Helena Leino-Kilpi
Professor, PhD, MEd, RN, Nurse director, Turku University Hospital

Professor, Department of Nursing Science (Department of Nursing Science)

+358 29 450 2455
+358 50 342 4384

Joukahaisenkatu 3-5
Office: A5049
Contacts preferably by email.

Areas of expertise
Nursing and health care ethics; clinical nursing; nursing and health care education


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

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 400 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

• 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, also in international collaboration. 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, based on funding from the Academy of
Finland, I am a PI in a new international research project in the competence of
nurses (PROCOMPnurse). I am also collaborating in the Erasmus+ program Nurse Leadership, for developing PhD and post doc education (PI Professor Thora Halfsteindottir, University of Iceland). 


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 about 60 graduated PhDs and
currently I have several  PhD-students
under my supervision, mostly in collaboration with scientists from other

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Advancing the science of unfinished nursing care: Exploring the benefits of cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange, knowledge integration and transdisciplinarity (2019)
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Terry Jones, Eileen Willis, Mário Amorim‐Lopes, Anat Drach‐Zahavy; On behalf of the RANCARE Consortium COST – CA 15208
A1 Journal article – refereed)

A process evaluation of a mobile cooperation intervention: A mixed methods study (2019)
Nurse Education Today
Camilla Strandell-Laine, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Eliisa Löyttyniemi, Leena Salminen, Minna Stolt, Reima Suomi, Mikko Saarikoski
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Dignity realization of patients with stroke in hospital care: A grounded theory (2019)
Nursing Ethics
Rannikko Sunna, Stolt Minna, Suhonen Riitta, Leino-Kilpi Helena
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Ethical issues in the care of patients with stroke: A scoping review (2019)
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Rannikko S., Stolt M., Suhonen R., Leino-Kilpi H.
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Healthcare professionals' ethical competence: A scoping review (2019)
Nursing Open
Koskenvuori Janika, Stolt Minna, Suhonen Riitta, Leino-Kilpi Helena
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Instruments measuring interprofessional collaboration in healthcare – a scoping review (2019)
Journal of Interprofessional Care
Peltonen J, Leino-Kilpi H, Heikkilä H, Rautava P, Tuomela K, Siekkinen M, Sulosaari V, Stolt M
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Nursing Education and Nurse Education Research in Finland (2019) Leadership in Nursing: Experiences from the European Nordic Countries Leena Salminen, Sanna Koskinen, Asta Heikkilä, Camilla Strandell-Laine, Elina Haavisto, Helena Leino-Kilpi
B2 Book chapter)

Perceived quality of nursing care and patient education: a cross-sectional study of hospitalised surgical patients in Finland (2019)
BMJ Open
Gröndahl W, Muurinen H, Katajisto J, Suhonen R, Leino-Kilpi H
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Whistle-blowing process in healthcare: From suspicion to action (2019)
Nursing Ethics
Pohjanoksa Johanna, Stolt Minna, Suhonen Riitta, Löyttyniemi Eliisa, Leino-Kilpi Helena
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Wrongdoing and whistleblowing in health care (2019)
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Pohjanoksa J, Stolt M, Suhonen R, Leino-Kilpi H
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Äitiys- ja lastenneuvolaterveydenhoitajien tieto raskaana olevan naisen ja neuvolaikäisen lapsen suun terveydestä (2018)
Numanovic Vanesa, Vahlberg Tero, Koskenniemi Jaana, Leino-Kilpi Helena
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Asiakkaan arvokkuuden tukemisessa huomioidaan ihminen kokonaisuutena (2018)
Rannikko Sunna, Suhonen Riitta, Leino-Kilpi Helena
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Behavioural interventions that have the potential to improve self-care in adults with periodontitis: a systematic review (2018)
Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
Mirkka Järvinen, Minna Stolt, Eino Honkala, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Marja Pöllänen
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Being respected by nurses: Measuring older patients' perceptions (2018)
International Journal of Older People Nursing
Koskenniemi J, Leino-Kilpi H, Puukka P, Stolt M, Suhonen R
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Children's Perceptions About the Quality of Pediatric Nursing Care: A Large Multicenter Cross‐Sectional Study (2018)
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Comparcini D, Simonetti V, Tomietto M, Leino-Kilpi H, Pelander T, Cicolini G
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Content of Orthopedic Patient Education Provided by Nurses in Seven European Countries (2018)
Clinical Nursing Research
Charalambous A, Papastavrou E, Valkeapaa K, Zabalegui A, Ingadottir B, Lemonidou C, Fatkulina N, Jouko K, Leino-Kilpi H
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Costs of Care of Agitation Associated With Dementia in 8 European Countries: Results From the RightTimePlaceCare Study (2018)
Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Costa N, Wubker A, De Mauleon A, Zwakhalen SMG, Challis D, Leino-Kilpi H, Hallberg IR, Stephan A, Zabalegui A, Saks K, Molinier L, Wimo A, Vellas B, Sauerland D, Binot I, Soto ME; on behalf of the RightTimePlaceCare consortium
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Development and validation of Nurses' Moral Courage Scale (2018)
Nursing Ethics
Numminen Olivia, Katajisto Jouko, Leino-Kilpi Helena
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Eettiset kysymykset opettajan työssä (2018) Terveysalan opettajan käsikirja Leino-Kilpi Helena
D2 Article in a professional research book)

Eettiset kysymykset opiskelijan arvioinnissa (2018) Terveysalan opettajan käsikirja Helena Leino-Kilpi
D2 Article in a professional research book)

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