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Cover image for lecture: Simulation to Develop Non-Technical Skills

Lecture Overview

This session will explore the current literature around immersive mental health simulation and extrapolate what this means for nurse educators in our quest to develop professional, non-technical skills that are essential for a student to transition to safe nursing practice.


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space. See Educator Profile


9 Total Rating(s)
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Patricia Ajun
11 Jun 2019


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25 May 2019

Good resource

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Katrina Ruth Wilkinson
18 May 2019

Interesting resource and well presented.

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Clare Bock
10 May 2019

I enjoyed this session as it reviewed the context of using simulation and how it applies to student learning strategies

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Colin Gardiner
25 Apr 2019

Good presentation. This made me remember simulation training we did for mental healyth training and interviewing we did with actors and that was a great learning experience.

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Shivani Mittal
23 Apr 2019

Seems good.

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Wendy Marelle Sheppard
14 Apr 2019

Good informative session with presenter easy to listen too and watch.

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Kirsty Doonan
11 Apr 2019


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Renu Renu
10 Apr 2019

Interesting topic