Finnish Super Nurses Union criticizes decision to recruit nurses in the Philippines

Healthcare Staffing Solutions, a subsidiary of Mehiläinen, trains Filipino nurses in Hong Kong. This image was captured from their website. Image: Healthcare staffing solutions

Finland will need thousands of new nurses to meet legal staffing requirements coming into effect in 2023, so the country has started recruiting Filipino nurses to address its nursing shortage. But Finnish nurses union Super criticizes the move, saying Filipino nurses working as nursing aides in Finland risk being paid below their skill level. YLE reports.

As part of a pilot internship program to train nursing aides in Finnish retirement homes, fifteen Filipino nurses recently arrived in the Finnish town of Pirkanmaa after completing training at a school run by the recruitment agency. Finnish Healthcare Staffing Solutions Oy in the Philippines. .

The Filipino nurses learned Finnish during their training in the Philippines and will work in a unit of the private health care provider Pihlajalinna in Sastamala, about 60 km south of Tampere. Reija Puranen, a nurse in charge of mentoring Filipino students in the Pirkanmaa program, is extremely pleased with the energy and work ethic of Filipino nurses, and city manager Antti Lahti hopes the pilot will be a success so that ‘they can continue the program, writes YLE.

The Finnish Super Nurses Union is less optimistic about the program, however, and according to YLE the union has criticized the decision to recruit Filipino nurses saying nurses are trained as nursing assistants or nurses in their home country and that their lack of Finnish skills can relegate these nurses to work for less than their skill level as care assistants.

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