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 has a PhD (HVDr) i Caring Science, and is the head of the research group. The doctoral thesis dealt with “Human dignity in virtue of the sacred space”. The study developed knowledge about the inner being of dignity, the ontology of dignity, and how older women experience dignity, currently and in a lived life. She did this using Gadamers ontological hermeneutics as her methodology. In her current research, she is working on developing ethical practice i hospital care. She also runs a hermeneutical reading group for researchs in the group.
Kristin Kavli Adriansen
Kristin Kavli Adriansen is an Associate Professor at the 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 , historical and cultural angle, focusing on conditions that contributed to establishing, shaping and changing nursing into a female vocation. Her research serves not only to create an understanding of the social powers and change mechanisms which influenced women’s’ lives, working 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 nationally and internationally, and contributes to the focus on nursing history and traditions and in Europe.
Siv Tove Aunan
Siv Tove Aunan is a lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences, teaching students both in the Advanced Education Programme in Cancer Nursing and the bachelor Programme in Nursing. She is a cancer nurse, with 17 years of experience from the cancer unit in Stavanger University Hospital. Aunan has a masters degree from University of Stavanger. Her key research interest is knowledge needs of women with breast cancer. Aunan’s article, “Breast cancer survivors’ experiences of dealing with information during‐and after adjuvant treatment: A qualitative study” was published in October 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Nursing. Aunan is currently working on a male prostate cancer 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 "Shared decision making – Implementation and evaluation through clinical supervision from a patient safety perspective in a therapeutic milieu”. Her previous research includes a study of assertiveness in mental health.
Grethe Heidi Bjerga
Grethe Heidi Bjerga is a lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger, and PhD candidate at Faculty of Education and Welfare studies, Unity of Caring Science, Åbo akademi, Finland. Her research has a theoretical, philosophical and empirical approach to the concepts of formation and becoming. Her ongoing doctoral work is titled “Formation-to become who you are”. She has worked actively to establish a masters subject in Professional Supervision. Another current research project with Stavanger University Hospital deals with developing ethical practices in nursing.
Professor Emerita in Nursing Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger, specialising in anaesthesia and operating room nursing. Previously she has researched CBT-based support groups for people suffering from chronic pain and support groups for people suffering from bereavement . Her current research projects deal with health services for people suffering from chronic pain, obesity and cancer treatment care. She has worked actively to establish a Masters program in anaesthesia, intensive and operating room nursing, and headed the programme from 2014-2017. She has also supervised PhD candidates and master students. Dysvik is currently responsible for a competency building program for academic staff who want to build upon masters degrees to attain Associate Professorships.
Nina Egeland is a Public health nurse and lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences. She teaches in the Public Health Nursing masters programme. Her research is within Caring Science and Ethics. She is currently working with the concept of “Seeing the person/patient” from a theoretical, philosophical and empirical perspective. She is also involved in the research project "Ethical practice in hospital care”.
Bodil Furnes is Professor in Nursing Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Stavanger. Her previous research incorporates therapeutic writing as a tool in the grief process in persons recently bereaved through death of a close relation. Furnes’ current research explores living with and managing chronic pain. Therapeutic writing and exploring loss and grief associated with a chronic pain situation are central to her research. Furnes’ also researches obesity.
Kine Gjesdal is an associate professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, and has recently completed her PhD " Exploring experiences of chronic pain care from the perspectives of patients and nurses: A qualitative study". Her specialisation is chronic pain management. She has earlier conducted research on neuropathic pain and the use of spinal cord stimulation.
Britt Marit Haga
Britt Marit Haga is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Haga’s ongoing PhD study is titled: "Existential experiences when suffering from overweight and obesity: A qualitative study”. Haga has a honours degree in Health/Cand.San from The University of Oslo, and her thesis dealt with normative perspectives of care in the welfare state.
Unn Elisabeth Hammervold
Unn Elisabeth Hammervold is a mental health nurse and PhD candidate in Health science at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Hammervold’s ongoing PhD project is titled: “Patients’ and care providers experiences with post-incident review after restraints in mental health services”. Her previous research include “Service users’ experiences with restraints in mental health services”.
Maria Handeland is a nurse by education and profession and she works as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Stavanger. She has a Cand. Philol. degree from the Norwegian Teaching Academy in Bergen, where she majored in Knowledge of Christianity, with a particular focus on theological disciplines. Her professional interests centres, among other things, on views of humanity in relation to nursing.
