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Monday's papers: Nurse diaries, lifting pensions and craving stability

What's a typical day like for a nurse in a Finnish ER?

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A nurses' diary is Helsingin Sanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun)'s top story on Monday morning, one week after lawmakers passed the controversial Patient Safety Act into law.

The journal entries, compiled by two nurses working at Tampere University Hospital, reveal a creaking health system.

"During the day a mass resignation list was circulating. I wrote down my name in big letters. Dozens of names were on the list by Monday," said one of the nurses.

The journals reveal the pressure frontline healthcare workers face, such as this entry from a Tampere nurse:

"Five isolated Covid patients spend the night. The staffing shortage means they are all cared for by one nurse. Having to independently manage five Covid patients in isolation is totally inhumane."

Pension income

Earnings-related pensions are set to rise by nearly seven percent next year—the highest increase in decades—but some retirees stand to benefit from the bump more than others, reports Taloussanomat (siirryt toiseen palveluun), citing calculations by the Taxpayers Association of Finland (TAF).

TS explains that half of pensioners will fall into a higher tax bracket next year.

Median pensions were 1,784 euros at the end of last year. The taxpayers' lobby calculates that pensioners drawing 1,750 euros or less will see their tax percentages rise in 2023.

Pensions of around 2,500 euros will enjoy the highest relative benefit, as these recipients will see their taxes drop by 1.3 percent while their net benefits will rise by up to 8.8 percent, according to the paper.

Army dreams?

Young workers are sometimes characterised as less interested than previous generations in working for traditional sectors. But a new survey by staffing agency Academic Work shows that young professionals' perceptions may be changing in times of crisis.

For the first time, the Finnish Defence Forces have risen in the ranks to be included on the list of the 50 most lucrative employers among fresh graduates, according to Kauppalehti (siirryt toiseen palveluun).

"Young people are now looking for safe options. The Defence Forces rising to the top 50 most popular employers reflects the current world situation," Academic Work Managing Director Laura Christie told the business daily.

However, similar to previous years, Supercell, Google and Kone were the country's most sought-after employers.

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