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15.6.2023 Canada, here we come!

Our student members Maria Malmgren and Siina Kuusela, along with Jessica Hellqvist from the Sjuksköterskeföreningen i Finland, are heading to the ICN Congress in Montreal and the Student Assembly event in late June to early July. The students will take over our social media channels during the event.

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What are the topics of discussion when nursing students from around the world come together?

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For the first time ever, we provided our student members with the possibility of attending the ICN world congress, this time in Montreal, and the Student Assembly preceding the actual event.

We received 79 excellent applications. Out of all those the ones that stood out were from Maria and Siina. We believe it is important to include our student members in international networking and the international nursing community from the beginning.

9.12.2022 Finnish Nurses Association has a new Executive Director and President

From 2023 onwards, the Finnish Nurses Association will be led in a spirit of cooperation by an Executive Director and a President. The co-governing model of leadership is new to the association.

Anne Pauna, Executive Director
Anne Pauna, Executive Director
Heljä Lundgren-Laine, President

At the end of October 2022, Anne Pauna was recruited Executive Director of the association. She is a Registered Nurse, Paramedic and holds a Masters of Health Care degree in Global Health and Crisis Management. The Executive Director will head the day-to-day operations and administration as a salaried employee.

At its meeting at the end of November, the Finnish Nurses Association’s Council elected Heljä Lundgrén-Laine as the new President for the period 2023-2025 and Terhi Reunama as Vice President. Lundgrén-Laine is a Registered Nurse, specialised in internal medicine and surgery, and holds a doctorate and adjunct professor position in Health Sciences. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Nursing at the Wellbeing Services County of Central Finland and, acting in a position of trust as President, will be responsible for ensuring that the association carries out its basic mission.

The meeting of the Finnish Nurses Association’s Council also elected a new board of seven full members and seven deputy members from throughout Finland.

The Finnish Nurses Association wishes the best of luck and success to everyone appointed!

22.6.2022 International Council of Nurses announces Helsinki, Finland as venue for Congress in 2025

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the Finnish Nurses Association (FNA) today announced they will co-host the 2025 ICN Congress in Helsinki, Finland. The 2025 ICN Congress will be the organisation’s 30th Congress, and exactly 100 years since Finland hosted its last ICN Congress in 1925.

Dr Nina Hahtela, FNA President said: “We are extremely proud to co-host this remarkable Congress and to invite colleagues from all over the world for a few days of empowerment through learning, sharing and a common experience – to build long-lasting experiences and friendships. The Finnish Nurses Association highly appreciates collaboration with the ICN and we are thrilled to present the best in Finnish nursing and hospitality. We warmly welcome all nurses to beautiful Helsinki! Tervetuloa –

ICN President Dr Pamela Cipriano added: “ICN is excited to be returning to Helsinki 100 years after our last Congress in Finland! The Finnish Nurses Association is one of our oldest members, having joined ICN in 1909. We look forward to working closely with Dr Hahtela and her team to plan this event and unite the nurses of the world.”

ICN received some very strong applications from national nursing associations wanting to host the Congress. Following a rigorous assessment, the ICN Board of Directors selected Helsinki as the site for the 2025 Congress.

ICN is currently working on the programme and plans for its 2023 Congress which will be held 1-5 July 2023 in Montreal, Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Nurses Association, with the theme Nurses together: a force for global health. The Congresses are the meeting point for thousands of nurses across the globe and provide opportunities for nurses to build relationship and to disseminate nursing and health related knowledge.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of more than 130 national nurses’ associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.

28.5.2021 Finnish Nurses Association’s Digital Social and Health Services Strategy (eHealth) is published

Finnish Nurses Association has published its Digital Social and Health Services Strategy (eHealth) both in Finnish and in English.

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