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Biography

Switzerland is where I have been born and raised and where I still live with my long time partner and our lovely dog Ginger in a rural area outside Winterthur, a city in the canton of Zurich. I work as a clinical nurse specialist in a mental health institution. During my professional career I have had the chance to live in California for a while and I got my Masters degree in Nursing Sciences at Cardiff University in Wales through one of their outreach programmes held in Bavaria, Germany.

Before nursing became my professional passion I have been trained as a station manager working for the Swiss National Railways and later as a travel agent. In the early 90's I emigrated to the US and went through an intensive training programme as a chaplain for people living with HIV/AIDS. The plan to study nursing in the US did not work out as planned and so I returned to Switzerland where I got my general nursing degree at the School of Nursing at the Psychiatric University Hospital in Zurich.

For almost ten years I have been working in acute health care settings and rehabilitation before I returned to mental health nursing in 2007...

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Research

My PhD - Research Project: Uncertainty in illness and personal recovery - a qualitative study.

Uncertainty is a central aspect in all areas of life and in all its facets. Uncertainty in illness is a well-known concept among many health conditions including chronic illnesses. Much has been investigated in research in how people adapt to different health conditions and how the concept of uncertainty in illness relates to those populations. However, in mental health, even though there is a strong interest in coping and adaptation strategies, the aspect of negotiating uncertainty or dealing with uncertainty has not been really investigated and can hardly be found in the literature except from the perspectives of relatives and health professionals.

The study will investigate the personal experiences of people living with mental illness and therefore in-depth interviews with approximately 10-20 adults with different mental illnesses will be conducted and analysed using qualitative methodologies based on Grounded Theory. The data collection has started in October 2014 in Switzerland only.

The study will hopefully develop a new and unique understanding of the adaptation process to mental illness from a patient perspective that can help other people living with mental illness in their own personal recovery and support professional care in the recovery process. This knowledge can improve the quality of care for people with mental health illness by better understanding their struggles, needs and resources.

Favourites

  • Wolfensberger, P., 2014. Uncertainty in illness and personal recovery. In: Horatio - European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing 6-9 November 2014 St. Julians, Malta.
  • Wolfensberger, P., 2011. Homophobia in Nursing A critical interpretive synthesis. Master's Thesis. Cardiff University, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies.

Journal Articles

  • Dolci, B. and Wolfensberger, P., 2016. Perspektiven in der interprofessionellen Matrix. Psychiatrische Pflege, 1 (3), 40-42.
  • Hahn, S., 2016. Sabine Hahn im Kamingespräch mit Peter Wolfensberger. Psychiatrische Pflege, 1 (2), 37-39.
  • Wolfensberger, P., 2013. Understanding behaviour in dementia that challenges – a guide to assessment and treatment. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 20 (3), e3.
  • Schäfli, N. and Wolfensberger, P., 2013. Fachwissen? Mangelware! Psych.Pflege Heute, 19 (01), 18-20.

