Associate Professor Patrea Andersen

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Associate Professor Patrea Andersen


Teaching areas

  • Law and Ethics
  • Independent Study
  • HDR Supervision

Research areas

  • simulation
  • teaching and learning
  • competency assessment
  • practice development
  • reflective practice


Associate Professor Patrea Andersen has 25 years experience in nursing education, the majority of which has been in New Zealand. Patrea is involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and HDR supervision. She has a particular interest in simulation, competency assessment, reflective practice, practice development and professional issues impacting on the preparation and development of health professionals. Patrea holds a number of governance and leadership roles. She is a visiting Principal Fellow with the Faculty of Infomatics at the University of Wollongong and an active member of the Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery (ANZ), SLE Advisory group and a member of ASSH.

Community engagement

  • Sydney Business School Faculty Advisory Committee member
  • Collaborative Future’s Project Committee member
  • Skills Academic Research Centre (SARC) Committee member

Professional memberships

  • Member CDNM SLE Advisory Group
  • Member ASSH
  • Reviewer Journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing
  • Reviewer Nursing Praxis in New Zealand
  • Nurse Education in Practice International Journal Review Panel
  • Reviewer of the International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education
  • Member NLN


  • 2007 Westpac Rotorua Business Excellence Awards. Nomination employee of the year, Waiariki Institute of Technology. Rotorua, NZ
  • Recipient Waiariki Institute of Technology Research Excellence Award 2006

Speaking engagements

  • 2009 Critical comparative nursing assessment: Revealing contemporary issues that influence and challenge the assessment of practice competence. Australasian Nurse Educators Conference. Christchurch N.Z.
  • 2009 A practical exercise in assessing competence: Identifying issues that influence and challenge the process of competency assessment. Australasian Nurse Educators Conference. 30 September 2 October Christchurch N.Z.
  • 2009 Competency decision making processes in nursing. WINTEC Post Graduate Studies Seminar Tauranga
  • 2009 Determining competence to practice. Professional Leadership Seminar. Lakes District Health Board. Rotorua, NZ
  • 2008 Fulfilling professional dreams. Lakes District Health Board. Nurse Entry to Practice (NETS) Programme. Rotorua, NZ
  • 2006 Developing critical thinking and clinical reasoning in nursing. Bay of Plenty District Health Board, Tauranga.
  • 2004 Defining Competence. WINTEC Post Graduate School of Nursing and Midwifery. Hamilton.
  • 2006 Developing tools to assess critical thinking. Graduate Coordinator Conference, Whangarei.
  • 2006 Learning critical thinking through reflective Practice. New Graduate Coordinator Conference, Whangarei.


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