From Finland to Bowling Green

By: Daniel K. Hoh
By: Daniel K. Hoh

They traveled across the Atlantic and then some to learn what it's like to practice nursing in the United States.

Tiina Nissinen and Jani Karkkainen are two nursing students from Finland who are spending this semester in Bowling Green. They're here as part of a nursing student exchange program involving Western and several other nursing schools here and abroad.

The program is designed to teach nursing students about different health care environments.

"So that they are sensitive to the cultural differences between nurses, say in Europe, and nurses working here in the U.S.," says head of Western's nursing department, Dr. Donna Blackburn.

Tiina and Jani are taking classes at Western and work three days a week at The Medical Center. This summer, Western will be sending two of its own nursing students to Finland.

As for Tiina and Jani, they'll be here until April.


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