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Organization and goals


Nurses thrive and excel in their profession


We support nurses in developing their professional skills and well-being at work.


  • Nurse-centricity
  • Ethics
  • Courage

We strive to

  • Maintain nurses’ professionalism at a high and up-to-date level throughout their careers, from their student days onwards.
  • Have the nursing profession is  recognized and respected. Nurses can be proud of their profession and professionalism.
  • Ensure that nurses do well in their profession.

Together we are more!

Join us in building the best professional community in the world together with our fellow nurses. The more of us there are, the better our voice will be heard.

We are your professional community. We support your knowhow and your well-being on and off duty. We make your work visible in social discussion and aim to increase the appreciation of nurses’ profession. We make sure that your voice is heard and we advocate for you and your profession.

The Finnish Nurses Association has a long history

The Finnish Nurses Association was founded on 25 January 1925. The predecessor to the Finnish Nurses’ Association, the Swedish-language Sjuksköterskeföreningen i Finland, was founded in 1898. The association was also involved in the founding of Tehy, the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals in Finland with which it now cooperates actively. 

The organization is made up of 15 regional associations and their members, a council and a board. From 2023 onwards, the Finnish Nurses Association is led in a spirit of cooperation by an Executive Director and a President. The Executive Director heads the day-to-day operations and administration as a salaried employee. The President acts in a position of trust, and is responsible for ensuring that the association carries out its basic mission.

The Council exercises the highest decision-making power of the Association and meets twice a year. The Federation’s regional associations elect their representatives to this Council at their respective annual meetings. The number of regional association delegates depends on the number of members in the regional association. The decisions of the Council are implemented by the Executive Committee, assisted by the Association office.

The Finnish Nurses Association supports the activities of the Regional Associations and coordinates a wide range of expert work. We are a member of several international organizations, for example the International Council of Nurses (ICN) since 1909 and our Nordic cooperation with the Nordic Nurses Federation dates back to 1925.

We celebrate International Nurses’ Day every year on 12 May, in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale was a role model for modern nursing and nurses.

Each year we hold Sairaanhoitajapäivät, the largest nursing conference and event for continuing professional development for nurses in Finland.