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Mrs Gunilla Haydon


School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary


Gunilla Haydon is a lecturer in nursing at the Port Macquarie campus, University of Newcastle, Australia. Her current research is investigating the experience of surviving a cardiac arrest and subsequent cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Gunilla is particularly interested in qualitative methodologies, and is using Narrative Inquiry for this study. The knowledge gained from exploring survivors’ experiences aims to improve patient centred care and quality of life.

Gunilla found an interest in research and further involvement in education during her second year in the Bachelor of Nursing Program with a presentation at an international nursing and education conference NETNEP 2010. Gunilla investigated the influence a cultural excursion to a Thai nursing school had on the students’ perception on international nursing. After completing her Bachelor of Nursing Degree she continued studying, completing the Honours program years while she was working at the PMBH.

In her honours program Gunilla explored the influence humour had on the therapeutic relationship nurse/patient relationship. In this study she used Narrative Inquiry, she has two publications from this study and x well received conference presentations. She is sought after by students for research advice and as a supervisor for their honours studies. She is presently supervising.

Gunilla has a passion for education and thrives in the tutorial room where she can interact with students and promote the need for evidence based practise and research.

She also has a commitment to the development of the nursing profession as leaders in the future of health services and the development of preventative health in the community.

Gunilla’s clinical experience includes inpatient medical and surgical nursing. She has a particular interest in cardiac nursing. As well she brings a wide ranging background to her work. Gunilla lived for the first half of her life in Sweden and has run successful small business in Europe and Australia so brings a unique perspective to make her an accomplished teachers and researcher.


  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Newcastle

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111002 Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative) 30
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified 40
111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) 30


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Haydon G, van der Riet P, Browne G, 'A narrative inquiry: Humour and gender differences in the therapeutic relationship between nurses and their patients', Contemporary Nurse, 50 214-226 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/10376178.2015.1021436
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet, Graeme Browne
2014 Haydon G, van der Riet P, 'A narrative inquiry: How do nurses respond to patients' use of humour?', CONTEMPORARY NURSE, 46 197-205 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.5172/conu.2014.46.2.197
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet

Conference (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Haydon GC, Van der Riet P, Maguire J, 'The suitability for narrative inquiry in health research' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Jane Maguire, Pamela Vanderriet
2015 Haydon GC, Van der Riet P, Maguire J, 'Qualitative and quantitative research in quality of life after surviving a cardiac arrest' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet, Jane Maguire
2012 Haydon GC, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Humour in nursing', 2nd Australian Capital Region Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference. Conference Proceedings (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2010 Haydon GC, 'Student nurses gain an insight to research and global nursing', 3rd International Nurse Education Conference. Poster Programme (2010) [E3]
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 1
Total funding $10,298

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20151 grants / $10,298

Development of a strategic plan to enhance students' experience of clinical placement at Port Macquarie Base Hospital$10,298

Funding body: Hunter and Coast Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network

Funding body Hunter and Coast Interdisciplinary Clinical Training Network
Project Team
Scheme H&C ICTN Research & Quality Improvement Small Grants
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
Type Of Funding Other Public Sector - Commonwealth
Category 2OPC

Mrs Gunilla Haydon


School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Phone (02) 65816357
Fax (02) 65839801
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Room Enter Building code/room eg DG22
Location Port Macquarie
Cnr Oxley Highway and Widderson Street
Port Macquarie, NSW 2444