PhD defence: Anne Mette Høegh-Larsen

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Anne Mette Høegh-Larsen, Ph.d. student in Person-centred Healthcare. Copyright: USN

Anne Mette Høegh-Larsen is defending her doctoral thesis in person-centered healthcare.

14 Dec

Practical information

  • Date: 14 December 2023
  • Time: 10.00 - 15.30
  • Location: Porsgrunn, A-271
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    Meeting ID: 611 9988 3560
    Password: 681786


    10.00-11.00: Trial lecture: “How can development of professional competence in nursing be understood considering the Aristotelian three-fold framework of episteme, techne and phronesis?”
    12.00-15.30:  Public defence: Nursing students’ development, transfer and assessment of professional competence and clinical judgment skills: A quantitative study

    Evaluation committee

    • First opponent: Samuel Edelbring, University lecturer, Docent and Vice Dean, Örebro Universitetet
    • Second opponent: Mariann Fossum, Professor, University of Agder
    • Administrator of the committee: Lena Heyn, Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway


    • Principal supervisor: Associate Professor Monika Ravik, University of South-Eastern Norway 
    • Co-supervisors: Professor Marianne Gonzalez, University of South-Eastern Norway and Professor Sissel Iren Eikeland Husebø, Universitety of Stavanger
    • Mentor: Associate Professor Inger Åse Reierson, University of South-Eastern Norway
Any questions?

The dissertation focuses on how nursing students develop various forms of nursing competence through simulation-based education, how they transfer this competence to the clinical setting, and how they assess their own competence.


Continuous medical, technological, and structural changes in healthcare require that newly graduated nurses have professional competence to care for patients. Simulation-based education and clinical placements are established educational strategies used in nursing education to provide students with this competence. In this dissertation, various aspects of nursing students' development and assessment of their professional competence and clinical judgment skills in simulation-based education and in clinical placement have been examined using different quantitative research methods.

The results in the dissertation support the use of PEARLS debriefing in simulation-based education to enhance nursing students' professional competence and clinical judgment skills. Students demonstrate development in both professional competence and clinical judgment skills over time, but there is a need to strengthen nursing students' competence related to development, leadership, and the organization of nursing care. Nursing students need support to better transfer their nursing competence from simulation to clinical settings. Additionally, it is recommended to combine self-assessment with other assessment methods for a more accurate evaluation of students' competence.