ds. B. Wortelboer

ds. B. Wortelboer

Assistant Professor
ds. B. Wortelboer
  • Department of Public Health, Healthcare Innovation & Evaluation and Medical Humanities (PHM)
  • Julius Center Research Program Methodology



Dr. Thóra B. Hafsteinsdóttir, PhD, MScN, BSc, RN, is senior researcher at the Department of Nursing Science, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Health care for people with chronic illness at the University of Applied Sciences, and at the Department of Nursing Science, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht as well as Professor of Nursing at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland. Dr. Hafsteinsdóttir was born in Iceland, received her Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in 1984 from the University of Iceland and started her clinical carrier in intensive care nursing. She moved to the Netherlands, received her Master of Science in Nursing in 1994 and her PhD from the University of Utrecht in 2003, entitled Neurodevelopmental treatment in the Early Stage of Stroke. In 2012 she received her Senior Research Qualification: Good Clinical Practice Certification in 2012 and her Senior Teaching Qualification in 2015, both from Faculty of Medicine, University Utrecht. Dr. Hafsteinsdóttir supervises various research and development projects both in the Netherlands, Iceland and international. She serves on numerous international committees, including the organizing committee of the Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership, which will be held in London September 2018. Dr. Hafsteinsdóttir has numerous publications on nursing care and management of patients with stroke and leadership in nursing. She reviews manuscripts for various peer-reviewed international journals and gives lectures nationally and internationally.

Side Activities

Dr. Hafsteinsdóttir was elected as a director on the board of directors of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) honor society of nursing (Sigma) in 2014 and since November 2015 she is serving for a 4 year term 2015-2019.  Sigma Theta Tau International is an honor society of nursing with more than 135.000 members and has 300 chapters in more than 90 countries worldwide.

Chair of the Johanna Diepeveen-Speekenbrink Stichting (JDS-Stichting) since 2010.

Member and board liaison of the editorial board of Journal of Nursing Scholarship of STTI since 2017.

Dr. Hafsteinsdóttir is the past president of the, Rho Chi at Large Chapter of STTI in the Netherlands. In 2011 she was elected as the first STTI Region Coordinator in Europe and was re-elected in 2013. She serves on numerous international committees, including the organizing committee of the Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership, which will be held in London September 2018.

Research Output (90)

Developing leadership in postdoctoral nurses:A longitudinal mixed-methods study

van Dongen Lisa, Cardiff Shaun, Kluijtmans Manon, Schoonhoven Lisette, Hamers Jan P.H., Schuurmans Marieke J., Hafsteinsdóttir Thóra B. 2021, In: Nursing Outlook. 69 , p. 550-564 15 p.

Developing ActivABLES for community-dwelling stroke survivors using the Medical Research Council framework for complex interventions

Olafsdottir Steinunn A., Jonsdottir Helga, Magnusson Charlotte, Caltenco Héctor, Kytö Mikko, Maye Laura, McGookin David, Bjartmarz Ingibjörg, Arnadottir Solveig Asa, Hjaltadottir Ingibjörg, Hafsteinsdottir Thora B. 25 May 2020, In: BMC Health Services Research. 20

Predictive accuracy of the Post-Stroke Depression Prediction Scale:A prospective binational observational study✰

Hirt Julian, van Meijeren Lianne C.J., Saal Susanne, Hafsteinsdóttir Thóra B., Hofmeijer Jeannette, Kraft Andrea, Meyer Gabriele, de Man-van Ginkel Janneke M. 8 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Affective Disorders. 265 , p. 39-44 6 p.

The Leadership Mentoring in Nursing Research Program for Postdoctoral Nurses:A Development Paper

Hafsteinsdóttir Thóra B., Schoonhoven Lisette, Hamers Jan, Schuurmans Marieke J. 1 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 52 , p. 435-445 11 p.

Postdoctoral nursing researcher career:A scoping review of required competences

Numminen Olivia, Virtanen Heli, Hafsteinsdóttir Thóra, Leino-Kilpi Helena, Jan 2020, In: Nursing Open. 7 , p. 7-29 23 p.

The Global Leadership Mentoring Community:building capacity across seven global regions

Rosser E., Buckner E., Avedissian T., Cheung D. S.K., Eviza K., Hafsteinsdóttir T. B., Hsu M. Y., Kirshbaum M. N., Lai C., Ng Y. C., Ramsbotham J., Waweru S. 2020, In: International Nursing Review. 67 , p. 484-494 11 p.

Postdoctoral Nurses' Experiences With Leadership and Career Development:A Qualitative Study

de Lange Wendela, Kars Marijke C., Poslawsky Irina E., Schuurmans Marieke J., Hafsteinsdóttir Thóra B. 21 Oct 2019, In: Journal of Nursing Scholarship. 51 , p. 689-698 10 p.

Designing motivating interactive balance and walking training for stroke survivors

Magnusson C., Ólafsdóttir S. A., Caltenco H., Rassmus-Gröhn K., Hafsteinsdottir T., Jónsdóttir H., Hjaltadóttir I., Rydeman B. 20 May 2019, p. 327-333 7 p.

Development and testing of an analytic rubric for a master's course systematic review of the literature:A cross-sectional study

Gamel Claudia, van Andel Sanne Gratama, de Haan Willemina I, Hafsteinsdóttir Thóra B 12 Dec 2018, In: Education for health (Abingdon, England). 31 , p. 72-79 8 p.

Perspectives of parents and nurses on the content validity of the Family Empowerment Scale for parents of children with a chronic condition:A mixed-methods study

Segers Elisabeth W., van den Hoogen Agnes, van Eerden Irene C., Hafsteinsdóttir Thora, Ketelaar Marjolijn 13 Nov 2018, In: Child Care Health and Development. 45 , p. 111-120 10 p.

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