Department of Nursing Science

The Department is a versatile unit offering high-quality education and research.

Our task is to maintain academic learning, develop nursing science research and promote the implementation of research-based nursing care. The Department educates students in the health sciences at the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral levels.


Excellent rank for the University of Turku Department of Nursing Science in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject


The QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks the world’s best universities in 51 different disciplines. Department of Nursing Science improved it's rank from the last year and was now ranked

TOP #1 within Finland

TOP #2 within Nordic Countries

TOP #6 within Europe

TOP #29 worldwide

"Year 2020 was exceptional and the requirements for teaching and research have been strong. We are very happy, that we have succeeded again in our work – the ranking is even better than last year. The whole faculty and staff has done extremely good work, also in national and international networks. I thank also all our partners and collaborators!" rejoices Head of the Department, Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi.

QS Ranking 2021 Nursing TOP50

» QS World University Rankings by Subject: Nursing 2021

Title of Docent to PhD Hannakaisa Niela-Vilén


The Title of Docent has been granted to PhD Hannakaisa Niela-Vilén on 18.2.2021.

"My research area in nursing science covers maternity care focusing on pregnant and postpartum women, foetuses and infants as well as families. Many of my research projects have concerned parent-infant closeness, breastfeeding and breastfeeding support in both full-term and preterm infants and their families. Both emotional and physical closeness as well as breastfeeding are strongly connected and inseparable part of wellbeing during early life and parenthood.

In addition, remote monitoring during pregnancy and the postpartum period is another central part of my research. With remote monitoring, we aim to engage pregnant women in their own care and, by implication, support family-centred and person-centred care. In collaboration with researchers from future technologies, medicine and public health we have developed and tested the possibilities of smartwatches and smart rings to follow physical activity, sleep and heart rate in pregnant and postpartum women." describes docent, PhD Hannakaisa Niela-Vilén.

Upcpoming events

Dissertation defences

In Finland, all PhD dissertations are defended in public events. Dissertations can be found from the Open Institutional Repository of the University of Turku (UTUPub).



  • Clinical Instruments for Evaluating Health - Development, Evaluation and Implementation CIDI, 25 ECTS
    Next course in Jan - May 2022
    Registration deadline: 3 Dec 2021 via Webropol
    Brochure (pdf)
  • Empowering learning environments in nursing education Intensive Programme EleneIP, 10 ECTS
    Next course in Sep - Oct 2021
    Registration deadline: 15 Sep 2021 via Konsta
    Brochure (pdf)
    Study Guide
  • Empowering Patient Education EPE, 25 ECTS
    Next course in Sep - Dec 2021
    Registration deadline: 15 Aug 2021 via Webropol
    Brochure (pdf)
Conferences, Scientific Symposia and Events
  • 19-20 May 2021 The 8th SCENE Symposium
    Symposium is organised by the Separation and Closeness Experiences in the Neonatal Environment (SCENE) group to share the new research findings related to closeness in the neonatal environment and to start collaborating in research projects aiming to improve care culture and increase infant-parent-family closeness.
    Venue: hybrid event online & on site in Tallinn, Estonia
    Registration deadline: 12 May 2021 via Konsta
    Conference language is English.
    More information available on symposium site.
  • 30 Sep 2021 RENE Symposium
    Symposium organised by the Research in Nursing Education (RENE) research group in cooperation with its partners. Symposium aim is to discuss nurse and health care education research and to promote networking of the researcher in the field and cooperation in Finland.
    Venue: DIAK, Helsinki, Finland
    Conference language is Finnish.
    More information available on symposium site.
  • 9 Nov 2021 Nursing Science Symposium III of Southwest Finland
    Online symposium with theme "Clinical career model and leading it" in collaboration with several other organisations and associations in the region.
    Conference language is Finnish.
    More information available on the Symposium poster (pdf).
Theme days

Department of Nursing Science organizes several thematic days annually. Theme days are free of charge and open to all. Most of the theme days are only in Finnish.


  • 20.1.2021 Health care and nursing leadership
  • 17.2.2021 Mental health
  • 3.3.2021 Gerontological nursing science
  • 17.3.2021 Health technology (pdf) (event in English) / Registration deadline 12.3.2021
  • 24.3.2021 Palliative care
  • 14.4.2021 Clinical nursing science
  • 10.5.2021 Patient education and health promotion
  • 17.11.2021 Health pedagogy
  • 22.11.2021 Foot Health
  • 8.12.2021 Health care and nursing ethics

QS Ranking 2021 Nursing Science TOP 50