Developing the nursing education in Kazakhstan
Finnish nursing education’s strength lies in the fact that it has already 20 years’ experience in a level of higher education, and nurses have the opportunity to continue their studies up to the doctorate level. Other strengths of Finnish nursing education are its international comparability, strong evidence based approach, competence-based and practice-oriented curriculum, as well as teachers' high level of education.
Finnish nurses have an independent role on the health care service system. In Finland the nursing education is step ahead of many other European countries, which only in recent years have begun to pay attention for upgrading the level of nursing education, which is also the aim in Kazakhstan.
The programme offers nurses the opportunity to upgrade their current level of education, and the possibility for the career development.
A network of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences has been working in cooperation with the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development of Kazakhstan since 2012. Developing the nursing education in Kazakhstan started in the World Bank-funded project, where the education was upgraded to fulfill the European Union requirements for the nursing education.
- These decisions are important for Kazakhstan nurses, because now it is certain that the nursing education that meets the international standards is starting in several medical colleges in autumn, and training will be expanded in various other medical institutions later on as planed, coordinating expert Johanna Heikkilä from the Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences says.
The first aim of the development process was reached, as the Ministry made the decision of six Medical Colleges to be re-organized as the Higher Medical schools before the end of this year. Finnish experts participated in the Medical Colleges’ evaluation process.
- The newly developed 1.5-year fast trajectory programme offers nurses the opportunity to upgrade their current level of education, and the possibility for the career development. Such shorter programmes, which are based on the recognition of prior learning, are completely new in Kazakhstan, Principal Lecturer Hannele Tiittanen from Lahti University of Applied Sciences says.