Nursing and healthcare education leaders from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki, Finland, joined the Nurse Educator podcast to describe their initiatives to develop solutions to complex healthcare problems in their local community. Ohio State College of Nursing Associate Clinical Professor and podcast host, Joni Tornwall, interviewed Metropolia’s Manager of Wellbeing and Health Services, Anita Ahlstrand, and Manager of Global Health and Nursing, and Head of Global Trade in Nursing, Nea Lehtimäki on the “Innovative Collaborations for Learning: Integration of Well-Being, Built Environment, and Multidisciplinary Practice" podcast episode.
In their Innovation Hubs, Metropolia combines expertise from business, culture, technology, healthcare, and social services to build sustainable innovations in wellbeing in authentic learning environments. Solutions are created through bold thinking about wellbeing, environmental responsibility, person-centered social and healthcare services, and corporate training needs.
Tornwall was introduced to these healthcare educators at Metropolia through her colleagues at Tampere University in Tampere, Finland, during her spring 2023 Fulbright U.S. Specialist experience. Tornwall invited Ahlstrand and Lehtimäki to share in detail with listeners of Nurse Educator podcasts how development and collaboration in real-world healthcare settings facilitate student development of essential professional competencies and prepare them for the workforce.
Listen to the podcast (16 minutes).