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Mrs Gunilla Haydon


School of Nursing and Midwifery

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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 (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Haydon G, van der Riet P, 'Narrative inquiry: A relational research methodology suitable to explore narratives of health and illness', Nordic Journal of Nursing Research, 37 85-89 (2017)
DOI 10.1177/2057158516675217
2017 Haydon G, van der Riet P, Maguire J, 'Survivors' quality of life after cardiopulmonary resuscitation: an integrative review of the literature', SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES, 31 6-26 (2017)
DOI 10.1111/scs.12323
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2017 Haydon G, van der Riet P, Inder K, 'A systematic review and meta-synthesis of the qualitative literature exploring the experiences and quality of life of survivors of a cardiac arrest.', Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs, 16 475-483 (2017)
DOI 10.1177/1474515117705486
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet, Kerry Inder
2016 Haydon G, Browne G, van der Riet P, 'Narrative inquiry as a research methodology exploring person centred care in nursing', Collegian, (2016)

© 2017 Australian College of Nursing Ltd. Background: Although, person centred care has for a long time been an important approach to nursing care, it is often not a reality in t... [more]

© 2017 Australian College of Nursing Ltd. Background: Although, person centred care has for a long time been an important approach to nursing care, it is often not a reality in the clinical environment. The focus of health research has, until recently, been on the physical aspects of a persons' illness and this has influenced how care is delivered. There is a need to broaden the focus from the illness to the person who is ill. A holistic approach to the persons' social and cultural experience of their illness will aid health care professions to provide person centred care.This paper will make the argument that narrative inquiry is a well suited to health care research in general and nursing research in particular as it focuses its inquiry on the individual person's experience of their illness - 'what matters' from the person's point of view. Narrative inquiry explores the narrative from a temporal, social and spatial view. Conclusions: There is a need to find what is important from the patients' 'point of view' to optimise care. Narrative Inquiry is a methodology often used in education and sociology. It is a gentle relational methodology that has the capability to uncover what is important to the person in their situation. The research findings are presented narratively, that is, informally and engagingly for the consumer of the research.

DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2017.03.001
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet, Graeme Browne
2016 Day JL, Taylor A, Summons P, van der riet, Hunter, Maguire, et al., 'Home care packages: Insights into the experiences of older epople leading up to the introduction of consumer directed care in Australia', Australian Journal of Primary Health, (2016) [C1]
DOI 10.1071/PY16022
Co-authors Margaret Harris, Helen Bellchambers, Peter Summons, Sarah Jeong, Pamela Vanderriet, Isabel Higgins, Ann Taylor, Jenny Day, Sharyn Hunter
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
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Graeme Browne, Pamela Vanderriet
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
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
2013 Haydon G, van der Riet P, 'A Narrative Inquiry: How do nurses respond to patients' use of humour?', Contemp Nurse, (2013)
DOI 10.5172/conu.2013.3875
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet
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Conference (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Day JL, Hunter S, Taylor A, Summons P, van der riet, Jeong, et al., 'Early insights into older consumer experiences with consumer directed care', Early insights into older consumer experiences with consumer directed care (2016)
Co-authors Pamela Vanderriet, Peter Summons, Jenny Day, Ann Taylor, Margaret Harris, Sharyn Hunter, Isabel Higgins, Sarah Jeong
2015 Haydon GC, Van der Riet P, Maguire J, 'The suitability for narrative inquiry in health research' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors 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
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

Lynette Bowen, Pamela Van der Riet, Gunilla Haydon

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


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Heart-felt research improving outcomes for cardiac arrest survivors

May 30, 2017

Research from the University of Newcastle (UON) is drawing on the personal stories of cardiac arrest survivors to improve their care in hospital and subsequent quality of life.

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