An evaluation of student led health station in Finland.

Ponto, M., Paloranta, H. and Akroyd, K. (2011) An evaluation of student led health station in Finland. Progress in Health Sciences, 1(1), pp. 5-13. ISSN (print) 2083-1617


This paper gives an overview of the work of Academic Nurse Clinics (ANC’s) or as they are known in Finland ‘Health Stations’ in a wide variety of contexts. The two main aims of such clinics are to provide quality healthcare to low income and vulnerable groups, while at the same time allowing nursing students to gain important work experience in local, non-clinical settings. The paper goes on to describe the Terveyspysäkki (a direct translation is Health Stop) an ANC founded in 1996 in Kemi-Tornio University, Finland. Reported findings of a recent evaluation undertaken by the clinic are presented, based on views of 34 clients who had attended the clinic. There are also evaluations from students. In general, feedback was positive, indicating that the Health Station provides a valuable service to the local population. Key words: Healthcare, Academic Nurse, low income, learning, practice.

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