wink:
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Post by laika » Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:48 pm

Hello everyone,

I thought I'd introduce myself as well. My name is Laura and I live in Helsinki and this 'registered male nurse Riko' is mine to be :D
Yes, I'm a Finn.

I stumbled upon this site few days ago and am already ready to bow eternally for Hank and all you others for all this information! Upeeta! Mahtavaa! Hienoa! Thanks everyone :)


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