- Room 002, 7 Portland Villas, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
Lecturer in Adult Nursing
School of Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)
As a lecturer in Adult Nursing, 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
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.
Additionally, in the last couple of years I have conducted research about outdoor health promotion and physical activity linked to learning in natural environments, as a measurement to prevent childhood obesity and tackle health inequalities.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Royal College of Nursing
Public Health/Health Inequalities
Outdoor Health Promotion
In 2013 I was awarded an SNAM Alumni Clinical Research Grant which enabled me to conduct a small-scale action research project: ‘Woodland Health for Youth (WHY): an evaluation of physical health benefits derived from outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) for school-age children'. The WHY project comprised a cross-sector partnership between health, education and environment to explore the physical health benefits of outdoor learning in natural environments (LINE) - Natural Connections Demonstration Project(Plymouth University, Institute of Education).
An extended action research project funded through Good from Woods: ‘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’ built on the WHY project to collate qualitative evidence of children’s experience of outdoor learning.
I am currently working with colleagues on a project called 'Mapping and measuring healthy outcomes in Learning in the Natural Environment (LINE)' - funded through the Institute of Health and Community. The aim of this research is to establish evaluation tools for schools to use to measure healthy outcomes associated with outdoor learning.
With current policy directives pushing towards reducing health inequalities and highlighting public health priorities such as child obesity and the link to social deprivation, this research is timely and suggests an innovative approach to whole-school health promotion using natural environments.
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
Aronsson, J. (2016) ‘Transformative sustainability learning within the undergraduate nursing curriculum’, The Community Practitioner, 89(1), pp. 20-21.
Aronsson, J., Waite, S. and Tighe Clark, M. (2015) 'Measuring the impact of outdoor learning on the physical activity of school age children: The use of accelerometry', Education and Health, 33(3), pp. 57-62.
Aronsson, J. (2013) 'How can SCPHN/school nurses contribute to the sustainability agenda?', Community Practitioner, 86(7), pp. 38-40.
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
Waite, S. and Aronsson, J. (2015) ‘Natural Connections – TowardsNaturally Healthy Schools for Children’European Conference on EducationalResearch (ECER). Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary.
Aronsson, J. and Wright, N. (2015) ‘Woodland Health for Youth’,Walkingthe 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