The Finnish Doctoral Education Network in Nursing Science coordinates doctoral courses in nursing science in co-operation with University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, University of Tampere, University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University. The international aspect of courses has been enhanced, and each course will have international scope with international researchers.

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All lectures are in English. The language of seminars depends on Doctoral Candidates’ language.

Course programme 2019

Empowering patient education, on line course, 25ECTS
September 2 ->, 2019
University of Turku
University Lecturer Heli Virtanen
Registration has ended

Integrated care and nursing research, 5 ECTS
September 18-20, 2019
Tampere University
University lecturer Katja Joronen
Registration has ended

The substance and theory development in caring theories, 6 ECTS
September 23-24 and November 14-15, 2019
Åbo Akademi
Professor Lisbeth Fagerström
Registration has ended

Perspective of Gerontological Research in Nursing Science
November 5 – 7, 2019
University of Turku
Professor Riitta Suhonen
Registration by October 21st, 2019

Ethics in health care and nursing research, 5 ECTS
November 25 -27, 2019
University of Turku
Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi
Registration by November 10th, 2019


Upcoming courses in 2020
Spring 2020

Systematic literary review
University of Oulu

Mixed methods research in nursing science
26.-27.5.2020
University of Turku

Autumn 2020

Perspectives on family health and family nursing research, 5 ECTS
11-13.11.2020
Tampere University
Professor Päivi Åstedt-Kurki, Tampere University

Nursing Education Research, 6 ECTS
1-3.12.2020
University of Eastern Finland
Professor Terhi Saaranen, University of Eastern Finland

Previous courses

Theory development and testing 5ECTS
February 5-6, 2019
University of Oulu
Professor Maria Kääriäinen, University of Oulu

Registers, Big Data and Data Mining – Possibilities and Challenges in Nursing and Health Research, 6 ETCS
March 26-28, 2019
University of Eastern Finland
Professor Katri Vehviläinen-Julkunen, University of Eastern Finland

Digital interventions in nursing and health, 4 ECTS
June 5-7, 2019
University of Turku
Professor Sanna Salanterä, University of Turku

Systematic Review5 ECTS
April 10. – 12.4.2018
University of Oulu
Professor Maria Kääriäinen, University of Oulu

Perspectives of Mental Health and Well-Being in Nursing Research, 6 ECTS
April 25. – 27., 2018
University of Turku
Docent Lauri Kuosmanen, PhD Mari Lahti, PhD Evanthia Sakellari, University of Turku


Improving the quality and safety of health care through outcomes research, 8 ECTS
August 20. – 24., 2018
University of Tampere
Professor Tarja Suominen, University of Tampere and prof. Sean Clark RN, PhD, Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA

Readings for the course


Ethos and exitential issues in caring and healthcare, 6 ECTS
October 11. – 12. and November 21. – 22., 2018
Åbo Akademi University
Professor Lisbeth Fagerström, Åbo Akademi University

Nursing Education Research, 6 ETCS
November 5.-7. 2018
University of Turku
Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi, University of Turku

Action Research in Nursing Science, 6 ECTS
November 12.-14. 2018
University of Eastern Finland
Professor Hannele Turunen, University of Eastern Finland

Empowering Patient Education symposium 2018
December 13th – 14th, 2018
University of Turku

Perspective of Nursing Theory Development, 5 ECTS
6.-7. February, 2017
University of Oulu
Professor Helvi Kyngäs, University of Oulu

Perspective of Complex Clinical Trials in Nursing Science, 6 ECTS
31. May – 1. June,  2017
University of Turku
Professor Sanna Salanterä, University of Turku

Perspective of Research on Health Promotion: Ethical and Philosophical Questions of Methodology, 6 ECTS
Lectures 21.-22.9.2017
Seminars 16.-17.11.2017
University of Eastern Finland

Family Nursing Research, 6 ECTS

Lectures 30th of November–1st of December, 2017
University of Tampere
Professor Päivi Åstedt-Kurki and Professor Marja Kaunonen, University of Tampere


The Essence of the Caring Theory,
6 ECTS
Lecture November 15. – 16.2017 and virtual seminars on January 24. – 25. 2018
Åbo Akademi University
Professor Lisbeth Fagerström and docent Camilla Koskinen, Åbo Akademi University