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  • HiOA - Dear students!
    commitment and curiousness in your education and not least ask critical questions and require something of us you will get more in return You will gain more from your education and you will get an ownership to the knowledge experience and competence you acquire through your studies I know that some of you here today are not sure that the study programme you have chosen is the right study programme for you To you I will say First of all talk to us Tell us why you are uncertain and if relevant what specifically was it about the study programme that did not answer your expectations This will help us improve Secondly the choice you have made now is important but all the other choices you will be making later in life are also important Perhaps more important Nobody not even the professors standing here today are educated once and for all And last but not least all knowledge and skills you acquire are valuable A good friend and colleague once asked me what my identity was It was a bit of a strange question really However he made me think about who I am and what my education has meant to me I was educated a nurse in 1986 The education gave me an important basic competence but also many challenges relating to how one should execute nursing in a best possible way This strange question made me think about who I am and who I wanted to be Many years have passed and I have acquired more education but the competence I acquired through the nursing education has been an important part of my adult life It has provided me with a safety that is important for my role as Rector Many of the values emphasised in the nursing education have become an important part of me Knowledge affects us human beings in the same way as we are affected by and affect the society we live in One of HiOA s main goals is to create a thriving international study environment and the presence of students from abroad is especially valuable To understand the world around us the cultural diversity is an essential part of our professional study programmes I will give you one example This spring Elden Lawrence a known native American died He was one of the first from the Indigenous Peoples of America who took a master s degree and a doctoral degree In the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen 16 July the Norwegian author Edvard Hoem wrote about how Lawrence through new insight and a will to reconcile contributed to conquer injustice Hoem retells a story from Lawrence s childhood where an Indian child through his upbringing was taught to keep quiet when adults spoke with downcast and even closed eyes which was viewed as a sign of a person who was really listening When Lawrence began his education in the American school system the teachers expected the opposite Look at me when I speak

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Dear-students (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Intergration on the M/S Bjørvik
    to exclude them from regular activities That is why the international students now are organized in the buddy system as any other student at HiOA This will give them a much bigger chance to intergrade and also get to know students outside the international student body The international buddy groups will join activities that the Buddy coordinators at the different faculties have arranged but with one exception Monday 11th August

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Intergration-on-the-M-S-Bjoervik (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - How to be a Norwegian!
    21st August for an evening of Norwegianization Julien Bourrelle owner and funder of Mondå AS www monda no is a PHD candidate at NTNU in Trondheim and will hold a key note speech His company specializes in multi cultural communication and he is particularly aware of the potential mis communication a foreigner can come upon when moving to Norway He will give a key note speech on this topic and

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/How-to-be-a-Norwegian (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Humanities research contributes to artistic creation
    to being an art and a craft This has opened up new rules and norms says Berg who works at the Department of Product Design at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences HiOA He submitted his thesis at the Aalto University in Helsinki This new focus has also opened up new opportunities for using methods borrowed from design This is manifested by letting artistic ideas evolve through the participation of participants and stakeholders in a given situation says Berg He believes that this has led to a stronger focus on human relationships where art is placed in a social context Using discussions about situations as an approach The artist specialises in ceramic tiles and pictures As a ceramic artist and designer my training has been one where teachers have recommended and referred to discussions about situations as a professional approach says Berg Allowing others to join in and participate on the basis of their competence may result in a better solution for what you are trying to create The involvement of participants was particularly relevant when Berg was commissioned to design a chapel of rest where relatives could bid their last farewells to the deceased before the ceremony began in the main room of the church A priest an architect and a parish representative took part in a meeting to decide the design of the chapel Each of them represented different interests and areas of competence Through interviews conversations and active use of drawings and sketches the result that gradually emerged was different more participatory says Berg I also hope the result was more engaging that it would have been if only one of them had been asked for ideas Ceramics as a gateway to therapy Another project Berg undertook involved decorating a corridor in the psychiatric unit

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Humanities-research-contributes-to-artistic-creation (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Semester Start
    beginning of a new semester at HiOA Arrival Service The student organisation Erasmus Student Network will provide pick up service for all categories of international students This will take place Friday 8th August 11 00 17 30 and Saturday 11 00 16 00 Register here if you intend to use the Arrival Service Please note that you need to arrange with SiO Housing Division if you arrive outside office hours and would like to pick up your key SiO will charge you 300 NOK for this service Orientation Day We encourage all new students to attend our Orientation Day Monday 11th August 11 00 13 00 in the auditorium Athene 1 building P46 Pilestredet Campus You will receive all the information you need to get started as a student in Norway and at HiOA After the Orientation Meeting you will be able to meet your Buddy and buddy group Welcome Ceremony Both local and international students are urged to join us in the official HiOA Welcome Ceremony This will take place on Tuesday 12th August and you will go there with your buddy group Programme for the ceremony will follow closer to the event Questions If you have any questions

