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Helena Leino-Kilpi

THT, ESH, professori, laitoksen johtaja ja sivutoiminen ylihoitaja, Varsinais-Suomen sairaanhoitopiiri​
PhD, RN, FEANS, Professor and Head of the Department of Nursing Science, Member of the Board of the Finnish National Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science, Nurse director (part time), Hospital District of Southwest Finland​ / Turku University Hospital
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 Julkaisut / Publications​

Tutkimusalueet / Areas of research 

  • Value basis and ethics in health care and nursing
  • Quality of Clinical Nursing and healthcare services
  • Health care education

Opetusalueet / Teaching areas

  • Philosophy and ethics in health care and nursing, on masters and doctoral level.
  • Research methods and research ethics in nursing, on doctoral level.
  • Supervision of masters theses and doctoral dissertations.

I am a registered nurse, with specialization in surgical-intensive nursing, in my basic education. I am master in educational sciences (MEd), and PhD in health sciences (nursing science).  Since 1998, I have been a full professor in nursing science and since 2002, I am the Head of the Department of Nursing Science in the Faculty of Medicine. I also have many other scientific duties, both in my university, nationally and internationally.

Since 2002, I have had a subsidiary position of Nurse Director at the Turku University Hospital (Hospital District of Southwest Finland).  This position allows me a close connection with nurses in practice and I belong to many groups developing research activities in University Hospital.

PhD-education is an important part of my work:  I am the Head of the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs) in our University, and I participate in the national doctoral network in nursing science, including collaboration between all five universities in Finland responsible for PhD-education in nursing science.  Since many years, I have participated in the PhD-teaching of European Academy of Nursing Science EANS. We also have PhD summer schools in Baltic Sea Region Network in Personalized Health Care and more globally (ICoNS), which I am contributing.

I am a visiting professor (2016-2018) in the University of Dublin, Trinity College and have many international expertise duties. I am honorary doctor in the University of Klaipeda, Lithuania.

My research fields are concentrated in following topics, I have published more than 450 scientific publications, have international and multidisciplinary collaboration and have been involved in many EU-funded consortiums:

  • Value basis and ethics in health care and nursing. In this field, I have a special interest in clinical empirical ethics, including ethics of administration and health care organisations.  I have collaboration with professor Riitta Suhonen in the area of individualized care and currently I am a member of COST RANCARE network, coordinated by Dr Evridiki Papastavrou, Cyprus University of Technology.
  • Empowering patient education. In this field, I have special interest in clinical fields, like orthopedic nursing and care of cancer patients. I have developed and used in collaboration with the research team instruments and programmes for patient education. In this, I have collaboration with professor Sanna Salanterä.
  • Competence of nurses and nursing students. In this field, I have a special interest in the evaluation and measurement of competence, and I have been involved in the development of competence instruments in collaboration with other researchers. I have collaboration with docent Riitta Meretoja in the development and use of Nurse Competence Scale.
  • Outcomes of nursing and health care education. In this field, I have special interest in evaluation of learning outcomes of nursing and health care education, as well as work of teachers. I have collaboration with docent Mikko Saarikoski in the development and of Clinical Learning Environment Scale (CLES).
  • Currently we have received funding from the Academy of Finland, for a new international research project in the competence of nurses (PROCOMPnurse). In this, I have collaboration with docent Leena Salminen.

I am teaching both on masters and PhD-level in my university.  On masters level, I am responsible for the teaching of philosophy of nursing and health care. On the PhD-level, I am teaching philosophy of science, different ethical courses, as well as courses in nursing education and research methods.

I have supervised more than 50 graduated PhDs and currently I have several  PhD-students under my supervision, mostly in collaboration with scientists from other disciplines.


