TURUN YLIOPISTO

University of Turku (UTU), established in 1920, is an internationally competitive research-led university whose operation is based on high-level research. As one of the leading universities in Finland, the University of Turku offers study and research opportunities in seven faculties. Faculty of Medicine includes the Department of Nursing Science, established in 1986. The Department is a versatile unit offering high-quality education and research. The task is to maintain academic
learning, develop nursing science research and promote the implementation of research-based nursing and health care. The Department educates students in the health sciences (main subject nursing science) at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels.

Partners from the Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland


Minna Stolt, PhD (nursing science), Docent, FEANS, FFPM RCPS(Glasg), works as a university lecturer at the Department of Nursing Science. Her research focus on functional health of patients with long-term health problems and quality of care in different levels of rehabilitation and care settings. Her teaching areas focus on research methods (such as literature reviews and instrument development and validation), academic writing and supervision of researchers in their theses.


Heli Virtanen, PhD (nursing science), RN, works as a university teacher at the Department of Nursing Science. Her research focus on quality of content and methods of empowering patient education and competence of educational activities in different fields of nursing and nursing science. Her teaching areas focus on health pedagogy in nursing science, theory of nursing science and supervision of researchers in their theses.


Katrin Pernica, MNSc, MW, works as a project researcher at the Department of Nursing Science. Her research interests are in the field of empowering patient education with the focus on the learning and teaching process and the social interaction between patient/client and health care professional.