Kirsten Frederiksen


Contact information
Kirsten Frederiksen
Department of Public Health – Research Unit for Nursing and Health Care
Bartholins Allé 2, building 1260, office 3.32
DK-8000 Aarhus C

Mobile: +45 2157 8848
AU profile:

ORCID: 0000-0002-2082-7094

Education (selected)
2005: PhD, Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas, Aarhus University
2000: MEd, The Royal Danish School of Educational Studies (cand.pæd.pæd.)
1997: Adult pedagogy, Open University
1984: Danish Nursing Folk High School, Part 1. Leading nurse.
1978: Nurse (RN), School of Nursing, Randers

Employment (selected)
2018-: Deputy head for education, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University
2010-: Associate professor, Research Unit for Nursing and Health Care, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University
2007-2010: Postdoc, Section for Nursing, Department of Public Health, Aarhus University.
2001-2005: Externally funded PhD student at the Department of Philosophy and History of ideas, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University
1999-2007: External lecturer and teaching assistant, Department of Nursing and Health Care, Institute of Public Health, Aarhus University
1987-2007: Teacher, Nursing Education, Nursing school, Randers.

Scientific competences
Research areas:
Education, teaching and philosophy > Philosophy of Science
Health and Illness > Research and Examination Methods > Nursing
Education, teaching and philosophy > Pedagogy and education

Research leadership and academic work (selected)

Board memberships:
2018-2020: Specialuddannelsesrådet for Specialuddannelsen i borgernær sygepleje (Member)
2017: Hurtigt arbejdende gruppe vedr. udvikling af specialuddannelse i borgernær sygepleje (Member)
2013-2020: Dansk Sygeplejeselskabs Uddannelsesråd (Chair and board member)
2013-2020: Sundhedsstyrelsens Råd for sygeplejerskers special- og videreuddannelse (Member)

Qualitative Health Research, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, Klinisk Sygepleje, Health.

Scientific publications

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Conferences and invited lectures (selected)

See for a list of activities (in Danish).


Main supervisor:

2019: Julie Mondahl. The encounter with the healthcare system of socially disadvantaged patients with head and neck cancer – an evaluation project and development of an intervention. (Enrolled)
2018: Anne Bendix Andersen. The puzzle of coherence - An ethnographic study of intersektorel collaboration in Danish Healthcare. (Graduated)
2017: Susanne Friis Søndergaard. Documentation of activities in the perioperative patient pathway – Investigating, translating, validating and testing a “Perioperative Nursing Data Set”. (Graduated)
2016: Marianne Eg. Significant factors to achieve lasting weight loss when treating overweight children and adolescents. (Graduated)
2012: Connie Bøttcher Berthelsen. Relatives in older patient’s fast-track treatment programmes during total hip or knee replacement. A grounded theory study. (Graduated)


2020: Helen Gräs-Højgaard, A choice for life? Screened citizens’ experience with and adherence to prophylactic medication for cardiovascular disease. (Active)
2015: Vibeke Høgh. A one-year patient journey of atrial fibrillation. Exploring the context, complexity, And magnitude of the patient perspective. (Graduated)
2013: Dorthe Sørensen. Nurse-patient collaboration during non-invasive ventilation in patients with acute respiratory failure due to COPD. (Graduated)

Teaching experience

Course leader experience since 2011.
Teaching experience 1999.