Valikoituja julkaisuja / Selected publications

  1. Effectiveness of a mobile cooperation intervention during the clinical practicum of nursing students: a parallel group randomized controlled trial protocol. Strandell-Laine C, Saarikoski M, Löyttyniemi E, Salminen L, Suomi R, Leino-Kilpi H. J Adv Nurs. 2016 Dec 17. doi: 10.1111/jan.13238. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Improving the mix of institutional and community care for older people with dementia: an application of the balance of care approach in eight European countries. Tucker S, Sutcliffe C, Bowns I, Challis D, Saks K, Verbeek H, Cabrera E, Karlsson S, Leino-Kilpi H, Meyer G, Soto ME9; RightTimePlaceCare Consortium. Aging Ment Health. 2016 Dec;20(12):1327-1338. Epub 2015 Sep 1.
  3. The Knowledge Test Feedback Intervention (KTFI) increases knowledge level of spinal stenosis patients before operation-A randomized controlled follow-up trial. Kesänen J, Leino-Kilpi H, Lund T, Montin L, Puukka P, Valkeapää K. Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Dec;99(12):1984-1991. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.07.025. Epub 2016 Jul 16.
  4. Nurse Competence Scale: A systematic and psychometric review.
    Flinkman M, Leino-Kilpi H, Numminen O, Jeon Y, Kuokkanen L, Meretoja R. J Adv Nurs. 2016 Oct 12. doi: 10.1111/jan.13183. [Epub ahead of print]
  5. Ethical problems in nursing management: The views of nurse managers. Aitamaa E, Leino-Kilpi H, Iltanen S, Suhonen R. Nurs Ethics. 2016 Sep;23(6):646-58. doi: 10.1177/0969733015579309. Epub 2015 Apr 21.
  6. Participation of family members and quality of patient care - the perspective of adult surgical patients. Leino-Kilpi H, Gröndahl W, Katajisto J, Nurminen M, Suhonen R. J Clin Nurs. 2016 Aug;25(15-16):2242-50. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13262. Epub 2016 Jun 22.
  7. Ethical competence: A concept analysis. Kulju K, Stolt M, Suhonen R, Leino-Kilpi H. Nurs Ethics. 2016 Jun;23(4):401-12. doi: 10.1177/0969733014567025. Epub 2015 Feb 9.
  8. Information and Control Preferences and Their Relationship With the Knowledge Received Among European Joint Arthroplasty Patients.
    Klemetti S, Leino-Kilpi H, Charalambous A, Copanitsanou P, Ingadottir B, Istomina N, Katajisto J, Unosson M, Zabalegui A, Valkeapää K.
    Orthop Nurs. 2016 May-Jun;35(3):174-82.
  9. Organisational and individual support for nurses' ethical competence: A cross-sectional survey. Poikkeus T, Suhonen R, Katajisto J, Leino-Kilpi H. Nurs Ethics. 2016 May 10. pii: 0969733016642627. [Epub ahead of print].
  10. Moral courage in nursing: A concept analysis. Numminen O, Repo H, Leino-Kilpi H. Nurs Ethics. 2016 Mar 22. pii: 0969733016634155. [Epub ahead of print].
  11. Nursing education research in Finland--A review of doctoral dissertations. Vierula J, Stolt M, Salminen L, Leino-Kilpi H, Tuomi J. Nurse Educ Today. 2016 Feb;37:145-54. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.10.014. Epub 2015 Oct 26.
  12. Formal support for informal caregivers to older persons with dementia through the course of the disease: an exploratory, cross-sectional study. Lethin C, Leino-Kilpi H, Roe B, Soto MM, Saks K, Stephan A, Zwakhalen S, Zabalegui A, Karlsson S9; RightTimePlaceCare Consortium. BMC Geriatr. 2016 Jan 29;16:32. doi: 10.1186/s12877-016-0210-9.
  13. Patient Education Process in Oncologic Context: What, Why, and by Whom? Vaartio-Rajalin H, Huumonen T, Iire L, Jekunen A, Leino-Kilpi H, Minn H, Paloniemi J. Nurs Res. 2015 Sep-Oct;64(5):381-90. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000114.
  14. Newly Graduated Nurses' Competence and Individual and Organizational Factors: A Multivariate Analysis. Numminen O, Leino-Kilpi H, Isoaho H, Meretoja R. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2015 Sep;47(5):446-57. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12153. Epub 2015 Jul 28.
  15. Anaesthesia nursing education in the Nordic countries: Literature review. Jeon Y, Lahtinen P, Meretoja R, Leino-Kilpi H. Nurse Educ Today. 2015 May;35(5):680-8. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.01.015. Epub 2015 Jan 31.