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.

News

New professor in Nursing Science in the area of Satakunta Hospital District

5.5.2022

New professor in Nursing Science in the area of Satakunta Hospital District

In the Department of Nursing Science, we have 7 full professors, and one of them is funded by the Satakunta Hospital District. In this position, since February 2022, we have new person, professor Mari Kangasniemi. Research focus of professor Kangasniemi is in ethics of nursing and health care and change of the work in social and health care. In the new position, she will continue her research, and collaborate with local actors and stakeholders.

Collaboration between the University of Turku and Satakunta Hospital District started years ago, and in 2018, this fulltime professorship was established. Administratively, Chief Nurse Executive Paula Asikainen in the Hospital District and Head of the Department of Nursing Science in the University Helena Leino-Kilpi are responsible for practical arrangements.

Paula Asikainen sees this position significant: “It is important to strengthen nursing research, meaning of nursing care and attractiveness of nursing career in the District. Most importantly, there  can be advantages for the population and quality of care in the area”.

“For the Department of Nursing Science, this professorship is part of collaboration on the Westcoast Finland, it gives new opportunities for research and improves collaboration also from the perspective of  new Welfare districts, starting 2023.”, professor Leino-Kilpi comments, with great satisfaction.

We congratulate professor Kangasniemi, and wish her all the best and success for new position!

Excellent rank again for the University of Turku Department of Nursing Science in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject

11.4.2022

Nursing Science was the highest ranked discipline of the University of Turku in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject

The QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks the world’s best universities in 51 different disciplines.

Five components are used to rank universities in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: 

  • Academic reputation 
  • Employer reputation 
  • Research citations per paper 
  • H-index 
  • International Research Network (by broad-faculty area) 

Department of Nursing Science improved it's rank from the last year and was now ranked:

TOP #1 within Finland

TOP #6 within Europe

TOP #28 worldwide

» The highest ranked discipline of the University of Turku was nursing science
» QS World University Rankings by Subject: Nursing 2022

The registration is open for EPE Course 2022

28.2.2022

The annual, award-winning EMPOWERING PATIENT EDUCATION (EPE) COURSE is now accepting participants.

EPE Course 2022 is perfect for you if you are looking for:

  • A deeper understanding of empowerment and empowering patient education
  • Skills to apply the concepts and methods of empowering patient education to your clinical work or research
  • Meeting and making contacts with people from all over the world and different fields of health care and health sciences

EPE Course 2022 is an online course targeted at Master and PhD students in nursing and health Sciences, advanced practice nurses, and health care professionals interested in patient education. It is organized from 5 September to 14 December 2022 in 5 modules (5 ECTS each). We recommend participating in the whole course (25 ECTS) or you can make a study plan that fits best for your interests.

Register here before 15 August. The EPE Course 2022 is free for Master and PhD students (others 500 €).

"I did this course couple of years ago and I can highly recommend it for anyone who’s interested to develop their knowledge and skills in empowering patient education" (Feedback from student, 2021)

More information:

docent Heli Virtanen, hetuvi@utu.fi

Warmly welcome to the EPE Course 2022!

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The registration is open for EleneIP Course 2022

11.4.2022

Empowering learning environments in Nursing education EleneIP is now accepting participants

Mini intensive course will be held in Turku, Finland 24-28 Oct 2022.

Instruction lesson to the course on 14th September at 15–16 (Finnish time). Pre seminars will be held at 12th and 13th October 2022. International students can participate these seminars online.

The course aims are to bring together university students in different countries to ensure high quality nurse education related to evidence-based teaching and outcomes concerning social media as a learning environment in nursing education in multicultural European context.

Learning objectives

1. To deepen understanding of new learning environments of modern learning outcomes

2. To learn to use co-operative teaching and learning methods in nursing education

3. Use of social media in teaching

Register here before 10 September. The EleneIP Course 2022 is free for Master and PhD students (others 500 €).

 

More information:

Professor Leena Salminen, leesalmi@utu.fi

Warmly welcome to the EleneIP Course 2022!


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Title of Docent to PhD Hannakaisa Niela-Vilén

18.2.2021

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).

2022

  • 4.2.2022 MNSc Laura Laukkanen
    "The construct of the ethical activity profile of nurse managers – effectiveness of the Ethics Quarter e-learning intervention”
    12-16 University of Turku, Medisiina D, Laurén 2, Kiinamyllynkatu 10, Turku
    You can also follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: Professor Arja Häggman-Laitila (University of Eastern Finland)
    Custos: Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi (University of Turku)
    Languge of the event Finnish