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Semester-Start (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Elderly with dementia perceive nursing homes as prisons
    that we must not underestimate people with dementia I think we often tend to make excuses for what they say Even though they suffer from loss of memory their feelings and experiences are real there and then says Heggestad Feel disempowered Both relatives and residents believe that being taken seriously is the most important factor for maintaining dignity The importance of co determination in everyday life is an issue that concerns the residents more than the relatives They feel disempowered and during the interviews they often broached the subject of why they ended up in a nursing home It became clearly apparent that this was not a decision in which they had been involved says Heggestad Elderly people with dementia are rarely involved in the decision making process HiOA researcher Anne Kari Tolo Heggestad on the left worked as a nurse in dementia care for many years before joining HiOA Foto Benjamin A Ward Relieved to have found a place in a nursing home Relatives on the other hand were relieved when their parent or spouse was finally allocated a place in a nursing home inside these locked doors Then they knew where he or she was They did not realise that co determination and freedom were so important to them The relatives in the study also mentioned how the lack of resources and the fact that health care personnel were more concerned with their tasks than with the patients may threaten the dignity of the residents For the patients this means that not just their physical land medical needs but also much of their need for social contact are met by the staff The all important life story For residents with dementia to maintain their dignity it is important that they be taken seriously that they be involved in

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Elderly-with-dementia-perceive-nursing-homes-as-prisons (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Young ME sufferers feel forgotten
    how this condition affects adolescents She is a PhD candidate at the Department of Nursing at Oslo and Akershus University College HiOA The symptoms It is estimated that 600 persons under 18 years have been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in Norway The main symptom is a constant feeling of fatigue Other symptoms are impaired memory poorer concentration sore throats muscle and joint pains headaches and problems sleeping We still don t know what causes ME A vulnerable phase Having the condition means that the young people spend more time at home with their parents and less time with friends They develop a sense of standing on the outside while everyone else gets on with their lives These young people harbour a deep sense of loss of their old life and feel like strangers in their own body Although they occasionally attend school they still feel excluded says Winger Winger s study shows that the young people were worried about and preoccupied with the consequences of their condition They expressed feelings of being different and forgotten I think it must be particularly difficult for adolescents to have ME because they are in such a vulnerable phase of life when a lot of things are happening and they just want to be like everyone else They miss out on the usual arenas where young people meet because their condition forces them to stay home says Winger More reflective An additional burden for these young people was the realisation that health personnel parents friends and teachers did not believe that they were sick We must believe in these young people Good cooperation is dependent on believing them when they say they are sick Winger says She thinks that public health nurses working in the school health service can play a key role

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Young-ME-sufferers-feel-forgotten (2015-09-15)
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  • HiOA - Better food provision could save more drug addicts
    important cooperation partners for gaining access to participants for the study The typical drug addict The typical drug addict is male in his thirties with a history of between ten and fifteen years of drug addiction behind him He has often been in contact with various parts of the social services system Every second addict suffers from a mental disorder and post traumatic stress syndrome is common Their backgrounds often include dropping out of school no job no regular income and no or no permanent place to live Their childhoods were characterised by neglect and poor diet The same factors apply for the relatively smaller number of female addicts though in addition prostitution is often used as a means to finance their addiction Most of the drug addicts who took part in the study used several types of substances and more than 80 percent regularly injected heroin Only 20 per cent of the participants had any form of permanent accommodation most of them lived on the street Soft drinks most popular 50 percent of the illicit drug addicts who took part in the study reported that they bought most of their food themselves Sæland found that the quality of this food was generally poor with fewer nutrients and higher sugar content compared with the food offered by help organisations Heroin triggers a preference for sweet taste and as much as 30 percent of energy is derived from sugar says Sæland Sugar sweetened soft drinks represented the most popular foodstuff among the drug users on average 6 dl per day Injection room The researcher believes that organised food programmes are through among others The Salvation Army do a great job for drug addicts However these organizations are normally open during the daytime which is when many drug addicts are sleeping or

    Original URL path: http://www.hioa.no/eng/node_2273/Better-food-provision-could-save-more-drug-addicts (2015-09-15)
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