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Gunilla’s interest in education and research was first sparked at an international nursing and education conference in 2010 where she delivered a conference presentation on how a cultural excursion to Thailand influenced students’ perceptions of international nursing and education.

Having lived in Australia and Sweden, and with previous business experience, Gunilla has a wealth of experience to offer students at the Charles Sturt University. She thrives in the tutorial room, where she can interact with students and promote evidence-based practice and research. Gunilla is committed to empowering future nurses as leaders in the advancement of preventative community health services.


Gunilla’s research is driven by a desire to better acknowledge and understand patient experiences, an undertaking that could significantly improve their care and quality of life. Gunilla’s Honours research project explored how humour could influence the patient-nurse therapeutic relationship. Using narrative inquiry, a relatively new methodology at the time, her work led to two well-received publications and multiple conference presentations.

Gunilla Doctorate explored patients’ experiences of surviving cardiac arrest and subsequent cardiopulmonary resuscitation using qualitative methodologies. The findings have been published in six articles as well presentations in multiple international nursing conferences.

Gunilla has a continued interest of the influence of humour in health care and in nursing education and will further explore the impact humour has on both patients and nursing students wellbeing.    

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Nursing, PhD, What is the experience of surviving a cardiac arrest?, University of Newcastle


Award Date: 10 Nov 2021

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Swinburne University of Technology

26 Feb 201815 Nov 2019

Award Date: 11 Dec 2019

Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Honours), How do nurses react to patients humour?, University of Newcastle

26 Feb 201120 Nov 2012

Award Date: 14 Dec 2012

Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, University of Newcastle

Award Date: 17 Dec 2010

External positions

Lecturer, University of Newcastle

01 Feb 201301 Jul 2021

Subject keywords

  • nursing
  • cardiology
  • hunour


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