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.
Camilla Koskinen is RN, PhD (Health Sciences/Caring Science, Åbo Akademi University) and associate professor in Clinical Caring Science at Åbo Akademi University, where she has been lecturing and doing research since the year 2011. She has a position as professor in Caring Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger. Koskinen wrote her doctoral dissertation on listening and the caring in listening. She has profiled her postdoc research on caring concepts and ethical issues. Methodologically she has explored a hermeneutic reading method and hermeneutic application research that implements evidence-based knowledge into clinical practice. She is also involved in developing teacher education in the field of Health Sciences.
Aina Bjerkeli Lekens
Aina B. Lekens is a nurse anesthesist and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Quality and Health Technology. Lekens’s ongoing PhD project is titled: “Person-centred nursing in anesthesia – a qualitative explorative study of clinical engagement and professional identity”. Her key interest is in exploring how nurse anesthesist use their nursing background in order to act and deliver individual care for the surgical patient in a complex context. She is also a course coordinator at the Masters’ progam in Nurse Anesthesia at the University of Stavanger.
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.
Karolina S. Mæland
Karolina S. Mæland is a midwife and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Mæland’s ongoing PhD project is titled: “Placental abruption in immigrant women in Norway”. Her key interest is to reduce disparities in reproductive health for immigrant women by investigate possible differences in placental abruption in different sub-groups and to provide targeted care for immigrant women. She is also employed at Master in Midwifery at the University of Stavanger.
Sebastian Rehnman is professor of philosophy at the faculty of health Sciences at the University of Stavanger, adjunct professor of philosophy of religion at VID Specialized University, and certified philosophical counselor by the Norwegian Society of Philosophical Practice and the Swedish Society of Philosophical Practice. His teaching and research is devoted a historically informed philosophical understanding of existential, ethical, semantical and epistemological issues in caring for oneself and for another within a dialogical and narrative framework.
Kristine Rørtveit is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Health Sciences. She teaches in the Master of Substance Use Mental Health. She is also a clinical psychiatric nurse at the Stavanger University Hospital (SUS) with special expertise in eating disorders and a Senior Advisor in qualitative research at the Research Department of SUS. She is a member of the research group on anxiety and mood-disorders at SUS. Her clinical work is related to binge eating and mothers with eating disorders. Her research focuses on the patient-nurse relationship, especially guilt and shame, trust and uncertainty in illness. She is also involved in research targeting obesity, binge eating and qualitative lifestyle processes for persons with mental health illness.
Irene Sirevåg is a operation room nurse and PhD candidate at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Care and Ethics. The PhD project is titled “Non-Technical Skills in Norwegian Operation Room Nursing”. The aim of the project is to promote the development of non-technical skills in operation room nursing students through further development of a supervision and assessment tool for non-technical skills. Sirevåg is also affiliated with the Master’s program in Operation Room Nursing at the University of Stavanger.
Venke Ueland is a Associate Professor at Faculty of Health Sciences. She obtained her PhD from the Department of Caring Science Åbo Akademi University, Vasa. Her doctoral thesis dealt with: Longing – a Dynamic Power in the Becoming of Health. The study developed 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. Other research topics are the Life Phenomenon longing and existential experiences related to obesity and cancer treatment care.
Elin Salemonsen is a public health nurse, employed as a research fellow at Western Norway University of Applied Science (HVL), Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (Campus Haugesund) and PhD candidate in Health Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences (UiS). Her key research interests are health promotion and public health. 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 or obesity.” She recently published an article in BMC Obesity: “Healthy Life Centre participants` perceptions of living with overweight or obesity and seeking help for a perceived “wrong” lifestyle – a qualitative interview study”. Her previous research looked at fathers' role and concerns for their overweight and obese children.
Gry C. Wallgren
Gry C. Wallgren work as a professional development nurse at the cancer unit in Stavanger University Hospital (SUH). She has a Masters degree in Health Science. Her field of research interest is patient involvement, education and information regarding treatment and rehabilitation. She is involved in several patient education courses at SUS and her previous research includes cancer patients experiences of information, and involvement in treatment and follow-up.
Associate professor Evy Gundersen
Kari Marie Thorkildsen, Associate professor at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Anita Elvegaard, PhD candidate
Search for the associate members' and the members' research publications in Current Research Information System in Norway - CRIStin.