Patricia Claessens was born on January 25, 1974 in Eeklo, Belgium. At the KaHog she obtained her bachelor degree in nursing (1996). In 1999 she graduated, at the Catholic University of Leuven, as a Master in Nursing Science. In the same year she started working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, Broeders Alexianen, Tienen. In February 2000, she started working as a research associate at the Centre for Health Services and Nursing Research, Catholic University Leuven. At that time she was working on a research project focusing on the implementation of clinical leadership. In 2002, after finishing the project on clinical leadership, she started working at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Catholic University of Leuven, where she conducted a doctoral research project on palliative sedation. In 2012 she obtained her doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences. Since December 2006 she was in charge of the paramedics in a nursing home, VZW St. Anna Wingene. Since December 2008, she is working at the niversity College Artevelde, Ghent, where she is coordinator at the degree programme bachelor in nursing. She is also member of the board of directors of a nursing home. Here areas of expertise are nursing, palliative care, palliative sedation and euthanasia, elderly care and care ethics.
Biography Updated on 15 April 2013