Professor Tiny Jaarsma


  • Professor in Caring Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Linköping, Sweden
  • Professorial Fellow, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, ACU

Professor Tiny Jaarsma (RN NFESC FAHA FAAN) is a Professor in Caring Sciences at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Linköping, Sweden.


Her research focuses on the consequences of heart failure for patients and their families and

interventions to enhance their self-care. Her research has been published in over 250

publications ranging from short practical communications to scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.


Professor Jaarsma was trained as a nurse in Groningen (NL) and worked with cardiac patients from 1988, on the cardiology ward and in the Heart Failure clinic. She received her Masters degree from the University of Maastricht in 1992, as part of a Nurse Fellowship of the Netherlands Heart Foundation. She studied for six months at the UCLA in 1993 and completed her doctoral degree in 1999, with a thesis entitled “Heart Failure: Nurses’ Care”. Her professional activities include membership of national and international committees and guidelines (ESC, AHA), reviewer and member of editorial boards of peer- reviewed journals. She is the editor- in chief of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing and the chair of the Science Committee of the ESC Council of Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals, involved in the Nursing Council of the AHA, and is a former board member of the Heart Failure Association of the ESC.