Mrs Gunilla Haydon
School of Nursing and Midwifery
- Phone: (02) 65816357
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
|111002||Clinical Nursing: Primary (Preventative)||30|
|111099||Nursing not elsewhere classified||40|
|111003||Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)||30|
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Journal article (9 outputs)
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) [C1]
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) [C1]
Â© 2016 Nordic College of Caring Science Background: The incidence of cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation continues to increase worldwide largely due to greater aware... [more]
Â© 2016 Nordic College of Caring Science Background: 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.
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', European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 16 475-483 (2017) [C1]
Â© European Society of Cardiology. Background: Survival following cardiac arrest and subsequent cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is increasing worldwide, mainly due to greater ... [more]
Â© European Society of Cardiology. Background: Survival following cardiac arrest and subsequent cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is increasing worldwide, mainly due to greater awareness of the symptoms of cardiac events and an increased attention to CPR training. Although patient outcomes remain unpredictable and quantitative studies suggest that the overall quality of life (QOL) is acceptable, it is valuable to synthesise qualitative studies exploring these phenomena in depth, providing a deeper knowledge of survivors' experiences and QOL. Aims: To critically appraise and synthesise the qualitative literature on survivors' experiences of a cardiac arrest and CPR with the aim of identifying common themes that can inform clinical pathways and thereby improve survivor outcomes and QOL. Methods: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of the qualitative literature, using Thomas and Harden's framework, and confined to peer-reviewed papers published from 2000 to 2015, which were identified through database searches of EBSCO, OVID and ProQuest. Results: The search produced 204 papers, and of these, seven relevant papers were identified for review. Data extraction included setting, participants, research design, data collection, analysis and themes. Five qualitative themes were identified and were the subject of this meta-synthesis: multitude of contrasting feelings; disruption in the continuum of time; new reality and psychological challenges; changed body with new limitations; and confrontation with death. Conclusion: This review provides insights into the experiences of survivors' QOL after CPR. Increased knowledge can improve person-centred care in the immediate and forthcoming care after the event, both in terms of planning for discharge and in the future care of people who survive a cardiac arrest.
Day J, Taylor ACT, Summons P, Van Der Riet P, Hunter S, Maguire J, et al., 'Home care packages: Insights into the experiences of older people leading up to the introduction of consumer directed care in Australia', Australian Journal of Primary Health, 23 162-169 (2017) [C1]
Â© 2017 La Trobe University. This paper reports phase one, conducted from March to June 2015, of a two-phase, qualitative descriptive study designed to explore the perceptions and... [more]
Â© 2017 La Trobe University. This paper reports phase one, conducted from March to June 2015, of a two-phase, qualitative descriptive study designed to explore the perceptions and experiences of older people before and after the introduction of consumer directed care (CDC) to home care packages (HCP) in Australia. Eligible consumers with a local HCP provider were mailed information about the study. Data collection occurred before the introduction of CDC and included face-To-face, in-depth interviews, summaries of interviews, field notes and reflective journaling. Semi-structured questions and 'emotional touchpoints' relating to home care were used to guide the interview conversation. Line-by-line data analysis, where significant statements were highlighted and clustered to reveal emergent themes, was used. Five older people, aged 81 to 91 years, participated in the study. The four emergent themes were: seeking quality and reciprocity in carer relationships; patchworking services; the waiting game; and technology with utility. Continuity of carers was central to the development of a trusting relationship and perceptions of care quality among older consumers. Care coordinators and workers should play a key role in ensuring older people receive timely information about CDC and their rights and responsibilities. Participants' use of contemporary technologies suggests opportunities to improve engagement of HCP clients in CDC.
Haydon G, Browne G, van der Riet P, 'Narrative inquiry as a research methodology exploring person centred care in nursing', Collegian, (2016)
Â© 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]
Â© 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.
Day J, Taylor ACT, Summons P, Van Der Riet P, Hunter S, Maguire J, et al., 'Home care packages: insights into the experiences of older people leading up to the introduction of consumer directed care in Australia.', Aust J Prim Health, (2016)
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]
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]
Haydon G, van der Riet P, 'A Narrative Inquiry: How do nurses respond to patients' use of humour?', Contemp Nurse, (2013)
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Conference (5 outputs)
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, Canberra (2016)
Haydon GC, Van der Riet P, Maguire J, 'The suitability for narrative inquiry in health research', Melbourne (2015) [E3]
Haydon GC, Van der Riet P, Maguire J, 'Qualitative and quantitative research in quality of life after surviving a cardiac arrest', Melbourne (2015) [E3]
Haydon GC, Van Der Riet PJ, 'Humour in nursing', 2nd Australian Capital Region Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference. Conference Proceedings, Canberra, ACT (2012) [E3]
|2010||Haydon GC, 'Student nurses gain an insight to research and global nursing', 3rd International Nurse Education Conference. Poster Programme, Sydney (2010) [E3]|
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Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||1|
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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|
Lynette Bowen, Pamela Van der Riet, Gunilla Haydon
|Scheme||H&C ICTN Research & Quality Improvement Small Grants|
|Type Of Funding||Other Public Sector - Commonwealth|
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