Thu 31 Oct 2019

Nursing staff present work at Research Seminar

WITT’s nursing students are fortunate to have a group of highly-skilled tutors who are passionate not only about healthcare, but also about education and continual improvement.

Each year, WITT holds a series of public research seminars, known as Ngā Ara Rangahau. Seminar Five will take place on Friday 15 November and feature a line-up of six current nursing staff, presenting on research they’ve been working on. 

Dr Ruth Crawford, Director of WITT’s School of Nursing, Health & Wellness said the number of nursing staff who are also undertaking research is significant.

“One of the ways we improve is through reflection and research,” she said. “We have a staff of wonderful tutors who are also contributing to their field through their research.

“The research being undertaken by WITT tutors shows their dedication to their practice and getting the best results with their students.”

An active researcher herself, Ruth completed her PhD in 2014 and has research interests in many areas of health and education, such as Māori health workforce development, the impact of paid work on first-year nursing students and the impact of smartphones in nursing education.

Open to anyone, speakers at Seminar Five will cover the following topics:

  • The use of action learning sets to support problem solving in practice within the modern apprenticeship bachelor of nursing programme.

Su Greensill - Nursing tutor

  • Bachelor of Nursing bi-cultural week.

Dee-Anna Ritai - Nursing tutor

  • Teaching and learning needs to be regularly evaluated as part of normal practice.

Helen Bingham - Nursing tutor

  • Exploring the efficacy of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) activities as part of the teaching and learning in a bachelor of nursing program.

Tara Malone - Nursing tutor

  • Implementing the flipped classroom into case studies in year 2 undergraduate nursing and lessons learned.

Helen Lelean and Liss Wildbore - Nursing tutors

  • Undergraduate nursing students learn communication skills in their paid work: Findings from a multi-institutional research study across Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Ruth Crawford - Director, School of Nursing, Health and Wellness

  • Work readiness of new graduate nurses: a professional consensus.

Diana Fergusson - WITT research and innovation manager


The seminar will run from 9.30am-12.30pm on Friday 15 November in the Boardroom at WITT’s New Plymouth campus, 20 Bell Street, Welbourn.