Two nursing lecturers from Finland have visited Aberdeen this week, in order to help foster closer links with academics from Robert Gordon University’s school of nursing and midwifery.
Arja Oikarinen and Sari Pyykkonen, from Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (KAMK), have spent three days observing Scottish nursing education and discussing further partnership opportunities.
“There is so much we can learn from comparing primary healthcare in Scotland and Finland”
The visit also involved spending time at North East clinical practice areas and participating in a number of cultural activities to enhance their knowledge of Aberdeen.
The team met with a former KAMK student, Heini Kilpelinen, who completed an exchange with Robert Gordon in April 2017 and has just begun working full-time at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Ms Oikarinen said: “Our primary goal has been to learn about nursing education in Scotland and to observe and shadow the teaching of clinical skills to students.”
The two universities have maintained an exchange partnership for over 20 years, which has seen students and staff across a variety of subjects spend semesters abroad.
The partnership allows students from both institutions to improve their employability skills, independence and flexibility, while developing a new cultural awareness, said the Scottish university.
“Our primary goal has been to learn about nursing education in Scotland”
Carol Jackson, lecturer and international exchanges co-ordinator at Robert Gordon’s nursing school, said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome our Finnish colleagues to the university and to demonstrate the excellent facilities and innovative teaching that our students benefit from.
“There is so much we can learn from comparing primary healthcare in Scotland and Finland, and while it will immediately improve the training we provide to students, in the end it is their future patients that will benefit from this collaboration,” she added.