Prof. Dr. MD. Tarja Pölkki
Prof. Dr. Tarja Pölkki RN, PhD is an Adjunct Professor (clinical nursing science) in the University of Oulu. Currently, she is working as a Specialist in Clinical Nursing Science at the Department of Children and Women in Oulu University Hospital leading the research projects focused on the care of pediatric patients and families. Her research interests include the areas of pain assessment and pain management in pediatric patients, aimed at the use of non-pharmacological methods and their effectiveness of pain, fear and anxiety. Tarja did her PhD-studies on children’s post-operative pain management from the viewpoints of children, parents and nurses. After that, she has focused on neonatal pain care developing in her research team the Neonatal Infant Acute Pain Assessment Scale (NIAPAS) for assessing infants’ pain in neonatal intensive care units. She is also interested in using digital innovations in pediatric surgery process, developing patient- and family-centered care, and examining how virtual environment including natural elements can increase the well-being of child in a hospital setting. Tarja Pölkki has been as a Principal Investigator in the international European Survey research project focusing on neonatal pain care and an Editor-In-Chief in the Scientific National Journal. Currently, she is a member in the research and education group of PEARL (Pain in Early Life). She is also taking part in several multidisciplinary and innovative projects, such as YSI (University hospitals as innovation platforms) and the Virtual Hospital 2.0 http://www.terveyskyla.fi Improving healthcare services for citizens, patients and medical professionals.