Nursing Research Foundation (NRF)

The aim of the NRF is to develope and establish evidence-based nursing in Finnish health care so that nursing interventions are effective, appropriate, feasible and/or meaningful.

The mission is to be the well-known and reputable institution in producing, disseminating and providing a framework for the use of the best available evidence to inform clinical decision-making to improve health outcomes in Finland.

Two collaboration centre

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing

WHO collaborating centres are institutions that form an international collaborative network carrying out activities to support WHO’s programmes at all levels. Typically, such centres are divisions of national research institutes; departments of universities, laboratories, hospitals or health ministries; or national institutions such as academies. WHO designates an institution as a collaborating centre for an initial period of four years, which can be renewed as needed.

WHO/Europe works closely with Member States, government chief nurses, WHO collaborating centres and other partners, such as the European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA):

  • to raise the level of nursing and midwifery education in the European Region;
  • to create evidence-based knowledge on nursing and midwifery;
  • to influence national policies that will lead to the provision of high-quality, accessible, equitable, efficient and sensitive health services.

Nurses and midwives comprise the majority of health care professionals and thus play a key role in the successful delivery of health services. WHO/Europe works closely with a large group of partners to help nurses and midwives cope with advancing technology and deliver high-quality, evidence-based care. The European Region is fortunate to have six collaborating centres dedicated to nursing and midwifery. One of these is Finnish Centre: WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing.

The core tasks of the Finnish Centre:

  • To work with WHO in order to build up the evidence base for nursing and midwifery practice through research, and to make sure it is used when changing the practice.
  • To assist WHO in collecting and evaluating nursing science knowledge of acute national health issues and distributing summarized evidence for nurses, nurse managers, educators and other health care personnel.
  • To contribute to WHO’s efforts in ensuring that nursing and midwifery education/training programmes and continuing education programmes are adequate and updated.
  • To contribute to the implementation of WHO Strategic Directions 2011-2015 for Nursing and Midwifery Services at national and regional level.
  • To assist WHO in establishing collaboration between health and nursing institutions, universities and research institutes in order to strengthen development of evidence-based nursing.

Director of the Finnish Centre:

Dr Arja Holopainen
Nursing Research Foundation
E-mail: arja.holopainen (a)

More information about WHO Collaboration Centres:

The Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care

The Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care: A Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence

The Nursing Research Foundation operates as the host institution of the Centre. In addition, the Centre has four co-partners and six affiliated partners. For the purposes of decision-making the Centre have a Management Committee. In addition, the Centre has a part-time core staff.


Affiliated partners:

Above mentioned affiliated partners are central social and health care organizations in Finland and therefore it is important to collaborate with them in order to implement evidence-based knowledge as systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in the health care practice.

The tasks of the Centre are:

  • to produce structures and practices for evidence-based nursing
  • to evaluate and synthesize research knowledge especially for clinical practice

The Centre with its’ partners translate the Best Practice Information Sheets (from year 2009) published by the Joanna Briggs Institute in Finnish.

JBI has developed useful tools and methods and wide international collaboration. Therefore, joining the JBI brought important benefits to Finnish health care. Our Centre have a good expertise in nursing and allied health, in conducting systematic reviews, in producing nursing guidelines and in teaching evidence-based practice.

Organisation of the Finnish Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care


To produce the best available evidence: Evidence-Based Guidelines, Handbooks

To disseminate the best available evidence: Lectures and education in the field of evicence-based health care, publications

To support the implementation of the best available evidence: Consistent nursing practices - an operational model for developing evidence-based practices and expertise in EBHC

Model for Consistent Practices

The Operational Model for Developing Evidence-Based Practices

The model was developed by the Nursing Research Foundation in three phases:

  • I phase: orientation to the relevant literature and the previously developed evidence-based models
  • II phase: focus groups for nursing staff and teachers
  • III phase: further development along with the lines of the Action Plan of Nursing

The model have been piloted (2010-2012) in psychogeriatric unit and cancer units in the Kuopio University Hospital for developing consistent practices for fall prevention. The results have been reported in Finnish:

The NRF participates collaborative projects in health care practice. Presently undergoing projects are the development of good hand hygiene practices in the hospital (local) and the dissemination of best available evidence in health care (national).