Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences, Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa, 2002.
Researcher caring science Åbo Academy University, Vaasa, 2004—2006. Associate professor Arcada, Swedish University Applied Sciences, Helsinki, since 2002, program manager, since 2006.
Member of Finnish Society Nursing Science.
Married Mikael H:son Furu, April 26, 2007. Married Juha Markku Sääksjärvi, September 23, 1975 (divorced April 26, 2002). Children: Sanna Catarina Sääksjärvi, Maria Carolina Sääksjärvi, Markus Petter Sääksjärvi, Nelly Karin Sääksjärvi.