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 Tove Hanssen

Tove Hanssen

Honorary Research Fellow

 South Cloisters 1.34


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Tove has clinical experience as nurse working in intensive care units at university hospitals in Norway from 1988 to 1996. Thereafter she worked as an assistant professor at university colleges and at universities until 2000. Tove was employed as a Nurse researcher at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen Norway, whilst working part time with research grants from the University hospital and Health Trust of Western Norway doing her PhD. She completed her PhD in June 2009 at The University of Bergen, Norway. PhD title: Improving outcomes after acute myocardial infarction: Implementing a post-discharge intervention providing information and support.

Presently she is working as a Clinical Nurse Researcher at the Division of Cardiothoracic and Respiratory Medicine, in University Hospital North-Norway (UNN) as well as holding a Postdoctoral research grant from the Health Trust North Norway.

Tove was appointed as an Honorary Research fellow from January 2016 until January 2017 at the University of Exeter, Medical School, Complex Interventions Research Group with professor David Richards as her mentor.


  • Registered Nurse (1987)
  • MSc Nursing Science (1996)
  • PhD (2009)
  • Pedagogical portfolio (2013) 


Research interests

  • Patient reported outcomes especially health related quality of life, in patients with chronic heart diseases;
  • Cardiac rehabilitation and telephone delivered interventions as well as research in complex interventions applying a broad range of methods from qualitative to randomized controlled trial designs. 

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Research projects

Tove has translated and validated standardised instruments into Norwegian.

She is an active collaborator in several national/local multidisciplinary projects and has interest in improving nursing research through international education and collaboration.

Tove has been a member of various review teams and is currently taking part in research projects developed within the REFLECTION network

External Engagement and Impact

International recognition, such as international research collaborations, visiting research posts in overseas institutions, involvement at senior levels in international research associations, acting as referee for national and international research councils.

2013 - Present: Board member, European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS)  

2013 - 2014: Chair of national network within quality of life research, LIVSFORSK 

2008 - 2013: Vice-chair and Chair Scholars committee in the EANS

2002 - Present: Member of European Society of Cardiology, Council of Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Professions (ESC CCNAP)

2005 - 2008: Board member, European Academy of Nursing Science

2001 - Present Member of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS) 

Invited lectures & workshops

Tove was invited to speak at the ESC EUROPREVENT (2011) and the ESC EUROHEARTCARE (2014) as well as to several Norwegian meetings/conferences. She has presented her papers and posters at more than 30 mainly international conferences.

Tove has contributed nationally on promotion of evidence based practice in nursing and on international collaboration to strengthen Norwegian nursing research (several papers in Tidsskriftet Sykepleien from 2002 – 2014).


Tove has been teaching at all levels from a bachelor in nursing to PhD in Health Sciences and has an approved Teaching Portfolio from UIT, The Artic University of Norway (2013).

She has been a main supervisor for 6 master students and a collaborator in 3 PhD projects. Tove is main supervisor for one PhD student (Siv Olsen) for whom she received a short term scholarship to develop PhD protocol and thereafter PhD scholarship (starting autumn 2015) from Health Trust North Norway (Helse Nord). She is also mentor for 2 nurses in a first lecturer program at UIT, The Artic University of Norway. This program aims at increasing both teaching and academic competence of lecturers that have a master’s degree. 

Supervision / Group

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