EduPal - Developing palliative nursing and medical education through multi-disciplinary cooperation and working life collaboration

Project description

EduPal project is funded by Ministry of Education and Culture.

The aims of this project are:

1. To study the current state of the education in palliative nursing and medicine in Finland and compare it to the international recommendations;

2. To create a three-level competency description for palliative nursing and medicine (basic A, and specialist B, C levels) in multidisciplinary cooperation with experts from the working life;

3. To create a national recommendation to include palliative care in undergraduate studies to provide basic competency in palliative care to nursing and medical students;

4. To create a national recommendation for special education in palliative nursing and medicine to provide specialist competency in palliative care;

5. In addition, the project will develop cooperation between Master’s degrees at universities of applied sciences and science universities, R&D activities related to palliative care. The project will also contribute to a national, multidisciplinary network of palliative care experts that will promote education and research in palliative care.

Project coordinator

Kajaani University of Applied Sciences

Project results

The results of this project provide internationally comparable recommendations for undergraduate and special education in of palliative nursing and medicine, which are based on competency descriptions in different levels of palliative care. The project will also deepen teachers’ competence, affirm students’ competence, enhance their working life skills and contribute to flexible study paths. Finnish education in palliative nursing and medicine reaches a high level complying with international standards.


Project partners: 
Kajaani University of Applied Sciences (main coordinator), Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Diakonia University of Applied Sciences, Centria University of Applied Sciences, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Saima University of Applied Sciences, University of Helsinki, Tampere University, University of Oulu, University of Turku, University of Eastern-Finland 


Pirjo Kaakinen

Pirjo Kaakinen

Post doc researcher, Senior lecturer