Dagmar van Nimwegen, MSc (1993) obtained her master’s degree in Chemistry in 2017, with a specialisation in Science, Management and Innovation (SMI) at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Her master specialisation focused on research within health care, for which she did her master thesis at GGD Gelderland-Zuid on the subject: protection against infectious diseases before and during pregnancy in the Dutch orthodox Protestant community. Subsequently, she worked as junior researcher at GGD Gelderland-Zuid where she did research on antibiotic resistance in home care organisations, and at GAIN where she worked as coordinator on a study on the prevalence of resistant microorganisms in nursing homes.
Since 19 June 2018, Dagmar has been working as PhD candidate at the research group Chronic Diseases of Hogeschool Utrecht (HU). Furthermore, she has been working at HU as lecturer within the bachelor Nursing.
Her research focuses on the development of a psychosocial care program for patients after stroke. Every year the number of people who have to live with the consequences of stroke, increases with about 43.000 patients in the Netherlands. This means that currently more than 320.000 people have suffered a stroke, and this number will only increase further in the next few years. Besides physical consequences, a large number of patients also suffer from psychosocial consequences after stroke, of which symptoms of depression and anxiety are most common. To improve recovery after stroke, it is of importance to develop an efficient care program. Therefore, the psychosocial care after stroke will be studied, where the aim is to get insight in the current practice in psychosocial care, in the best practices as experienced by patients and health care providers, and in potential improvements of this care as experienced by patients and health care providers. Furthermore, this study aims to get insight in the wishes and needs of both patients and health care providers after stroke, the course of psychosocial problems in stroke patients during the first year after stroke, and the available evidence for (components of) psychosocial care in stroke patients. All findings will be combined to develop a care programme for the first year after stroke, to efficiently prevent or treat psychosocial problems – such as symptoms of depression and anxiety.
During several summer holidays (2011-2014), Dagmar worked as a hostess at a psychogeriatric department, where she developed a great interest in health care, the field of nursing, and especially in people with a neurological disorder. During her work at this department and at GGD Gelderland-Zuid she noticed a lot can be improved in the care of people with neurological disorders, and she discovered it is her ambition to study this care to be able to contribute to improving this care. She aims to integrate the findings of her study in education and the nursing field to contribute to creating awareness on potential improvements in care for neurological patients and – if possible – implementing these improvements.
- June 2018 – present: PhD candidate Hogeschool Utrecht, Research Centre for Healthy and Sustainable Living, Research group Chronic Diseases
- June 2018 – present: Lecturer at bachelor Nursing, Hogeschool Utrecht
- April 2018 – June 2018: Research coordinator, GAIN
- April 2017 – December 2017: Junior researcher, GGD Gelderland-Zuid
- 2015 – 2017: Master Chemistry, specialisation Science, Management and Innovation, Radboud University Nijmegen
- 2011 – 2015: Bachelor Chemistry, Radboud University Nijmegen