jamk.fi
27 Apr 2016

Finnish nurse training to serve as the model for nursing education in Kazakhstan

The Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan has chosen JAMK University of Applied Sciences and Lahti University of Applied Sciences as its strategic partners for the development of nursing education in 2016–2019.

The Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan has chosen JAMK University of Applied Sciences and Lahti University of Applied Sciences as its strategic partners for the development of nursing education in 2016–2019.

One major strength of Finnish nurse training is that it has been implemented at universities of applied sciences for over 20 years, and it enables nurses to continue their studies up to a doctorate if they wish. Other strengths of the training include international comparability, its basis on scientific evidence, competence-based and practical curriculum and the high educational level of the teachers.

Finnish nurses have a very independent job description in the health service system. Finland is ahead of many countries that have only recently started paying attention to raising the educational level of nurses and expanding their independent job descriptions. These things have also been selected as goals in Kazakhstan.

A network of Finnish universities of applied sciences has been collaborating with the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan and Kazakhstan’s educational institutes since 2012. The development project, which is funded by the World Bank, has developed a nurse training curriculum that meets EU requirements, for example.

“The decisions made are highly significant for the nurses of Kazakhstan; we now know for certain that the nurse training, which has been developed together and meets international standards, will start this autumn at several educational institutes. The training will be expanded systematically to different educational institutes,” says Senior Advisor Johanna Heikkilä of JAMK, who is coordinating the collaboration.

The first goal set for the collaboration with Finnish partners was achieved when the Ministry made the decision to reorganise six Medical Colleges into Higher Medical Schools before the end of this year. Finnish experts participated in the evaluation of the Medical Colleges.

“This newly developed 18-month retraining and upgrading of qualifications offers nurses the opportunity to raise their educational level and enhance their career development. This type of degree involving the recognition of prior learning is something completely new in Kazakhstan,” says Principal Lecturer Hannele Tiittanen of Lahti University of Applied Sciences.

Further information:
Johanna Heikkilä, Senior Advisor, +359 40 848 8623, firstname.lastname@jamk.fi, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, School of Health and Social Studies

 

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