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.