Yet another successful academic year


Yet another successful academic year

Another academic year has flown by! In Finland, summer vacation season has started for many, daylight hours have gotten longer and longer, and we all hope there will be warm, pleasant weather.

On behalf of the Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management at University of Oulu, I would like to take this opportunity to express thanks to our dedicated and hard-working students. We hope you have had rich and rewarding learning experiences and that you feel inspired to further your knowledge and competence and to apply these in your future careers. We hope all you find time to relax this summer and are full of energy for a new academic year!  We want to extend our warmest congratulations to all of our students who have graduated this spring!

I would also like to thank all of those who have been involved in collaborating with staff members on our research unit through various ongoing projects. Your contribution is much appreciated! It is so inspiring when we can share ideas and skills, and work together to achieve common goals.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of our research unit staff members for your dedication and commitment to your work. It is so rewarding to have such a great team of enthusiastic, passionate and productive educators and researchers working on our research unit!

A lot of great things have happened during this academic year! Just to list a few…

  • We have been able to strengthen collaboration with our international partners, for example, in Japan. Through an ongoing project funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education, we developed a Digital Health Module through which students from our unit and from Osaka University were familiarized with issues related to digitalization in healthcare. A symposium on the transformation of practice by digital health technology will be held in Japan in June.

  • The EU funded QualMent (Quality Mentorship for Developing Competent Nursing Students) project kickoff meeting was held in the fall. Since then, experts from six EU countries have diligently worked together on the project outcomes. So far, an evidence-based model on clinical mentors´ competence has been developed and the planning of mentoring education to develop mentors´ competence has begun.  

  • The national TerOpe project which is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM) has been successfully moving forward. The project was awarded with Certificate of Honor by OKM for its inspirational development approach. Currently, the final stages of the project are being conducted during which the national competence of health and social care educators are being defined, continuous educational model developed, digital learning module piloted and shared among all universities with teacher degree programs in health sciences. The final stage will be health and social care educators national and international digital network. 

  • During the spring, we have worked closely with the University of Jyväskylä and Oulu University of Applied Sciences to design and prepare a study program on multidisciplinary and customer-oriented rehabilitation services that will be launched in autumn 2019. The study program contains a total of 30 credits and has been designed within the OKM funded ProKuntoutus project. The courses will be conducted in a multidisciplinary digital environment and are designed for professionals in sports, rehabilitation, social - and healthcare interested in developing evidence-based expertise in various areas of rehabilitation.

  • Continuing education in welfare management will be offered through joint collaboration between the University of Oulu and the University of Lapland by the four disciplines of administrative science, social work, health management science, and nursing science. The education is funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture (OKM). The education is intended primarily for professionals working in northern Finland, for those from different disciplines looking to work in positions where they can promote and manage welfare and to those experts already working in such positions. Recruitment for participation in the education will begin in fall 2019. More information is available through this link.

  • We have worked actively in the HARKKA project financed by the European structural and investment funds (ESR). In this project, experts from universities and universities of applied sciences are working together to develop versatile and multi-professional clinical placement environments and practices in healthcare education and to ensure that healthcare students graduate in a timely fashion and transition smoothly to working life. The project began in the end of the year 2018. During the year 2019, there has been active national collaboration in which the possibilities to collaborate with professionals in working life have been explored and developed.

  • We are currently working on developing an online FutureDigiHealth (FDH) study program that consists a total of 25 credits of coursework. The content of the courses focus on the future of digital healthcare and will give a comprehensive overview on the current digital transformation. The courses will cover issues such as how digital transformation has changed healthcare systems so far, how it will change them in the future and what will be the possible outcomes. The courses are still being developed and will be launched in Autumn 2019.

  • We have been actively involved in the OKM funded Edupal project, through which palliative education for nursing and medical students will be developed. The project contains several work packages and is being conducted in collaboration with 15 universities of applied sciences and 5 universities. Staff from our unit have been involved in the evaluation of current curricula of nursing and medicine, and in the development of a questionnaire for students on future competence needs in palliative care. In addition, our staff members have worked on the development of masters´ level (YAMK) education on palliative care (Palliative care expert 20-35 credits). We have examined the competence of educators responsible for teaching palliative care and are currently conducting a systematic review on this topic. 

I am looking forward to another successful academic year ahead!


Professor Helvi Kyngäs

Director of the Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management

University of Oulu 

Viimeksi päivitetty: 26.6.2019