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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For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.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 (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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)

© 2016 Nordic College of Caring ScienceBackground: The incidence of cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation continues to increase worldwide largely due to greater awaren... [more]

© 2016 Nordic College of Caring ScienceBackground: The incidence of cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation continues to increase worldwide largely due to greater awareness of the symptoms of cardiac events and increased attention to cardiopulmonary resuscitation training in the community. Globally, predicted survival rates after cardiopulmonary resuscitation have remained at 10% for decades and although patient outcome remains unpredictable, there is a positive trend in life expectancy. For a resuscitation attempt to be classed as successful, not only survival but also quality of life has to be evaluated. Aim: The aim of this review was to examine literature that explores the quality of life (QOL) for survivors' after CPR and the influence cognitive impairment, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has had on their QOL. Review methods: This review follows Whittemore and Knafl's framework for an integrative literature review. Electronic databases EBSCO, Ovid, PubMed and EMBASE were searched. After application of the inclusion and exclusion criteria, thirty-six papers published from January 2000 to June 2015 were included in this review. Results: These papers represent a broad spectrum of research evaluating quality of life for survivors of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The heterogeneous research methods and vast number of different research tools make it challenging to compare the findings. The majority of papers concluded that quality of life for survivors of cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was generally acceptable. However, studies also described survivors' experience of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and cognitive dysfunction. Conclusion: A majority of papers reported an acceptable quality of life if the patient survived to hospital discharge. The heterogeneity in quantitative papers was noticeable and indicates a marked variance in patient outcomes. This review highlights the absence of specialized tools used to investigate survivors' experience of the event. Further exploration of the impact cardiopulmonary resuscitation has on the individual may improve ongoing rehabilitation and quality of life levels for survivors.

DOI 10.1111/scs.12323
Co-authors Jane Maguire, Pamela Vanderriet
2016 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, 205715851667521-205715851667521 (2016)
DOI 10.1177/2057158516675217
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)
DOI 10.1071/PY16022
Co-authors Peter Summons, Sarah Jeong, Pamela Vanderriet, Jane Maguire, Jenny Day, Ann Taylor, Sharyn Hunter, Isabel Higgins
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
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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 Pamela Vanderriet, Jane Maguire
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

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

Mrs Gunilla Haydon


School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

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Fax (02) 65839801
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Location Port Macquarie
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Port Macquarie, NSW 2444