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Dr. Colleen Ryan

Head of Professional Practice - Lecturer
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE), Creative Arts Research Training Academy (CARTA), Health Workforce Academy
Working From Home

As a registered nurse and nursing educator I have had diverse clinical and clinical educator experiences, most recently focussed on facilitation roles and on medical/surgical nursing.

My area of interest in nursing education and research is primarily clinical teaching and my goal is to be a sought after educator to support stakeholders working in the clinical teaching/work integrated learning space. 

This broad subject means I am an engaged researcher and educator in the following areas;

  1. professional development and professional identity formation for registered nurses working in both classroom and clinical settings and transitioning to clinical teaching role 
  2. work integrated learning 
  3. supporting students undertaking WIL
  4. story and narrative pedagogy in nursing
  5. healthcare simulation 
  6. research methodologies - action research approaches, critical social theory, systematic reviews, 


Universities Studied At

Curtin University

James Cook University 

Central Queensland University 

Universities Worked At

Central Queensland University -clinical facilitator, academic 

University of Sunshine Coast - clinical facilitator 


Awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Learning and Teaching (Tier 2) 2019

Multiple reviewer (of the month) and recognition for reviewer awards Elsevier, Nurse Education in Practice and Collegian 

Previous teaching

Previous to teaching at CQ University I have worked as a clinical facilitator at several facilities on the Sunshine Coast. I also have extensive experience facilitating and evaluating educational workshops in both present and past employment.

Professional Memberships

Member Australian Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS)

Member International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation Learning (INACSL)

Group member INACSL Australian Regional Interest Group (RIG) 

Group member Peer Supported Open Dialogue WA/QLD 

Member HealthySimulation 

Key Achievements

See my work here ORCID: 0000-0002-1126-3901

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3901 Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • 4205 Nursing
  • 5003 Philosophy
  • 3903 Education Systems
  • 4203 Health services and systems

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy - Work integrated learning (incl. internships)
Introducing innovative clinical teaching methods and approaches as well as using action research approaches in the design and evaluation of educational interventions

Health Sciences

Health services and systems - Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
My area of interest in nursing education and research is primarily clinical teaching. This broad subject allows me to research and teach into the following areas; clinical teacher professional development and professional identity formation for working in both classroom and clinical settings work integrated learning undergraduate clinical education undergraduate professional identity formation story and narrative pedagogy in nursing healthcare simulation

Health Sciences

Other health sciences - Other health sciences not elsewhere classified
Nursing Health workforce

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