Scientific committee

Docent, PhD Mari Kangasniemi is working as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Nursing Science, University of Tartu, Estonia and as a University Researcher at the University of Turku, Finland. She has worked at the university as a full-time researcher and teacher since 2002. Her main research interest is focused on nursing and health care ethics, including professional ethics, rights and regulations, collegiality, and patient and client rights, duties and responsibilities. She is also investigating the change of social and health care work and environmental responsibility in patient care. Kangasniemi have published peer-reviewed scientific papers on her topics, acting as a research group leader and a member of national and international multidisciplinary research groups, supervisor and teacher for academic degrees and the lecturer and expert in various scientific and societal groups and tasks.


She is looking forward to the conference as the event for shared knowledge and inspiration for further research and development.


Arja Häggman-Laitila acts as a Professor of Nursing Science at the University of Eastern Finland in nursing leadership and as a Chief nursing officer at the City of Helsinki in social and health care. Her current research focuses on the nursing leadership of effective client work and patient care and on the attractiveness of nursing. Her focus is also on the leadership in digitalized environments.


She regards the main topic of the conference inspiring and expects to get ideas on how to lead future nurses from a comprehensive perspective.  



Tiina Freimann is the Chief Nurse of Tartu University Hospital and Chair of the Estonian Nurse Directors Association. She acts also as a teacher at the University of Tartu and the Tartu Health Care College. Her research has focused on health risks of nurses' work environment.


She hopes that the first conference of the Estonian Nurse Directors Association will bring together many participants who wish to create a comprehensive view on nursing leadership.

Saima Hinno holds a PhD degree and is currently working at Tartu Health Care College as Head of Nursing and Midwifery Department. Her research interest concerns professional practice environment and nursing education. Currently she is a board member of European Academy of Nursing Science. She is a representative of Estonia in the European COST Action, Rationing - Missed Nursing care: An international and multidimensional problem. 


She will contribute to the success of the conference while promoting the discussions related to leadership and professional development in nursing.


Ülle Ernits is the Rector of Tallinn Health Care College in Estonia since 2006. As a Rector she is able to influence the training of the future health care professionals and contribute actively to the working groups of the field. She has education in nursing, social pedagogy and social work. In 2018 she defended a PhD dissertation in nursing science in Tampere University, Finland.


Moreover, she belongs to the Rectors’ Conference of Universities of Applied Sciences of Estonia. She is also a member of the Erasmus+ and LLP-ERASMUS Steering Committee, the Health Care Professional Council, Chancellor of Justice’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Estonian Nurses´ Association, and the Estonian Association for Advancement of Vocational Education.


She hopes that the conference will give inspiration and different development ideas to implement for the heads of nurses.