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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Effectiveness of mobile cooperation intervention on students' clinical learning outcomes: A randomized controlled trial (2018)
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Camilla Strandell‐Laine, Mikko Saarikoski, Eliisa Löyttyniemi, Riitta Meretoja, Leena Salminen, Helena Leino‐Kilpi
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Effectiveness of nursing interventions among patients with cancer: An overview of systematic reviews (2018)
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Tuominen L, Stolt M, Meretoja R, Leino-Kilpi H
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Empowering education of arthroplasty patients' significant others in three Southern European countries. (2018)
International Journal of Older People Nursing
Copanitsanou P, Sourtzi P, Cano S, Cabrera E, Charalambous A, Katajisto J, Leino-Kilpi H, Papastavrou E, Valkeapää K, Zabalegui A, Lemonidou C
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Ethics interventions for healthcare professionals and students: A systematic review (2018)
Nursing Ethics
Minna Stolt, Helena Leino-Kilpi, Minka Ruokonen, Hanna Repo, Riitta Suhonen
A2 Review article in a scientific journal)

Finnish graduating nursing students' research utilization competence (2018)
Journal of Nursing Education and Practice
Heikkilä Asta, Hupli Maija, Katajisto Jouko, Leino-Kilpi Helena
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Fokuksessa sairaanhoitajan osaaminen (2018)
Pro terveys
Salminen Leena, Leino-Kilpi HelenaD1 Article in a trade journal

Hoitotiede Suomen yliopistoissa tänään : Turun yliopisto (2018)
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Suhonen R, Axelin A, Leino-Kilpi H
B1 Journal article)

Hoitotiedettä 30 vuotta - uuden tieteenalan synty ja vakiintuminen (2018) Leino-Kilpi H, Hupli M, Mäkinen A, Salminen L
D5 Text book, professional manual or guide or a dictionary)

Hoitotyönjohtaja puhaltaa pelin poikki (2018)
Pro terveys
Pohjanoksa J, Suhonen R, Leino-Kilpi H
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Hoitotyöntekijöiden itsearvioimat tuki- ja liikuntaelinvaivat (2018)
Tutkiva Hoitotyö
Stolt Minna, Kielo Emilia, Katajisto Jouko, Suhonen Riitta, Leino-Kilpi Helena
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Individualised Nursing Care of Operative Surgical Patients (2018) Individualized Care Helena Leino-Kilpi, Sunna Rannikko
B2 Book chapter)

Informational Privacy in the Recovery Room—Patients' Perspective (2018)
Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing
Hannele Koivula-Tynnilä, Anna Axelin, Helena Leino-Kilpi
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Inter-rater agreement of the Quality of Life-Alzheimer's Disease (QoL-AD) self-rating and proxy rating scale: secondary analysis of RightTimePlaceCare data (2018)
Romhild J, Fleischer S, Meyer G, Stephan A, Zwakhalen S, Leino-Kilpi H, Zabalegui A, Saks K, Soto-Martin M, Sutcliffe C, Hallberg IR, Berg A; and on behalf of the RightTimePlaceCare Consortium
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Jalkaterveyden johtaminen - tietoa ja yhteisvastuuta (2018)
Pro terveys
Stolt Minna, Leino-Kilpi Helena
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Johtaja kollegiaalisuutta tukemassa (2018)
Pro terveys
Koskenvuori Janika, Stolt Minna, Leino-Kilpi Helena
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Kollegiaalisuutta jalkauttamassa (2018)
Koskenvuori J, Stolt M, Leino-Kilpi H
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Miten kohtaan aivoverenkiertohäiriöpotilaan arvokkaasti? (2018)
Rannikko Sunna, Stolt Minna, Suhonen Riitta, Leino-kilpi Helena
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Moraalista rohkeutta hoitotyön johtoon (2018)
Pro terveys
Numminen O, Gustafsson N, Leino-Kilpi H
D1 Article in a trade journal)

Nurses' perceptions of their foot health: implications for occupational health care. (2018)
Workplace Health and Safety
Stolt M, Miikkola M, Suhonen R, Leino-Kilpi H
A1 Journal article – refereed)

Opiskelijan ja potilaan välinen suhde (2018) Terveysalan opettajan käsikirja Helena Leino-Kilpi, Sanna Koskinen, Arja Suikkala
D2 Article in a professional research book)

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