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) hotus.fi

More information about WHO Collaboration Centres: http://www.who.int/collaboratingcentres/en/