Monthly Archives: May 2017

Greetings from Salford

Hello there!

My studies at Salford University have been going well so far and there is still almost a month left of my stay, 2 weeks of school and 2 weeks of free time. I’ve been enjoying it a lot!

The structure of my studies at Salford University differ quite a lot from what I’ve been used to in TAMK. I have lectures on Monday and Tuesday and seminars on Thursday and Friday. On every day I have school it doesn’t last more than a couple of hours. I managed to pick the Performance module so I have piano lessons and improvisation group lessons as well.

The content of the courses is definitely more creativity based than in TAMK. This is an inspiring approach and I enjoy it but on the other hand it means that the studies are less practical and the things taught might not be transferable to professional environment. Comparing the two schools I would say that TAMK gives you more actual knowledge while Salford is more inspiring and encourages the students to find their own way of doing their stuff.

As mentioned, the days at University aren’t long at all. This leads to tremendous amount of free time. My room isn’t the most spacious one and in the house there is only a small living room for 5 people so I might get insane if I hang out in there all the time. Luckily, the University is right next to my place. The library is one of my most visited places: there I can relax and read in a silent environment. The school has practice rooms for instrumentalist so I’ve been rehearsing for my piano assignments there. I’ve made friend with the other Erasmus students and we see each other one in a while. But I have turned down their invitations to join them for night clubbing. I just feel too old for it.

Here are some pictures that I took while exploring the UK:

City Walls, York
Northern Quarter, Manchester
Peak District National Park

Best wishes,

Eemeli Sutelainen

Moro (Greetings) from Cardiff

Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium
Cardiff Castle and Principality Stadium

It’s been while that last writing in here. The time was gone really quickly!

So couple weeks ago i ended my first placement at what was my medical/surgical placement.  Mostly i was working the ward C6 what is internal disease ward but couple my mentor also arrange to me observation to endoscopy unit,  epilepsy unit and day with specialist nurse who arrange discharged to other hospital, care home or home.  Actually i met one Finnish Neuropsychologist who working in epilepsy unit!

Last week i stared my community nursing placement and was in rheumatology unit.  The unit has a pair of doctors, five nurses and a secretary. Patients with different rheumatic diseases are in the unit and every day.  On a basic day, the unit was administered rheumatoid patients in drug therapy, life style (eating, exercise, etc.) and given the medications the patient needed. Generally, the medicines are administered intravenously, so I was usually only tracking the treatments. Here, a nurse student can not get cannulated or do IV treatments until after graduation and have been at work for a while and received extra training. Also i was observation Doctors clinic what they do in there.

Barry Hospital
Barry Hospital


This week i was working with Glamorgan Community Resource Service Team (VCRS) who keep base in the Barry Hospital.  Team idea is produce services that can help people avoid hospital admissions or get them back into the community after a hospital stay.

Team is new and teams include to nurses, the team includes physiotherapists, nutritionists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech therapists and care staff.   The team was founded in 2014 and is second in the Wales.  Mostly i was worked with nurses but i also I acquainted with the work of occupational therapists and nutritionists. Normally, there were about 2-3 meetings per day in which the team mapped the client’s needs so that the client could live as long as possible at home. That was very interesting week because in Finland we don’t have teams like that and i got change observation life in community.

Me and my mentors
Me and my mentors.

During these weeks I have also gained insight into how the nurse’s work and education differ from the nurse in Finland. For example, nursing training lasts for three years, when they qualification to the “staff nurse” then usually worked for at least two years in the ward, after which it is possible to specialize in a particular area (eg internal diseases, mental health, etc). Another thing that is different is the pay. The nurse’s salary rises every year for seven years when they are senior nurses.


One part of how I’m familiar with local culture and life is rugby. Wales is a proud rugby country. I found myself here a team named Llanishen Rugby football club. Llanishen is the district of Cardiff. In fact, the team wanted to make me a story on their website because I was the first Finnish player in their team. (link: The season ends next week here. Except to me, because the Finnish rugby season begins very shortly. I was able to play three games during the spring and I’m very grateful for that. Anyone who has ever said that sport is a common language is absolutely right on this issue!

Llanishen RFC
Llanishen RFC

Next week i start my last part of Community nursing placement in district nursing. It’s really great to see what it is like here because I’ve worked in Finland myself district nurse.

That’s all this time!

All the best.


Greetings from the Netherlands!

I have been studying in Utrecht, The Netherlands for three months now. I have loved it here and I am excited for the remaining two months.


I am studying Sports and Entertainment Marketing at the HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. Studying here is quite easy as I am used to the studying method where there isn’t that many lectures and more group work and other projects. For example, I have worked at Utrecht Marathon and 3FM Awards festival as a part of my studies. In May my class is also doing a trip to Rome. In comparison to my studies in Finland, we do a lot more projects for actual companies. The teachers are more direct and demanding. If they don’t think your paper is good enough, they will tell you and ask you to do it again.

typical dutch view
typical dutch view

As I have quite lot of free time, I have taken an advantage of it. I spend lots of time with my friends, go to the gym and running and do a lot of normal things I usually do when I have free time. I also have lots of time to travel around the Netherlands as well as around Europe. I have already visited four other countries during my exchange, done two road trips and other trips around the Netherlands.


I feel like my time here just flies by. But I still have two months left and I am going to make the most of it!