Ms Jennie Aronsson
Lecturer in Adult Nursing (Education)
School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health)
As a lecturer in Adult Health, my role entails teaching on public health and research modules as well as engaging in research to foster a rich learning environment where teaching is underpinned by evidence.
BSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
PgDip Contemporary Healthcare (Education)
My nursing experience derives from practising in three different countries: Sweden, Canada and the UK. Initially my main area of interest was female healthcare; I have worked in two different gynaecology wards, one female health clinic and at a Labour and Delivery unit as an obstetric nurse. Upon arrival in the UK I completed a BSc in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, which led to a post within the school nursing service. From there I branched out to work within sexual health, based at the Chlamydia Screening Office.
I am currently undertaking doctorate research on the awareness of, attitudes towards and action for sustainability and planetary health from the perspective of nursing students and educators. This builds on the legacy from the NurSus project: nursus.eu/
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Royal College of Nursing
Public Health/ Health Inequalities
Evidence-Informed Decision-Making/ Research
Sustainability Education/ Nature-based Health Promotion
Staff serving as external examiners
External Examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University on the BSc (Hons) & PgDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing –
School Nursing programme and CPD Nursing Modular Studies
Recent years have seen a surge in action to combat climate change globally, nationally and locally. The UK parliament became the first in the world to declare a climate emergency in 2019, the NHS recently launched its ‘For a greener NHS’ campaign and the strategy for the University of Plymouth (Our strategy 2030) embeds sustainability as a core principle. Within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, ample work has been done to embed sustainability in nursing education through the NurSus project (nursus.eu). There is a need to ensure that this is maintained within the nursing curriculum, and to expand on our understanding of the relevance of sustainability in nursing. The aim for my PhD study is to explore the awareness of and attitudes towards sustainability and climate change from the perspective of student nurses and nurse educators.
My PhD study builds on previous research within the area of sustainability and climate change in nursing education. I have also conducted research on the link between learning outside in natural environment and health/wellbeing outcomes in school-aged children.
Grants & contracts
SNAM Alumni Clinical Research Grant with matched funding by Plymouth Green Infrastructure Team/Stepping Stones to Nature, Plymouth City Council (2013 – 2014) to explore the physical health benefits derived from outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) for school-age children
Good from Woods (Silvanus Trust and Plymouth University (Outdoor and Experiential Learning Network, Faculty of Education),2014) funded action research project exploring the well-being outcomes of outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) in a local primary school
Institute of Health Community Pump Priming (2015) funding for Mapping and measuring health outcomes in Learning in the Natural Environment project
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Aronsson, J. (2022) 'Nursing students' responses to unsustainable clinical practice: a cohort study', International Nurse Education Conference 2022. From education to impact: Transforming nursing and midwifery education, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.
Howes, S. and Aronsson, J. (2021) 'A sea change: partnering with students for sustainable innovation in healthcare', Sustainable Earth 2021, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK.
Richardson, J. and Aronsson. J. (2019) 'Can sustainability sessions in undergraduate nurse education influence practice?', Sustainability and Health: Small Steps, Big Changes, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK.
Sharman, J. and Aronsson, J. (2018) Poster: ‘Accessing Urban Greenspaces for Health and Wellbeing’, Celebrating and Developing Community Engagement, Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, UK.
Waite, S. and Aronsson, J. (2015) ‘Natural Connections – Towards Naturally Healthy Schools for Children’European Conference on Educational Research (ECER). Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary.
Aronsson, J. and Wright, N. (2015) ‘Woodland Health for Youth’,Walking the Talk conference, Plymouth University, Plymouth , UK.
Sharman, J. and Aronsson, J. (2014) ‘Stepping Stones to Nature’, HealthyPlaces Matter - Peninsula Public Health Network 8th Annual Conference,Buckfast Abbey, Buckfastleigh, UK
Tighe, M., Waite, S. and Aronsson, J. (2013) ‘Health by stealth:Improving Child Health through Outdoor Learning’, Growing Plymouth’sHealth and Wealth through the Natural Environment, Hamoaze House, Plymouth,UK
Aronsson, J., Tighe Clark, M. and Waite, S. (2014) Woodland Health for Youth (WHY): an evaluation of physical health benefits derived from outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) for school-age children. Available at: http://www.lotc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Woodland-Health-for-Youth-WHY-project-report.pdf
Aronsson, J. and Wright, N. (2014) A qualitative study of the physical health benefits and well-being outcomes associated with outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) for year 2 school children. Available at: http://www.goodfromwoods.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MayflowersummaryFINAL-no-pics.pdf
Reports & invited lectures
Other academic activities
Together with colleagues, I lead the Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing Interest Group SHWIG (https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/shwig), winner of the Vice-Chancellor's award for Sustainability at the University of Plymouth 2022:
Winner - The Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing Interest Group
Jennie Aronsson, Dr Andy Nichols, Sarah Howes
Faculty of Health
The Sustainability, Health and Wellbeing Interest Group fly the sustainability flag to meet the University’s core ambitions. They are instrumental in driving academic, student and grassroots activities locally, nationally and internationally to create, develop and meet broad sustainability goals. These include wellbeing, education, research and solutions. Sustainability education for over 1000 students last year has contributed to adoption of sustainable change. They work collaboratively, welcoming all, sharing and motivating through fostering research, supporting each other and celebrating successes.