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Kristiina Hyrkäs, PhD, LicNSc, MNSc, RN

Director, Center for Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes, Maine Medical Center

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Southern Maine

Dr. Kristiina Hyrkäs is the director of the Center for Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes at Maine Medical Center. Her clinical background is in adult medical-surgical and oncology nursing and she has a master's degree in nursing education. She completed her PhD and LicNSc (equivalent to the Doctor of Nursing Practice [DNP]) degrees at the University of Tampere, Finland.

Dr. Hyrkäs has extensive international experience as a nurse researcher in clinical and university settings in Canada, Finland, the UK, and the US, and her research focuses on health care quality, evidence-based nursing, assessment tools, and clinical supervision, teaching and education. Her research utilizes different methodologies including qualitative and quantitative methods, mixed-methods, triangulation, and other analytic strategies.

Dr. Hyrkäs is the Editor of the Journal of Nursing Management and serves as a peer reviewer for 12 scientific nursing journals. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor for the University of Southern Maine, School of Nursing, and provides mentorship for several Master's, DNP and PhD students, and research practicums and theses.

Research Interests

• Adult medical-surgical and oncology nursing
• Qualitative research
• Health care quality