The Need for Nurses and Caregivers in Finland
1. Aging Population
One of the main reasons for the need for nurses and caregivers in Finland is the aging population. According to Statistics Finland, the number of people over 75 years old exceeded 600 000 in 2022. By 2040 the number will increase to 900 000. This means that there will be an increased demand for healthcare services, and especially for elderly care.
The system needs a certain number of nurses and caregivers to keep the quality of care provided good. For example, if the elderly people are not receiving the care they need due to a lack of staff, it can lead to an increase in hospitalizations, which then puts a strain on the entire healthcare system.
2. Impact of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on healthcare systems worldwide, and Finland is no exception. Nurses and caregivers have been on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic. This has highlighted the importance of healthcare workers and the need for more caregivers and nurses in Finland. It has also created a surge in demand for healthcare services. That is one of the reasons for the increased need for nurses and caregivers.
3. Current Shortage
The need for nurses and caregivers in Finland is not a new problem. The shortage has been an ongoing issue for several years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it worse. It is estimated that the need for nurses and caregivers will rise up to 30 000 by the year 2030. The number is increasing especially as the population continues to age.
What Are Nurses And Caregivers Needed For?
- Meeting the growing demand for healthcare services, especially for elderly care
- Providing better quality of care to patients and residents
- Reducing the workload on existing staff
- Improving the mental and physical health of healthcare workers
- Preparing for future pandemics and other healthcare crises
What to Do?
To address this need for nurses and caregivers, it’s essential to continue to recruit and retain healthcare workers, and to provide them with the support and resources they need to provide the best possible care. With the right strategies in place, Finland can ensure that it has enough healthcare workers to meet the growing demand for healthcare services. That way Finland can provide high-quality care to all patients and residents.
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