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.
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.
Maria Ravndal is a lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences for students in the bachelor nursing. She is educated as a critical care nurse and have been working at the Intensive Care Unit, Stavanger for 15 years. Ravndal has a masters degree from University of Stavanger; her research interest is patient saftety and tema was: “ Reporting of advers events at a hospital – employee`s experiences with an electric reporting system”. Has also been a member of an group developing a new “National evidence-based clinical procedure” which were released I January 2017. The procedure is about regarding patient safety : “Deteriorating condition of the patient in the ward – the establishment and operation of a system for early detection and systematic follow up".
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
Grethe Heidi Bjerga
Grethe H. Bjerga is a phd candidate in Fakulteten för pedagogik och välfärdsstudier, Enheten för vårdvetenskap 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”.
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.
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 with a special expertise in eating disorders. 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.
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.
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.
Elin Dysvik is Professor in Nursing Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is the leader of the research group “Life phenomena and quality of life”, which was established in 2012. She is also the leader of the Master program in anesthesia, intensive and operating room nursing which started in 2014. Dysvik’s research interests are related to people suffering from chronic pain and overweight, cognitive therapy, grief and how to establish evidence based nursing care in the operating room and intensive care units.
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.
Venke Ueland has a PhD (HVDr) in Caring Science. 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. She is also involved in research of nurses process of ‘becoming’- when working in the field of death and dying. Ueland’s further research topic are related to how people experience life when suffering from obesity
Gerd Karin Natvig
Gerd Karin Natvig is a Professor II in Nursing Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UiS and a Professor at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care at UiB, where she is the leader of the research group in Life Phenomena and Quality of Life. Her main research experience is within Quality of Life. She has participated in projects that address a number of themes that are of both a clinical and a health-promoting nature, and which focus on groups across all segments of society: healthy and sick; from childhood to old age; and that are specific to chronic health issues.
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.
Else Cathrine Rustad
Else Cathrine Rustad is a PhD candidate in Health Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences. The aim of her PhD study is to explore how people ³ 80 years of age, their caregivers and nurses from both health care levels, experience the care transition from hospital to municipal health-care services. The research is funded through the Western Norway Regional Health Authority, and associated with FOUSAM (R&D unit for coordination), a cooperation project between Helse Fonna, Stord/Haugesund University College and the municipals in the region.
Lector Evy Gundersen
Lector Otto Aareskjold
Lector Ida Mykkeltveit
PhD candidat Tone Haugs
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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