Registered Nurse (RN), Aust Agder College of Nursing, Norway (1984).
Master of nursing science, University of Oslo http://www.uio.no, Norway (1993).Title of the master thesis: Sykepleie til psykotiske pasienter: i hvilken grad kan sykepleien bidra til å bygge opp et stabilt og realistisk selvbilde hos psykotiske pasienter? (Carng for people diagnosed with psychosis: How may nursing contribute to a stable and realistic self-image in people suffering from psychosis?
Qualified as "førstelektor" (associate professor) in 2007
PhD dissertation 8th February 2010 at University of Bergen, Norway, http://www.uib.no with the thesis:"Handling UFOs and angels in psychiatric care:An ethnographic study of interpretations and government of psychotic experiences in a psychiatric rehabilitation unit".
Areas of professional interests:
Mental health service,critical psychology, anthropology, psychosis, ethics. Theoretical interests: Michel Foucault on governmentality and technologies of the self, Bruno Latour on actor- network theory, Axel Honneth on recocnition, Giorgio Agamben on State of Exception.
Worked as a nurse in various Norwegian hospital departments from 1984-1988, including psychiatric and intensive care units.
Participated in developing a nursing school program for Palestinian student in Cairo 1985/1986 and worked as a nursing teacher. This project was run by The Palestinian Red Crescent and was partly funded by The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD.)
Worked at University of Agder since 1990, and assistant professor since 2007
Ethics and theory/philosophy of science
The works of Buno Laotur (actor-network theory) and Michel Foucault
Coercion in a locked psychiatric ward. An anthropological study of how coercion is perceived (completed 2014
The study was carried out in 2010 as a four months field-work in a closed psychiatric ward where various forms of coercion occur regularly. Research Question: 1. How is coercion defined by those who prescribes it (ie, physician / psychiatrist), and which dilemmas do they face when force is prescribed? 2. How is coercion defined by the people who exercise it (ie, nurses and environmental workers) and how does it feel to exercise force? 3.How is coercion defined by those who are exposed to it (ie patients) and how do they experience the compulsion they are subjected to, at the moment and in retrospect? 4. What happens in the specific enforcement situations? Method: Anthropological field methodology ie, participatory observation combined with conversations/interviews. This method is particularly suitable to study at close hand how enforcement is carried out and experienced in a psychiatric day context. Through direct observation and by discussions / interviews, I collected data from different enforcement situations, such as forced hospitalization,medication and seclusion. Observations and conversations/interviews were recorded as field notes. Regional Ethical Committee for Health Research has permitted the project. Data is now being analysed. Four articles have been published
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