Murdoch University nursing trio win awards for teaching


Caroline Browne is one of three nursing lecturers at Murdoch University who won teaching awards.
Caroline Browne is one of three nursing lecturers at Murdoch University who won teaching awards.

THREE Murdoch University nursing lecturers have won national teaching awards for their innovative learning programs.

Martin Hopkins and Prue Andrus won praise for a simulation program to help students experience clinical environments.

Caroline Browne took undergraduates on work placements in developing countries like Thailand and Cambodia.

All three were given Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

The Citations were part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching, administered by the Department of Education and Training.

“We thrive on seeing students develop their knowledge, clinical skills and love for nursing, and to be rewarded for it is the icing on the cake,” said Dr Hopkins said.

Ms Browne undertook a similar placement when she was a university student, and she said the experience had resonated throughout her nursing career.

“These placements enable students the opportunity to experience nursing and health care in a very different setting to the one they experience in Perth,” she said.

“It helps them to develop communication and cross cultural awareness skills, which is very useful in a multicultural country such as Australia.”

All three nursing lecturers were also recently recognised by Murdoch University for their teaching excellence.

Dr Hopkins, Ms Andrus and Ms Browne will receive their awards at a ceremony on Thursday, October 6 at Fraser’s King’s Park.