Members of the research group
The research group “Life phenomena and quality of life” consists of members from the Faculty of Health Sciences, UiS. This group has strong bonds to Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at the University of Bergen (IGS-UiB) through a cooperation agreement. This implies that some members are associated members recruited from the research group at IGS-UiB.
Head of the research group
Kari Kaldestad is a PhD candidate at the Department of Caring Science, Åbo Akademi University. The overall purpose of this study is to develop knowledge about the ontology of dignity and women’s experience in old age as sick and recipient of assistance from homecare. The design is hermeneutical. This involves an interpretive methodology in which the new understanding is created through the fusion of various comprehensive horizons. Gadamer`s philosophical hermeneutics serves as a theoretical foundation for the interpretation process. The philosophical hermeneutics are combined with the caring science tradition as developed at Åbo Akademi University.
Kristin Kavli Adriansen
Kristin Kavli Adriansen is Nurse Educator and Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Stavanger. She holds a PhD in the interdisciplinary field of history and social medicine from The University of Bergen. Adriansen’s research has a feminist and cultural historic angle, focusing on historic, social and cultural conditions that contributed to establish, shape and change nursing as a female vocation. This research may well enlighten the understanding of social powers and change mechanisms which have influenced women’s’ lives and work conditions, possibilities and resources in the past, but also provides concepts and enhances critical analysis of current issues in the field. Adriansen works closely with nurse historians both nationally and internationally, and contributes to enlighten the focus on nursing traditions and history in Europe.
Siv Tove Aunan
Siv Tove Aunan is a lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences for students in the Advanced Education Programme in Cancer Nursing and the Bachelor Programme in Nursing. She is educated as a cancer nurse and has been working at the cancer unit in Stavanger University Hospital for 17 years.
Aunan has a master’s degree from University of Stavanger; her research interest is women with early stage breast cancer and quality of life. The theme is:“ Quality of life in women with breast cancer during treatment”. To meet women`s need for information she designed a “Breast cancer school” (BCS), offering women with breast cancer in early stage adjuvant treatment. It is a two days course and a integrated part of the treatment. The courses is on Learning- and Mastery center by the hospital and those who teach are specialist in different topics. About 180 women have participated. We got best poster by innovation NSF national conference September 2016 for this project.
Lise Sæstad Beyene
Lise Sæstad Beyene is a psychiatric nurse and PhD candidate in Health Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Beyene’s ongoing PhD- study is named: “Shared decision making – Implementation and evaluation through clinical supervision from a patient safety perspective in a therapeutic milieu”. Her previous research includes assertiveness in mental health.
Grethe Heidi Bjerga
Grethe Heidi Bjerga is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger. Grethe H. Bjerga is a phd candidate in Faculty of education and welfare studies, Unity of Caring Science, Åbo akademi, Finland. Her research has a theoretical, philosophical and empirical approach to the concept formation and becoming. The ongoing Phd.study is named “Formation-to become who you are”. She has worked actively for establishing a Master course in supervision for professions. Ongoing research projects deal with how develop ethical practices, cooperating with Stavanger University Hospital.
Elin Dysvik is Professor emerita in Nursing Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger and has a specialisation in anaesthesia and operating room nursing. Her previous research interests are related to support groups based on CBT for people suffering from chronic pain (quantitative and qualitative approach) and support groups for people suffering from loss by death (qualitative approach). Ongoing research project deal with health services to people suffering from chronic pain and obese people. She has worked actively for establishing a Master program in anaesthesia, intensive and operating room nursing, and has been the leader from the start in 2014-2017. She has been a supervisor for PhD students as well as master students. Dysvik is also responsible for a program for colleagues who want to strengthen their competence beyond Master’s degree towards Senior Lecturer.
Nina Egeland is a Public Health nurse and phd candidate at the Department of Caring Science, Åbo Akademi, Finland. Her research has a theoretical, philosophical and empirical approach to the concept of “seeing the person/patient”. The overall purpose is to create substance to the concept of seeing in a caring context. The phd study is named: “seeing the human being”.
Bodil Furnes is Professor in Nursing Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Stavanger. Her previous research incorporate therapeutic writing as a tool in the grief process in persons recently bereaved through death of a close relation. Furnes’ research concerns “to live with and managing chronic pain”. Therapeutic writing and exploring loss and grief associated with a chronic pain situation are central part in this research. In addition, these topics are extended to include other patients in challenging life situations. Furnes’ research are also related to people suffering from obesity.
Anita Madland Flåten
Anita Madland Flåten is child welfare officer, Interdisciplinary supervisor, Integrative therapist and teacher in Social Science connected to supervision. She has a masters degree in Mental health from University of Stavanger. Flåtens’s research interest is related to group process in grief group for bereaved people.
