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Friday, June 17, 2011

Filipino Nurses Receive their Finnish Nursing Degrees

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On Thursday, they and 14 Philippine nurses working at surgical wards of the Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH) will graduate as nurses from the Laurea University of Applied Sciences.

In fact, the nurses will be doubly qualified, for they all already have a nursing degree from their home country. Now they are also completing the Finnish university of applied sciences nursing degree programme.

“Normally this is a three-and-a-half-year degree, but we have completed it in a year, and also learned the language in the process”, Torres explains.

Combining work and studies has not exactly been easy, however. The students have had clinical onsite training four days a week. On Tuesdays and Saturdays they have been in school. In addition, they have had their fair share of homework. Sunday has been the only day off.

At times the students have been so tired in the morning that they have found it hard to get out of the bed. Fortunately the roommate has been there to provide support and motivation. In this respect the Finnish colleagues have also been of help.


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