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Tomas Handersten and Elisabeth Rodal, specialist nurses in psychiatry, will work clinically and conduct research at the same time. Photo: Åsa Engström View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Collaboration gives new PhD students

Published: 6 April 2018

A collusion agreement between Luleå University of Technology and the Region of Norrbotten has led to two specialist nurses in psychiatry in April as PhD students in nursing.

– We have revised our agreement on the education of a doctoral student with external funding to make it even clearer and in the spirit of the cooperation agreement, so that it is as good as possible for all involved. It feels great good to assume Elisabeth and Tomas as doctoral students as part of the collaboration between us and the Region Norrbotten, says Åsa Engström, Chaired Professor in Nursing at Luleå University of Technology.

Patient group with complex problems

Elisabeth Rodal will focus on the importance of recovery-oriented, person-centered approaches in the meeting with people with addiction and mental cohabitation, which means more than one diagnosis.

Tomas Handersten focuses on the importance of staff working methods to achieve this. In parallel with the postgraduate studies, they work as specialist nurses at the psychiatric clinic in Luleå.

– The subject is chosen based on our clinical experience of patients who have this problem. It is a patient group with a complex problem that affects both physical, mental and social life. In order to help and support these persons to be able to receive simultaneous and integrated efforts, cooperation between the Region of Norrbotten and the municipality is a prerequisite. In this context, it is important to assume the individual's wishes, needs and conditions, says Elisabeth Rodal.

– The subject is also chosen based on our curiosity and the ability to connect to a research project that builds on research at Luleå University of Technology and at the same time to develop new knowledge that hopefully will benefit both patients and staff, says Tomas Handersten.

Possibility of better care

The challenge they are experiencing is the actual implementation of results into practical action that can improve the care of those with dependents and mental cohabitation, but also to find a balance between research education, clinical work and family.

Both Elisabeth Rodal and Tomas Handersten think it is important to collaborate on these issues because theory and practice go hand in hand.
– All new knowledge achieved which is being implemented, increases the possibilities for better care.
– Another important part of the collaboration is about the supervisor's competence, which is available at Luleå University of Technology and the Region of Norrbotten.

On May 1, another PhD student in nursing is assumed. This applies to district nurse and physiotherapist Albin Almevall, who is adopted by a similar agreement, and adjunct professor Karin Zingmark becomes principal supervisor.

Supervisors for Elisabeth Rodal will be Åsa Engström, Git-Marie Ejneborn, Sebastian Gabrielsson, Ursula Werneke and for Tomas Handersten will Åsa Engström, Sebastian Gabrielsson, Silje Gustafsson, Catharina Nordin be supervisors.

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