Kine Gjesdal is a PhD candidate in Health Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research is mainly related to chronic pain management. Gjesdal`s ongoing PhD- study is named: “Living with chronic pain. A qualitative study exploring the public health care, patient experiences and care specific challenges”. Her previous research includes neuropathic pain and the use of spinal cord stimulation.
Britt Marit Haga
Britt Marit Haga is a PhD candidate in Health Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research is mainly related to life phenomena when suffering from overweight and obesity. Haga’s ongoing PhD- study is named: “Existential experiences when suffering from overweight and obesity. A qualitative study”. Haga has a honours degree of health/Cand.San from The University of Oslo, and her thesis is related to normative perspectives of care in the welfare state.
Turid Anita Jaastad
Turid Anita Jaastad is a registered nurse and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Department of Caring Science, Åbo Akademi University in Vaasa. Her research is mainly related to patient’s experiences to enter into a relationship with caregivers. Jaastad`s ongoing PhD – study is named: “A study of human beings experiences with being a patient in light of a Caring Science perspective”
This is a qualitative study exploring the patient experiences to enter into a relationship with caregivers and what this means to alleviate patient suffering and promote health.
Aina Bjerkeli Lekens
Aina B. Lekens is a university lector at Faculty of Health Sciences. She has a Masters degree in clinical nursing with a speciality as a nurse anesthesist. The title of her masters thesis is Effect of alveolar recruitment maneuver during general anesthesia - a systematic review. Lekens’s field of interest is in quality improvement and implementation of advanced nursing in a surgical setting. She is applying for a PhD in anesthetic nursing.
Ida Mykkeltveit is an assistant professor, operating room nurse at the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is also a course coordinator at Master in operating room nursing. She has a Master’s degree in Evidence-based Practice in the Health Sciences, Bergen.
Themes for research projects are 1) to describe students’ experiences with the new Master program and implications for practice as an operating room nurse and 2) translate and implementing an observation and assessment tool for non-technical skills that provide a formal framework for feedback and assessing operating room students.
Else Cathrine Rustad
Else Cathrine Rustad is working at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. She is Head of Bachelor in Nursing, campus Haugesund at the Section Department of health and caring sciences. Else Cathrine Rustad has a PhD in Health Science. The doctoral thesis dealt with: “Continuity of care from hospital to municipal health care. Experiences of older patients, Next of kin and nurses”. The aim of her PhD study was to explore how people 80 years of age or older, their caregivers and nurses from both health care levels, experience the care transition from hospital to municipal health-care services.
Kristine Rørtveit is associate professor at the Master in Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences. She is also a clinical psychiatric nurse at the Stavanger University Hospital (SUS) with a special expertise in eating disorders and senior advisor in qualitative research at the Research Department. She is a member of the research group on anxiety and mood-disorders at SUS. Her clinical work is related to binge eating problems and mothers with eating disorders. Her research focuses on nursing aspects in the patient-nurse relationship especially guilt and shame, trust and uncertainty in illness. She is also involved in research targeting obesity, binge eating problems as well as qualitative processes in lifestyle concerns in persons with mental health illness.
Malene Søiland is a registered nurse and university teacher at the Faculty of Health Sciences. She has a master degree in executive management at BI Norwegian Business School in Stavanger. Her areas of interests is related to management of nursing.
Venke Ueland is a PhD from Department of Caring Science Åbo Akademi University, Vasa / Associated professor at Faculty of Health Sciences. The doctoral thesis dealt with: Longing – a Dynamic Power in the Becoming of Health. The study develop a theoretical model of longing by focusing on the universal substance of longing. Gadamer’s ontological hermeneutics was chosen to guide the interpretation process of philosophical texts from Augustine, Kierkegaard and interview of women suffering from cancer. The theoretical model of longing yields a deeper insight into ontological health processes by providing a basic understanding of longing as a health giving power in suffering. Her research topics includes: the Life Phenomenon longing, existential experiences related to obesity and cancer treatment care.
Elin Salemonsen is a public health nurse and PhD candidate in Health Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Salemonsen`s ongoing PhD- study is named: “Shared decision making in Healthy Life Centers in primary care– Service users`- and health professionals` experiences and perceptions in shared decision making processes in matter pertaining to lifestyle change and health promotion for people affected by overweight and obesity.” Her previous research includes fathers role and concerns for their overweight and obese children.
Associate professor Evy Gundersen
Jorunn Drageset, professor at University of Bergen
Tor Ivar Karlsen, associate professor at University of Agder
Gry Ciekals Wallgren, lector at Stavanger University Hospital
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