Nurs­ing fi­nal­ists

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Other projects Dr RossAd­jie is work­ing on in­clude a study of the ma­ter­nity care needs of fly-in fly-out fam­i­lies and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the rea­sons be­hind a marked de­cline in breast­feed­ing rates by six months af­ter birth.

Prue An­drus be­lieves teach­ing is in her blood – and the Mur­doch Univer­sity nurs­ing lec­turer has the track record to prove it.

A reg­is­tered nurse, Ms An­drus has at var­i­ous points in her life also qual­i­fied as a scuba div­ing, sky div­ing and first aid in­struc­tor.

She also spent six years in the Australian De­fence Force Re­serves, where she found her­self train­ing medics.

“Teach­ing is a nat­u­ral method of com­mu­ni­ca­tion for me and ed­u­ca­tion is a big part of what a reg­is­tered nurse does in nor­mal daily prac­tice – we are con­stantly ed­u­cat­ing our pa­tients and col­leagues – so it was an easy tran­si­tion,” she said.

Ms An­drus be­gan teach­ing at Mur­doch Univer­sity in 2006 and is the cur­rent aca­demic lead for sim­u­la­tion across the Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing pro­gram.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is such an in­spir­ing field to work in and part of our job is to re­search and find the best ev­i­dence­backed teach­ing prac­tices and that’s where sim­u­la­tion comes in,” she said. Mur­doch Univer­sity nurs­ing lec­turer Prue An­drus.

“It’s a method that is re­ally en­joy­able to teach and use be­cause its easy to see the im­pact on learn­ers and you can watch them grow across semesters and through­out the three-year cur­ricu­lum.”

Sim­u­lated hos­pi­tal wards pop­u­lated by life-like man­nequins have be­come in­creas­ingly in­te­gral to nurs­ing cur­ricu­lums over the past decade.

“When I first started in 2006, iso­lated lec­tur­ers would use sim­u­la­tion now and again but the mo­men­tum has grown over the last 10 years so that sim­u­la­tion is now firmly em­bed­ded across all units and years,” Ms An­drus said.

“It makes learn­ing a lot more holis­tic; stu­dents have to ap­proach a man­nequin in bed and in­tro­duce them­selves, look at the med­i­cal notes and work out the pa­tient’s is­sue, go to the drug room, choose and pre­pare the cor­rect med­i­ca­tion and then go back to the ward to ad­min­is­ter, com­plete doc­u­men­ta­tion and do post­care.”

Last year Mur­doch Univer­sity du­pli­cated its Man­durah sim­u­la­tion suite at its South Street Cam­pus and Ms An­drus now splits her time be­tween both lo­ca­tions.

She has been se­lected as a one of three fi­nal­ists in the Ex­cel­lence in Teach­ing cat­e­gory of the awards.

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