Nursing Education

Kuopio University Hospital is one of the leading teaching hospitals in Finland. Annually health care students from Finland and abroad, spend over 20.000 clinical practice days in our hospital.

The staff of Kuopio University Hospital is committed to high quality supervision through the clinical practice period. We collect students' feedback with CLES-scale (Clinical Learning Environment-Scale) after every clinical practice and develop our supervision based on the feedback from students. Our aim is that everyone who works as a supervisor/mentor for student in clinical practice, has passed the mentor education course.

Clinical nursing teachers work in co-operation with schools and clinical placements so that we can provide the best clinical practice for every student. Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have anything to ask about the clinical practice in our hospital.


We expect students to possess a level of vaccination coverage equivalent to that required of personnel in the unit they intern in. Vaccination is always voluntary. In the beginning of the internship, on its first day, the student’s level of immunity to COVID-19 is investigated (vaccination or previous illness). Please, read this instruction, fill up the form and take it with you to the clinical practice.

COVID-19 vaccinations for students about to intern at Kuopio University Hospital (DOC)

Student Supervision Scale / Opiskelijaohjauksen laatukysely (CLES)

Contact Information

Minna Taam-Ukkonen
Director of Nursing
tel. (+358) 44 717 5561

Anna-Kaisa Kokkonen
Clinical nursing teacher
Gynaecology and obstetrics
Pre-hospital emergency (paramedics)
Intensive and acute care
Emergency unit
tel. (+358) 44 717 5532

Hanna Happonen
Clinical nursing teacher
tel. (+358) 44 711 3465

Marjut Heiskanen
Clinical nursing teacher
Internal medicine
Deputy department
Pediatric nursing
Secretary Services
tel. (+358) 44 717 5464

Nina Rahkonen
Clinical nursing teacher
Mental health and substance abuse nursing
tel. (+358) 44 717 5661

Heli Intke
Clinical nursing teacher
Diagnostics & radiography
tel. (+358) 44 717 9355

Elina Pääkkönen
Clinical nursing teacher
Perioperative nursing, Pre- and  postoperative surgical nursing, Surgical outpatient clinics, Recovery rooms
Oral and Maxillofacial clinic
ENT outpatient clinic
tel. (+358) 44 717 4846

Clinical Development, Education and Research Unit of Nursing
P.O. Box 100