Per Nortvedt

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Phone +47-22844646
Mobile phone 92088324
Visiting address Kirkeveien 166 Fredrik Holsts hus 0450 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1130 Blindern 0318 OSLO

Academic interests

Studies into the foundation of ethics in nursing and medicine, including care ethics and ethics of proximity. Of particular interest is the relationship between moral sensitivity and clinical knowledge.

My other main interest is to study value choices and dilemmas in clinical priorities in nursing and medicine. The question concerning partiality and impartiality in health care priorities is of particular interest in this regard.

I also have an interest in the role of parents and family in deciding for children and noncompetent patients. This includes the role of advanced directives and proxy decisions in health care. Keyword here is shared decisionmaking.

Courses taught

I teach courses in ethics at the medical schoool at all levels, including supervision of phD students and medical students in their thesis. Additionally I teach research ethics and medical ethics at the master of international public health.


  • Professor and leader of the Center for Medical Ethics
  • Adjunct professor at Oslo University High School, Faculty of nursing
  • Doctor in Political Science, University of Oslo 1996
  • Associate professor in Nursing Science 1996 – 2003
  • Master in Nursing Science 1988
  • Specialist nurse anesthetist Rikshospitalet 1983

Positions held

  • Associate editor of Nursing Philosophy and Nursing Research .
  • Referee in Journal of Medical Ethics, Medicine Health Care and Philosophy, Nursing Inquiry and Nursing Ethics.
  • Part member of  PGD extemption Board, Oslo dep, Norway.


  • Professor Steve Edwards, University of Swansea, UK,
  • Professor Chris Gastmans, Catholic  University of Leuven Belgium


Tags: Selected publications


  • Førde, Reidun; Hem, Marit Helene & Nortvedt, Per (2017). Etikk og prioritering i psykiske helsetjenester, I: Reidar Pedersen & Per Nortvedt (red.),  Etikk i psykiske helsetjenester.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-05-48163-3.  Kapitel 12.  s 271 - 290
  • Førde, Reidun; Nortvedt, Per; Pedersen, Reidar & Hem, Marit Helene (2017). Skjønn, usikkerhet og ydmykhet i psykiske helsetjenester, I: Reidar Pedersen & Per Nortvedt (red.),  Etikk i psykiske helsetjenester.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-05-48163-3.  Kapitel 2.  s 41 - 53
  • Hem, Marit Helene; Husum, Tonje Lossius & Nortvedt, Per (2017). Krenkelser i møte med de psykiske helsetjenestene, I: Reidar Pedersen & Per Nortvedt (red.),  Etikk i psykiske helsetjenester.  Gyldendal Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-05-48163-3.  Kapittel 9.  s 210 - 228
  • Jerpseth, Heidi; Dahl, Vegard; Nortvedt, Per & Halvorsen, Kristin (2017). Nurses' role and care practices in decision-making regarding artificial ventilation in late stage pulmonary disease. Nursing Ethics.  ISSN 0969-7330.  24(7), s 821- 832 . doi: 10.1177/0969733015626600
  • Jerpseth, Heidi; Dahl, Vegard; Nortvedt, Per & Halvorsen, Kristin (2017). Older patients with late-stage COPD: their illness experiences and involvement in decision-making regarding mechanical ventilation and noninvasive ventilation. Journal of Clinical Nursing.  ISSN 0962-1067. . doi: 10.1111/jocn.13925
  • Konow-Lund, Anne-Sophie; Heggestad, Anne Kari Tolo; Nortvedt, Per & Christiansen, Bjørg (2017). Developing mature empathy among first-year students: The learning potential of emotional experiences. Nordic journal of nursing research.  ISSN 2057-1585.  s 1- 7 . doi: 10.1177/2057158517722057

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  • Pedersen, Reidar & Nortvedt, Per (2018). Empati i utdanning og praksis. Hva styrer de profesjonelles oppmerksomhet og fortolkning?.
  • Pedersen, Reidar & Nortvedt, Per (2018). Empati, moralsk persepsjon og fortolkning i helsetjenesten. Hva ser vi og hva overseer vi?.
  • Pedersen, Reidar & Nortvedt, Per (2018). Etikk i psykiske helsetjenester. Vit.  (1), s 20- 21
  • Lillemoen, Lillian & Nortvedt, Per (2017). Å skynde seg langsomt, en konsekvens av plikt?. Tidsskriftet sykepleien.  ISSN 0806-7511.

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Published Apr. 13, 2011 2:45 PM - Last modified June 27, 2013 10:51 AM