Conferences

  • Hegedüs, A., Richter, D., Wolfensberger, P. and Aquilante, S., 2016. Interventionsstudien als Link zwischen Forschung und Praxis - wie geht das? / Intervention studies linking research and practice - how does it work? In: Schulz, M., Schoppmann, S., Hegedüs, A., Gurtner, C., Stefan, H., Finklenburg, U., Needham, I. and Hahn, S., eds. 13. Dreiländerkongress Pflege in der Psychiatrie 22-23 September 2016 Bielefeld, Germany. Bern, Switzerland: Verlag Berner Fachhochschule, Fachbereich Gesundheit, Forschung & Entwicklung / Dienstleistung Pflege, 122-124.
  • Wolfensberger, P., 2016. Uncertainty in illness and personal recovery - experiences of people living with mental illness. In: STTI European Conference 6-8 June 2016 Utrecht, Netherlands.
  • Stadtmann, M., Mikic, I., Leuter, U. and Wolfensberger, P., 2015. Pflegerische Fallführung in der ambulanten psychiatrischen Versorgung – ein Zukunftsmodell? Erfahrungen und Erkenntnisse aus Praxis und Forschung im Diskurs / Nurse lead case management in ambulant mental health care - a model of the future? Experiences and findings of research and practice on discourse. In: Schoppmann, S., Stefan, H., Hegedüs, A., Finklenburg, U., Needham, I., Schulz, M., Gurtner, C. and Hahn, S., eds. 12. Dreiländerkongress Pflege in der Psychiatrie 24-25 September 2015 Wien, Austria. Bern, Switzerland: Verlag Berner Fachhochschule, Fachbereich Gesundheit, 220-224.
  • Minder, J. and Wolfensberger, P., 2015. Betagte Psychosepatienten in Alters- und Pflegeheimen / Elderly Psychosis Patients in Elderly- and Nursing Homes. In: Integrierte Psychiatrie im Diskurs 19 March 2015 Winterthur, Switzerland. Integrierte Psychiatrie Winterthur - Zürcher Unterland, 14.
  • Wolfensberger, P., Hahn, S., Richter, D., Schwarze, T. and Zuaboni, G., 2014. Zielorientierte psychiatrische Pflege (ORIENT) - Ergebnisse einer Pilotinterventionsstudie - Qualitative Ergebnisse. In: DGPPN Kongress 2014 26-29 November 2014 Berlin, Germany. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik und Nervenheilkunde.
  • Wolfensberger, P., 2014. Uncertainty in illness and personal recovery. In: Horatio - European Festival of Psychiatric Nursing 6-9 November 2014 St. Julians, Malta.
  • Wolfensberger, P., Schwarze, T., Zuaboni, G., Hahn, S. and Richter, D., 2014. Zielorientierte psychiatrische Pflege (ORIENT) – Qualitative Ergebnisse. In: Hahn, S., Hegedüs, A., Finklenburg, U., Needham, I., Stefan, H., Schulz, M. and Schoppmann, S., eds. 11. Dreiländerkongress Pflege in der Psychiatrie 9-10 October 2014 Bern. Bern, Switzerland: Verlag Berner Fachhochschule, 275.
  • Wolfensberger, P., 2013. Negotiating uncertainty: an aspect of personal recovery in people living with mental illness - a workshop. In: Horatio - European Psychiatric Nursing Conference 31 October-2 November 2013 Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Wolfensberger, P., Hahn, S., Richter, D., Schwarze, T. and Zuaboni, G., 2013. Recovery oriented mental health nursing: a pilot Intervention study. In: Recovery-Focused Conference: Engagment in Life: Promoting Wellbeing and Mental Health 6 September 2013 Bournemouth, UK.
  • Wolfensberger, P., 2012. Homophobie in der Pflege – latent, existent, verkannt. In: Hahn, S., Stefan, H., Abderhalden, C., Needham, I., Hegedüs, A., Finklenburg, U. and Schoppmann, S., eds. 9. Dreiländerkongress Pflege in der Psychiatrie 4-5 October 2012 Vienna, Austria. Bern, Switzerland: Verlag Forschung & Entwicklung Pflege, UPD, 325.
  • Schäfli, N., Ilic, S., Lehmann, J. and Wolfensberger, P., 2012. MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO – wie können somatische Themen in der psychiatrischen Pflege integriert werden? In: Hahn, S., Stefan, H., Abderhalden, C., Needham, I., Schulz, M., Hegedüs, A., Finklenburg, U. and Schoppmann, S., eds. 9. Dreiländerkongress Pflege in der Psychiatrie 4-5 October 2012 Vienna, Austria. Bern, Switzerland: Verlag Forschung & Entwicklung Pflege, UPD, 386.
  • Wolfensberger, P., Aust, W., Bialas, M., Bourke-Gerber, B., Bregenzer, U., Gabriel-Andersen, L., Lanthemann, H. and Prassek, J., 2011. Pflegeentwicklung praxisnah. In: Hahn, S., Abderhalden, C., Needham, I., Stefan, H., Schulz, M. and Schoppmann, S., eds. 8. Dreiländerkongress Pflege in der Psychiatrie 6-7 October 2011 Bern, Switzerland. Bern, Switzerland: Verlag Forschung & Entwicklung Pflege, UPD, 316.

Reports

  • Wolfensberger, P., 2009. Promotion of health with the elderly population living at home in relation to prevention of depression. Cardiff University: Cardiff University, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies.
  • Wolfensberger, P., 2008. NANDA Nursing Diagnoses in Contemporary Mental Health Nursing Practice - Chance or Thread?. Cardiff University: Cardiff University, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies.
  • Wolfensberger, P., 2008. From pattern appraisal to unitary appreciative inquiry - a critical reflection on the development of the unitary appreciative inquiry method. Cardiff University: Cardiff University, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies.
  • Wolfensberger, P., 2008. The concept of despair in nursing practice - a research critique. Cardiff University: Cardiff University, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies.

Theses

  • Wolfensberger, P., 2011. Homophobia in Nursing A critical interpretive synthesis. Master's Thesis. Cardiff University, School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies.

External Responsibilities

Networks

  • Swiss Network of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing Development and Research (npfp).

Qualifications

  • MSc in Nursing Studies (Cardiff University, 2012)

Memberships

The data on this page was last updated at 04:09 on May 26, 2017.