The Lohja Hospital is an important collaboration partner for Laurea.
For Laurea University of Applied Sciences, the Lohja Hospital is an important collaboration partner in western Uusimaa. The co-operation of the University of Applied Sciences and the hospital is close in placements, theses and common development projects.
The work that was done to secure the future of nursing education in Lohja describes the meaning of the close collaborative partnership of Lohja Hospital and Laurea very well, summarises Chief Nursing Officer Sinikka Mikkonen.
Sinikka Mikkonen has served as the chief nursing officer of the Lohja Hospital Area since September 2015. The Lohja Hospital Area is a part of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa. It serves especially the residents of Lohja, Karkkila, Vihti and Siuntio. The hospital area consists of the Lohja Hospital and the Paloniemi Hospital.
The staff of the Lohja Hospital consists of 700 people. In addition, employees of HUS Enterprises work there in office, catering, logistic, lab and imaging services among other duties. Furthermore, a new building to house most of the psychiatric services is currently under construction in the neighbourhood of Lohja Hospital; on the street Lohjan Sairaalatie. The building will be finished in 2018.
A wide developer network in the Lohja area
First of all, the collaboration with Laurea UAS has been important for the Lohja Hospital because it ensures that competent employers are available for the hospital in western Uusimaa. According to the Chief Nursing Officer Sinikka Mikkonen, the development of nursing and operation together by the hospital, the higher education institution and students is another key objective.
– Practical developmental work through theses and different kinds of projects is very valuable. Lately, the developmental work has focused very much on improving customer services, Chief Nursing Officer Mikkonen states.
The network of nursing developers in Lohja region has played a significant role in realising the developmental work. The network, which has operated already for approximately ten years, has representatives from the area’s primary health care, the city of Lohja and Karviainen, i.e. the areas of the city of Karkkila and the municipality of Vihti as well as education representatives from the Laurea University of Applied Sciences and the Western Uusimaa Municipal Training and Education Consortium Luksia.
– This network has done very good work, Sinikka Mikkonen says.
– Collaboration like this, which also includes primary health care, is even more valuable in the operating environment that will be changed by the Social services reform.
An example of the ideas of the nursing developer network is the collaboration that started last spring and in which students and staff participating in the network were trained in the use of indicators in nursing. In the collaboration, students familiarised themselves with the strategic nursing indicators used in HUS and then trained the staff in their use.
– These trainings were given very positive feedback and they will be continued also now during the autumn.
– The students brought in their own fresh point of view. On the other hand, the students, too, got a good introduction to the indicators that we use in HUS and are thus more prepared to work here.
In the spring the collaboration of the Lohja Hospital and Laurea was extended outside the caring industry as the bachelor students of Business Management participated in the development project of departmental secretary work.
“In the placement, we guide our future employees”
Chief Nursing Officer Sinikka Mikkonen herself has graduated as a registered nurse in 1986 and she started her career in the Jorvi Hospital. The long career in the present-day HUS took her to supervisory duties which led her to follow the nursing education closely for example from the point of view of recruiting.
– From the hospital’s point of view, we naturally expect staff that have good basic skills and ethical commitment to graduate from the University of Applied Sciences for the needs of working life, she summarises.
– The education in the University of Applied Sciences has raised the development and project working capabilities to an even bigger role than before. I find it positive because it brings more development and reformation oriented know-how to the working life.
Mikkonen also reminds that as the operating environment changes and as the services and outpatient clinic work develop, the skills requirements of registered nurses increase. The amount of independent work increases further and the importance of sharing multidisciplinary and own expertise will be emphasised.
Each practical placement period is very critical for a future nurse.
– A successful placement is most of all about mutual will, underlines Chief Nursing Officer Mikkonen.
– The students should have the will to learn and immerse themselves in work but the reception of the students in the work unit is also essential. How are they guided and treated and helped on their path towards an occupation?
Guiding students is a part of the job of every employee in the unit. However, there are always appointed placement supervisors who have put their minds to making the placement of each student a successful experience.
– When it comes to recruiting, we should always keep in mind that we guide our future employers in the placements. The instruction in the placement plays a very important role in the student's future.