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Recipients of scholarships and fellowships celebrated on Nursing Day 2019

The recipients of Novo Nordisk Foundation nursing scholarships and fellowships in the past year were celebrated at an awards ceremony last Thursday.

The recipients of Novo Nordisk Foundation nursing scholarships and fellowships in the past year were celebrated at an awards ceremony last Thursday. This took place as part of Nursing Day 2019 with the theme of Fundamentals of Care.

More than 150 nurses, professors and nursing researchers attended Nursing Day, which the Foundation hosted at its offices in Hellerup.

The day’s programme included short presentations throughout the day by the past year’s recipients of the Foundation’s PhD scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships on their nursing research projects.

Kirsten Lomborg, Chair, Novo Nordisk Foundation Committee on Nursing Research, which selected the recipients of the grants, said:

“It is important to celebrate everyone who received a grant in the past year. They submitted really excellent applications to us. By giving them a voice today, we also aim to expand awareness of the nursing research they carry out.”

Following their presentations, the recipients were given flowers and their diplomas. The day concluded with a reception.

See the names of the six recipients and read about their projects below.

Recipients of PhD scholarships

Anette Juel Kynde
PhD student

Project title
Co-designing Web-based Psychoeducational Resources for Relatives of People with Suicidal Behaviour

Project description
This PhD study aims to co-develop supportive psychoeducational web-based resources for relatives of people with suicidal behaviour. The study consists of three parts.
1) Integrating studies exploring relatives’ experiences of caring for people with suicidal behaviour using a meta-ethnographic approach. 2) Co-constructing video-recorded interviews with parents of young people with suicidal behaviour. Interviews will be re-recorded with actors recapturing the story and edited into clips for publication on the website.
3) Developing the website through workshops with parents of young people (user panel), professionals and researchers. Workshops will be audio recorded and users’ influence on these co-developing processes will be explored.

Research institution
Centre for Relationships and De-escalation, Mental Health Services, Region Zealand, Slagelse, Denmark

Cathrine Bell
MSc, nurse, PhD student

Project title
A Multidisciplinary Outpatient Pathway for Multimorbid Patients

Project description
Multimorbidity means having two or more chronic diseases. Today, one in four Danes are classified as having multimorbidity, and the number is increasing in accordance with the increase in life expectancy. The daily lives of people with multimorbidity can include many treatments and contacts with the healthcare system – including visits to outpatient clinics.

The University Research Clinic for Innovative Patient Pathways, Silkeborg Regional Hospital and the General Practice Research Unit, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University have launched a research project that aims to investigate and describe people with multimorbidity in Denmark who undergo several outpatient courses of treatment. In addition, an innovative structure and organization will be established for people with multimorbidity based on a multidisciplinary same-day outpatient pathway that combines consultations, examinations and treatments. This structure will be tested in relation to patients, healthcare professionals and the resources required.

Research institution
University Research Clinic for Innovative Patient Pathways, Diagnostic Centre, Silkeborg Regional Hospital, Regional Hospital Central Jutland, Denmark
General Practice Research Unit, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

Pia Krause Møller

Clinical Nurse Specialist, MPH, PhD student

Project title
PRO-MR-RT Systematic Web-based Patient-reported Outcome Measures for a Personalized, Patient-centered Symptom Management and Clinical Assessment of Pelvic Toxicity to Magnetic Resonance Radiation Therapy

Project description
In October 2018, the first patient in Denmark received radiation therapy using a high-field MRI-guided linear accelerator. Based on diagnostic-quality images taken daily, the system can adjust the therapy to the patient’s anatomical condition on the day of treatment. This provides opportunities for better tumour control and/or fewer side-effects.

The aim of this PhD study is to create new knowledge on patient-reported outcomes following magnetic resonance radiation therapy. Patients with cancer in the pelvis are asked to register their outcomes using an app that transfers the data direct to their medical records. The study will both map these patient-reported outcomes and will actively use patient-reported outcomes to enable more individualized nursing. The monitoring of symptoms following treatment will also be used to differentiate and individualize the follow-up process after cancer treatment.

Research institution
Oncology Research Unit, Department of Oncology, Odense University Hospital, Denmark


Recipients of postdoctoral fellowships

Claus Sixtus Jensen
Postdoctoral fellow

Project title
Individual Paediatric Early Warning System (I-PEWS) – Does Systematic Incorporation of Nurses’ Clinical Judgment in a Paediatric Early Warning System Improve Detection of Clinical Deterioration in Hospitalised Paediatric Patients?

Project description
Symptoms of critical illness in children can be uncharacteristic or nonspecific and thus, it is important to acknowledge and act on the often discreet signs of critical illness. Nurses’ bedside observations are therefore essential because their observations are the first step in identifying signs of clinical deterioration. Paediatric early warning systems (PEWS) can alert staff to children at risk of deterioration and facilitate a prompt response. PEWS is based upon physiological parameters and does not make much room for individual clinical assessment. The overall aim with this project is to evaluate a new individual PEWS (I-PEWS) which incorporate nurses’ clinical assessment on the number of children experiencing unplanned transfers to a higher level of care.

Research institution
Research Center for Emergency Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark

Ulla Riis Madsen
Postdoctoral fellow, PhD, MPH, nurse

Project title
What Can Be Hoped for If an Ulcer Does Not Heal – Palliative Care and Rehabilitation for People at Risk of Leg Amputation as a Result of a Chronic Ulcer.

Project description
This project will examine whether rehabilitation and palliative interventions can improve the quality of life of people with chronic ulcers on their feet or legs. The treatment of foot and leg ulcers can drag on for months and years, and both the ulcer and the treatment can have debilitating outcomes that adversely affect the quality of life. Patients are also at high risk of amputation and death because of widespread arteriosclerosis. Rehabilitative and palliative interventions can potentially enable these people to live the life they want and can also help to prepare them for possible amputation and death.

Research institution
The project is being carried out at the orthopaedic surgical wound clinics in Region Zealand in collaboration with the Danish Knowledge Centre for Rehabilitation and Palliative Care (REHPA), University of Southern Denmark, Nyborg.

Vibeke Stenov
Postdoctoral fellow

Project title
Development and Testing of a Group Intervention Facilitated by Nurses to Reduce Diabetes Stress among Adults with Type 1 Diabetes.

Project description
About 40% of adults with type 1 diabetes have diabetes stress. One reason is the burden of managing the disease in daily life. Adults with diabetes stress have a lower quality of life and higher long-term blood glucose than do people without diabetes stress. Research shows that providing support for the fears adults with diabetes have can improve their quality of life. However, it is unclear which methods best reduce diabetes stress and how these methods can best be implemented in practice. Existing interventions that have been developed to reduce diabetes stress have not yet targeted any Danish setting.

The aim of the project is to identify and develop methods for reducing diabetes stress among adults with type 1 diabetes as an integrated part of diabetes treatment in Denmark. Another aim is to examine appropriate facilitation and competence development strategies for health professionals who are responsible for supporting adults with diabetes stress.

Research institution
Diabetes Management Research, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, Denmark

Further information

Christian Mostrup Scheel, Senior Press Officer, phone: +45 3067 4805, [email protected]