Is nursing a competitive course in Finland?

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Sandyii
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Is nursing a competitive course in Finland?

Post by Sandyii » Wed May 17, 2017 2:05 pm

Like many other people on this forum I am interested in the nursing courses taught in English that are offered by some of Finland's universities of applied sciences. I would like to know how competitive these are in general, and which of them tend to be more competitive and which less so?



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Sandyii
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Re: Is nursing a competitive course in Finland?

Post by Sandyii » Thu May 18, 2017 2:46 pm

Anyone???

heretostay
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Re: Is nursing a competitive course in Finland?

Post by heretostay » Thu May 18, 2017 4:26 pm

Sandyii wrote:Anyone???
The capital region is generally most competitive, followed by larger cities, and programs in more rural areas typically least competitive.

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Re: Is nursing a competitive course in Finland?

Post by Sandyii » Mon May 22, 2017 11:07 pm

Does anyone have any info about these nursing courses' competitiveness in particular (or about nursing courses in Finland in general)?

biscayne
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Re: Is nursing a competitive course in Finland?

Post by biscayne » Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:09 am

As has been mentioned, the degrees leading to registration, in Finland, as a Registered Nurse are most competitive in the Helsinki region, followed by Tampere. It is easier to get a place on one of these programmes in the regions.

The courses are not "worse" or less good in any way in the regions, but many foreigners who want to become a Registered Nurse in Finland do this because they already live in Finland and probably in the cities, so they want to be near home.

If you just want to come to Finland to study nursing, it might be cheaper to live in one of the regional areas offering the course, but social life will be limited.

Often, you have to have a B1 level in Finnish anyway, because the clinical placements are in Finnish, and often, you have to find a clinical placement yourself which is an odd system.

Finally, there are jobs in nursing in Finland for foreigners, mainly in elderly care. That is where most foreigners are employed. That is why they want foreign nurses.

PS, the salary for nurses in Finland is pretty bad.


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