2021

  • 12.12.2021 MNSc Pihla Markkanen
    "Supporting pupils’ mental health in schools. Teaching staff’s and school nurses’ perceptions and the suitability of a web-based support system for pupils”
    12-16 University of Turku, Medisiina D, Alhopuro auditorium, Kiinamyllynkatu 10, Turku
    You can also follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: Professor Terhi Saaranen (University of Eastern Finland)
    Custos: Professor Maritta Välimäki (University of Turku)
    Languge of the event Finnish
  • 3.12.2021 MNSc Jaana Koskenniemi
    ”Respect in nursing care as perceived by older patients"
    12-16 University of Turku, Publicum, Pub 1 -lecture hall, Assistentinkatu 7
    You can also Follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: Professor Emeritus Anna-Maija Pietilä (University of Eastern Finland)
    Custos: Professor Riitta Suhonen (University of Turku)
    Language of the event: Finnish
  • 22.10.2021 MNSc Kirsi Hipp
    ”Patient participation in pro re nata medication in forensic psychiatric inpatient care”
    12-16 follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: Docent Raija Kontio (Helsinki University Central Hospital) 
    Custos: Docent Mari Kangasniemi (University of Turku)
    Language of the event: Finnish
  • 15.10.2021 MNSc Maria Pulkkinen
    ”A NEW PRACTICE MODEL TO ORGANIZE PERIOPERATIVE NURSING CARE”
    12:00 - 16:00 Follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: professor Merja Miettinen, Kuopio University Hospital
    Custos: docent Kristiina Junttila
    Language of the event: Finnish
  • 17.9.2021 MSc Yunsuk Jeon
    ”Competence assessment in Anaesthesia Nursing Care”
    12:00 - 16:00 Follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: professor Ulrica Nilsson, Karolinska Universitetet, Sweden
    Custos: professor Helena Leino-Kilpi, University of Turku
    Language of the event: English
  • 11.6.2021 MNSc Mika Alastalo
    "Patient observation skills in critical care nursing – A Theoretical construction and evaluation"
    12:00 - 16:00 Follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: professor Hannele Turunen, University of Eastern Finland
    Custos: professor Helena Leino-Kilpi, University of Turku
    Language of the event: Finnish
  • 4.6.2021 MNSc Jonna Vierula
    "The assessment of reasoning skills in nursing student selection – Test development and psychometric testing"
    12:00 - 16:00 Follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, University of Eastern Finland
    Custos: professor Elina Haavisto, University of Turku
    Language of the event: Finnish
  • 26.3.2021 MNSc Anna Laine
    ”Evaluation of web-based psychoeducation interventions related to schizophrenia spectrum disorders”
    12:00 - 16:00 Follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: professor Arja Häggman-Laitila, University of Eastern Finland
    Custos: professor Maritta Välimäki, University of Turku
    Language of the event: Finnish
  • 12.3.2021 MSoc Maria Ameel
    ”Applicability of the nursing interventions classification in the psychiatric outpatient care setting"
    12:00 - 16:00 Follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: professori Kaija Saranto, University of Eastern Finland
    Custos: docent Kristiina Junttila, University of Turku
    Language of the event: Finnish
  • 29.1.2021 MNSc Emilia Kielo-Viljamaa
    "The Wound Care Competence of Graduating Student Nurses – Development and Testing of a Competence Assessment Instrument"
    12:00 - 16:00 Follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: professor Eija Paavilainen, University of Tampere
    Custos: docent Minna Stolt, University of Turku
    Language of the event: Finnish
  • 22.1.2021 MNSc Eriikka Siirala
    "Päivittäinen johtaminen lähiesimiehen työssä leikkaus- ja anestesiaosastolla"
    12:00 - 16:00 Follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: docent Paula Asikainen, University of Tampere
    Custos: docent Kristiina Junttila, University of Turku
    Language of the event: Finnish
  • 22.1.2021 MNSc Mirka Toivonen
    "Kohti perhekeskeistä hoitamista vastasyntyneiden teho-osastoilla: Hoitokulttuurin ja osastoarkkitehtuurin muutos"
    12:00 - 16:00 Follow via Zoom
    Esteemed opponent: professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, University of Eastern Finland
    Custos: associate professor Anna Axelin
    Language of the event: Finnish

2020

Courses
  • Clinical Instruments for Evaluating Health - Development, Evaluation and Implementation CIDI, 25 ECTS
    Next course in 2023
    Registration deadline: registration is not open yet
    Brochure (pdf)
  • Empowering learning environments in nursing education Intensive Programme EleneIP, 10 ECTS
    Next course in 24-28 Oct 2022
    Registration deadline: 10 Sep 2022 via Webropol
    Brochure (pdf)
    Study Guide
  • Empowering Patient Education EPE, 25 ECTS
    Next course in 5 Sep - 14 Dec 2022
    Registration deadline: 15 Aug 2022 via Webropol
    Brochure (pdf)
Conferences, Scientific Symposia and Events

2022

  • 10 Feb 2022 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: Zoom
    Conference language is Finnish.
    More information available on symposium site.
  • 8-9 Dec 2022 New Horizons for Postdoctoral Researchers in Nursing Science
    Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku organizes the first international symposium for postdoctoral researchers.
    Venue: Symposium is organized at Turku, Finland. The exact address is Kiinamyllynkatu 10, 20520 Turku, building Medisiina D.
    Conference language is English.
    More information available on symposium site.

2021

  • 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.
  • 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.

2022

  • 24.1.2022 Health care and nursing leadership
  • 11.2.2022 Mental health
  • 14.2.2022 Health technology (pdf) (event in English) 
  • 9.3.2022 Gerontological nursing science
  • 7.4.2022 Clinical nursing science
  • 12.5.2022 Patient education and health promotion
  • 9.11.2022 Health pedagogy
  • 17.11.2022 Foot Health
  • 1.12.2022 Health care and nursing ethics

2021

  • 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) 
  • 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

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