Vocational identity and self-understanding in relational work (2011-14)

This project aims to generate knowledge about what strengthens the relational worker`s professional identity so that (s)he will be able to engage in developing professional relationships.

This project employed the Biographical Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) to interview and analyse nurses' (5) and pre-school teachers' (3) life stories. The overall aim of the interpretation was to understand historically situated subjectivity in terms of the nurses' and pre-school teachers' personal, social and professional constraints and chosen options.

Principal Investigator: Professor Ellen Ramvi

Co-researchers: Associate professors Åse Dagmar Knaben and Kari Vevatne


Ellen Ramvi (2015). I am only a nurse: a biographical narrative study of a nurse’s self-understanding and its implication for practice. BMC Nursing, 14(23), p. 1-9.

Kari Vevatne: Identitet og selvforståelse hos sykepleier (Identity and selfunderstanding as a nurse). Paper presentation: Livsberättelsesforskning Karlstad University 20 to 21 November 2014.

Ellen Ramvi (2014). Indre og ytre rom for omsorg [Room for inner and outer care]. I Rom for omsorg? [Room for care] Red: Alvsvåg, H., Førland O. Jacobsen, F. Bergen Fagbokforlaget. p. 147-161.

Åse Dagmar Knaben. A case about vulnerability, the personal in the professional. Paper presentation: Livsberättelsesforskning Karlstad University 21 to 22 October 2013.