Health Care and Nursing Education

Health Care and Nursing Education

Research programme focuses on improving the quality of health care education and health care educator education and training. For the improvement, the programme aims to analyze, evaluate and develop the quality of learning outcomes in health care education, in the clinical learning environment and the competence of health care educators.

The specific goals of this research programme is to evaluate different learning outcomes in basic health care education; to develop instruments for the evaluation of the quality of learning outcomes; to improve the quality of health care education; to evaluate and develop the clinical learning environment; to evaluate and develop the competence of health care educators, and to maintain discussion about the quality of health care education.

Research is conducted in collaboration with national and international partners. National partners consists of different universities and universities of applied science, vocational institutions of social and health care and health care organizations. International partners consist of researchers and teachers in different universities.

RENE research group (Research in Nursing Education) is established to promote and strengthen the research in the field of health care education. The RENE research group started at 2012.

Head of the Programme

New Nurse Educator

» See project website of New Nurse Educator

The aim of this three phased research and innovation project is to improve and unify the nurse educator education within Europe. The purpose of the first phase of the project is to explore and describe the education and competence of nurse educators within Europe and to find out the areas with most need for improvement in nurse educator education and continuing professional education of the educators. The purpose of the second phase of the project is to develop, implement and evaluate an international nurse educator study program worth 30 ECTS. The purpose of the third phase of the research project is to form common recommendations for nurse educator education and write a handbook for nurse educators in Europe.

This research and innovation project is a European collaboration project between six countries and seven universities. The partners in the project are University of Turku and University of Eastern Finland from Finland, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Humboldt University of Berlin from Germany, The University of Edinburgh from Scotland, University of Malta from Malta, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra from Slovakia and International University of Catalunya from Spain.

The project was launched in September 2020. All the partner countries were members of the European Union  at the time of the initiation of the project. EU Directive 2005/36/EC, Directive 2013/55/EU and the European Qualifications Framework (EC 2008) guide nursing education. The project is co-funded by Erasmus+ of the European Union.


University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science

Principal coordinator

Leena Salminen, Professor, Nurse Director University Hospital of Turku (part time)


  • Helena Leino-Kilpi, Professor, Head of the Department, Nurse Director (part-time)
  • Imane Elonen, MNSc, project assistant
  • Sanna Koskinen, PhD
  • Heli Virtanen, PhD, University teacher

Master students

  • Anna-Kaisa Nikkilä, University of Helsinki

University of Eastern Finland, Department of Nursing Science

  • Terhi Saaranen, Professor
  • Juha Pajari, MNSc, PhD candidate
  • Anneli Vauhkonen, PhD candidate


Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin /Humboldt University of Berlin

  • Michael Ewers, Professor
  • Nicole Lallini, PhD
  • Simone Campos-Silva, PhD
  • Bettina Glunde, PhD


University of Malta

  • Maria Cassar, PhD
  • Michelle Camilleri, PhD


The University of Edinburgh

  • Susanne Kean, PhD
  • Haycock Stuart, PhD
  • Jamie Smith, PhD
  • Fiona Cuthill, PhD


Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra

  • Andrea Solgajová, PhD
  • Danka Zrubcová, PhD
  • Luboslava Pavelová, PhD
  • Tomas Sollar, PhD


International University of Catalonia, Department of Nursing

  • Pilar Fuster Linares, PhD, Professor
  • Laia Capellades Wennberg, PhD, Adjunct professor
  • Leandra Martin, PhD


  • Professor Leena Salminen (Chair), University of Turku
  • MNSc Imane Elonen (secretary), University of Turku
  • Dr. Nicole Lallini, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Professor Terhi Saaranen, University of Eastern Finland
  • Dr. Susanne Kean, The University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Maria del Pilar Fuster Linares
  • Adjunct Professor Laia Capellades Wennberg, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
  • Dr. Danka Zrubcová, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra
  • Dr. Michelle Camilleri, University of Malta

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