In this report, ‘nursing’ means work done by the nursing staff. The core duty in nursing is taking care of the patient. It includes determining the need for care and the design, delivery and evaluation of care. The purpose of nursing is to promote the health and wellbeing of patients, customers, families and the community at large, to prevent illness, to support, treat and help rehabilitate patients and to alleviate suffering when encountering illness or death.

There are about 16,000 healthcare professionals forming the nursing staff at HUS. Nursing goes on in a variety of operating environments: on wards, at outpatient clinics, at research units, at rehabilitation units and at examination units. Nursing is also provided in mobile services and in patients’ homes. The principles of nursing activities in HUS are patient-orientation, evidence, patient safety, multidisciplinarity and collegiality.

The HUS nursing staff brings the special expertise required for nursing in specialist medical care and rehabilitation to the multidiscipline patient treatment process. The nursing staff are responsible for their part for providing high-quality and safe comprehensive care for patients, together with other professionals and operators providing care for the patient, such as basic health care.

Nursing, teaching, research and related management is performed at all levels in accordance with the HUS Nursing Action Plan, which in turn is derived from the Magnet Hospital framework. The Action Plan is consistent with the HUS strategic key goals in aiming to ensure effective treatment in the patient’s best interests through nursing.

HUS hospitals and other units treated about 680,000 individual patients in 2019. One in three residents of Uusimaa received specialist medical care services at HUS. Descriptions and outcomes of excellent nursing were selected as case studies to be written up in the Annual Report of Nursing. Read the entire Annual Report of Nursing in PDF format.