WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing


Arja Holopainen


Heidi Parisod

Elina Lagus


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.


    • The CC has developed a technical guide “Facilitating Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Midwifery in the WHO European Region” upon the request of the WHO technical programme (published in September 2017 by the WHO Regional Office for Europe). The CC has started translation process of the guide into Finnish and distributed it widely.
    • The NRF as the CC coordinates the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines and publishes them on its website. During the last 12 months, eight new evidence-based clinical guidelines have been published and development and update of several others has been launched. The CC has also continued publishing evidence summaries based on systematic reviews and guidelines.
    • The CC has launched further development of the Action Model of Expertise in evidence-based healthcare. In addition, further development of an instrument meant for evaluating evidence-based practices has been started.
    • The CC have launched collaboration with ProInCa project (Promoting the Innovation Capacity of Higher Education in Nursing during Health Services Transition).
    • In 2018, NRF that acts as the CC published two reports regarding the current situation of evidence-based nursing in Finland.
    • Holopainen, A., Siltanen, H., Tuomikoski, A., Tuomisto, S., Parisod, H. (2019). Evidence-based practices in Finland based on nurse professionals’ descriptions. The Supplement of International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare, Accepted. 
    • Holopainen, A., Hakulinen, T. (2019). New parents’ experiences of postpartum depression: a systematic review of qualitative evidence. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, Accepted.
    • Currie, K., Melone, L., Stewart, S., King, C., Holopainen, A., Clark, A.M., Reilly, J. (2018). Understanding the patient experience of health care-associated infection: A qualitative systematic review. Am J Infect Control 46(8), 936-942.
    • Oikarainen, A., Siltanen, H., Korhonen, A., Holopainen, A. (2018). Hoitotyössä käytetyt tiedonlähteet vaativissa päätöksentekotilanteiss. Raportti 2/2018. Tutkimusartikkeli. Helsinki: HOTUS–Hoitotyön tutkimussäätiö. Retrieved from
    • Holopainen, A., Siltanen, H., Hahtela, N., Korhonen, T. (2018). Toteutuuko näyttöön perustuva toiminta Suomessa? Raportti nykytilasta hoitotyön edustajien kuvaamana. [Verkkojulkaisu]. Hoitotyön tutkimussäätiö ja Sairaanhoitajaliitto.[Viitattu 1.4. 2018]. Retrieved from
    • Korhonen, A., Jylhä, V., Korhonen, T., & Holopainen, A. (2018). Näyttöön perustuva toiminta: Tarpeesta tuloksiin. Skhole Oy.
    • IV National Healthcare Symposium on Evidence-Based Practice: Structures that support implementation of evidence-based practice, 14-15.2.2019, Helsinki.