Kristina Mikkonen

Kristina Mikkonen


Post-doctoral researcher
Health Sciences


I am highly motivated, committed to science, with high standards in working ethics and culture, collaborative and a goal orientated young international researcher. I am an accredited health science teacher (60 ECTS cr, health science educational didactics).

During my early years of post-doctoral research, I became the main coordinator of national TerOpe-research project and international DHM-project.  I have started an international research QualMent EU- funded project on mentors’ competence of nursing education, which I am leading as co-partner at University of Oulu. I am conducting research with national and international collaborators in the projects, actively implementing research outcomes in an educational context with students, educators, researchers and organizational leaders.

Additionally, I have high competence in conducting research in the form of systematic reviews, qualitative data collection and analysis, instrument development, cross-sectional studies, and experimental studies. I have competence to perform simple and complex statistical analyses independently.


Research interests

  • Clinical learning environment and mentoring
  • Cultural and linguistic diversity in healthcare
  • Health sciences teacher competence
  • Complementary education of health sciences teacher
  • Digital health in higher education


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Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Secretary of Nursing Science Association in Finland (HTTS ry)
  • Committee member of Medical Research Centre Education Board
  • Committee member of Nordic Finland project lead by Oulu University Hospital- Development of Nursing Education Structures and Content in Renewable Clinical Structures - Project
  • Student representative in Doctoral training committee for Health and Biosciences 2015-2017
  • Committee member of the Doctoral Students’ Section 2015-2017
  • Member of the Degree programme committee in Nursing Science and Health 2015-2017

Selected publications

  • Pitkänen, Salla; Kääriäinen, Maria; Oikarainen, Ashlee; Tuomikoski, Anna-Maria; Elo, Satu; Ruotsalainen, Heidi; Saarikoski, Mikko; Kärsämänoja, Taina; Mikkonen, Kristina (2018) Healthcare students' evaluation of the clinical learning environment and supervision : a cross-sectional study. - Nurse education today 62, 143-149 . [Original]
  • Oikarainen A, Mikkonen K, Tuomikoski A-M, Elo S, Pitkänen S, Ruotsalainen H, Kääriäinen M. (2017) Mentors' competence in mentoring culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students during clinical placement. - Journal of advanced nursing Epub ahead of print, . [Original]
  • Mikkonen, Kristina; Elo, Satu; Miettunen, Jouko; Saarikoski, Mikko; Kääriäinen, Maria (2017) Clinical learning environment and supervision of international nursing students: A cross-sectional study. - Nurse education today 52, 73-80 . [Original]
  • Mikkonen, Kristina; Elo, Satu; Miettunen, Jouko; Saarikoski, Mikko; Kääriäinen, Maria (2017) Development and testing of the CALDs and CLES plus T scales for international nursing students' clinical learning environments. - Journal of advanced nursing 73 (8), 1997-2011 . [Original]
  • Mikkonen, Kristina (2017) Clinical learning environment and mentoring of culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students. - Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. Series D, Medica 1416. Oulu. Artikkeliväitöskirja. 108. [Original]
  • Mikkonen, Kristina; Elo, Satu; Tuomikoski, Anna-Maria; Kääriäinen, Maria (2016) Mentor experiences of international healthcare students' learning in a clinical environment : A systematic review. - Nurse education today 40, 87-94 . [Original]
  • Mikkonen, Kristina; Elo, Satu; Kuivila, Heli-Maria; Tuomikoski, Anna-Maria; Kaariainen, Maria (2016) Culturally and linguistically diverse healthcare students' experiences of learning in a clinical environment : A systematic review of qualitative studies. - International journal of nursing studies 54 (SI), 173-187 . [Original]

Thesis supervisions

  • Supervision of 17 Master theses (8 ongoing, 10 completed)

    20 Bachelor theses (all completed) 

  • Co-supervision of 5 Doctoral students:

    1. Heli Kuivila

    2. Ashlee Oikarainen

    3. Merja Männistö

    4. Anna-Leena Heinistö

    5. Anniina Tohmola



TerOpe - OKM project

The project will define the national competence requirements of health care teachers, develop and integrate a model for updating education, pilot a
University of Oulu, 2016

Digital Health Module in Postgraduate Higher Education

The aim of the project is to develop, implement and evaluate an evidence-based Digital Health Module in Postgraduate Higher Education curriculum in