People in charge of practical training supervision

Chief Executive Officer of Nursing Heljä Lundgrén-Laine is in charge of the nursing staff in Central Finland Health Care District, and therefore directs the processes concerning health care students. Chief Executive Officer of Nursing draws up the practical training contracts with educational institutions.

Chief nursing officers make sure that the Health Care District has the required training positions available, and that the high quality of student supervision is achieved. Each operating area as well as each area of responsibility is appointed a chief nursing officer. For detailed contact information, see the description site for each unit (in Finnish).

Educational nursing director is responsible for developing and coordinating student supervision. If you have any questions on clinical training or workplace learning, our educational nursing manager Matti Puhakainen is happy to help you, tel. +385 14 269 5285, matti.puhakainen(at)

Head nurses are responsible for the execution of student supervision. They take care of the paperwork related to picture ID cards and possible keys for students, and make sure student feedback is put into practice when developing student supervision processes and rewarding the staff. For detailed contact information for head nurses, see the description site for each unit (in Finnish).

Student supervisor contact persons make sure your practical training period is successful. They are student supervisors who act as contact persons for other supervisors and educational units. They send ads on their unit’s training positions to Jobstep (together with the head nurses). Student supervisor contact persons take care of all things related to students in their units, and work towards high-quality student supervision. They are in charge of student orientation, and in most units, they choose the supervisors. For detailed contact information, see the description site for each training unit (in Finnish).

Your own supervisors provide you with daily supervision as well as feedback based on your goals. They encourage professional development during your practical training period. In most cases, students have one or two supervisors who work the same shifts with their students. Your supervisor will help you with your professional skills and development. It is vital that you have mutual understanding on your training, and that you can communicate in an open manner. If needed, you have the right to switch supervisors.

As a student, you’re in charge of your own learning process. Be active, responsible and hands-on with your studies. Ask questions, reflect and be curious – it’s the only way for you to learn. Your personal goals form the basis for planning your practical training, so we expect you to set your goals during the first week.