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Philippa SeatonDirector, Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

MA(Massey) PhD (Griffith) RN


Dr Philippa Seaton joined the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies at the University of Otago, Christchurch in 2014.

Philippa has held academic positions in both New Zealand and Australian tertiary institutions, and in her current role is responsible for the academic and strategic management of the Centre.

Philippa's main research interests are how to best utilise the health workforce for quality care, and how technology can enhance health professionals' learning. She has particular expertise in planning and implementing technology-enhanced programmes in health professionals' education.

Research interests

  • Nursing/Health workforce
  • Technology enhanced teaching and learning
  • Health service delivery (including e-health)
  • Clinical simulation

Teaching responsibilities

Supervision responsibilities

  • PhD students and Masters students

Professional memberships/affiliations

  • Member, University of Otago, Christchurch Research Committee, 2015–current
  • Member, Council of Deans of Nursing and Midwifery, Australia and New Zealand, 2014–current
  • Member, Canterbury District Health Board eLearning Capability Group, Christchurch, NZ. 2012–current
  • Editorial Board Member and Reviewer International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches (ISSN 1834-0806) 2006-current
  • Reviewer Contemporary Nurse (ISSN 1037-6178) 2008-current
  • Reviewer Nursing Inquiry (ISSN 1320-7881) 2005-current

Grants (since 2006)

  • Seaton, P., Crowe, M., Jones, V., McCall, C., Huria, T., Burrell, B., & Dean, J., (2015) University of Otago Teaching Development Grant. Think like a nurse: Crossing the threshold with technology enhanced learning.
  • Seaton, P., Seaton, L., Christie, D., Dallas, J., & Walker, L. (2013). The McCutchan Trust Fund (New Zealand Nursing Education and Research Foundation). Positive Impacts of nursing on patient care: How do nurses make a difference?
  • Edgecombe, K., Seaton, P. (Project Mentor), Monahan, K., LePage, S., Meyer, S., Erlam, G., & Jeffries, P. (2011). Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence – National Project Collaboration Grant. Collaboration in clinical simulation – leading the way.
  • Seaton, L., Seaton, P., Yarwood. J. (2011). Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Preparedness for sudden change: Lessons from managing large scale disruption within a Bachelor of Nursing learning community.
  • Sims, D., Watson, P., Saarikoski, M., Seaton, P., Whittle, R., & Jamieson, I. (2009). Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Evaluating the quality of workplace learning for student nurses in community settings.
  • University of Canterbury, University of Auckland, & Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology – (Health Project Team: Basu, A., Seaton, P., [Nursing Project Leader] & Kirk, R.). (2008). New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission. Immersive learning through virtual reality.
  • Seaton, P., Watson, P., Jamieson, I., Sims, D., & Saarikoski, M. (2008). Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Evaluating the quality of workplace learning for student nurses.
  • Watson, P., Seaton, P., Frost, S., Manderson, D., McConchie, R., Richardson, A., Yarwood, J., & Andrew, C. (2008). Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Learners' needs and practice-based learning informing tertiary teaching (Community nurses & child & youth health focus).
  • Basu, A., Seaton, P., Kirk, R., Hanley, E., O'Steen, B., Sheehan, D., & Allan, M. (2008). Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. Review of the effectiveness of educational tools for teaching telehealth care.


Meeks, M., Milligan, K., Seaton, P., & Josland, H. (2023). Interprofessional education: Let’s listen to the students. Nursing Praxis in Aotearoa New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.36951/001c.87828

Gordge, B., Healee, D., & Seaton, P. (2023). The utilisation of continuous glucose monitoring in ICU and its transferability to the ward setting: A nursing perspective. Proceedings of the 46th New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster 20. Retrieved from

Van Asperen, A., Lesā, R., & Seaton, P. (2023). Nurses' experiences in a rural interprofessional simulation course. Focus on Health Professional Education, 24(1), 69-84. doi: 10.11157/fohpe.v24i1.577

Lesā, R., Moir, C., & Seaton, P. (2023). An exploration of the effectiveness of two simulation modalities to support student nurse preparation for clinical practice. Proceedings of the Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) Festival. 317. Retrieved from

Robertson-Smith, J., Lesa, R., & Seaton, P. (2022). Facilitating in-situ simulations in an acute care environment: A qualitative study. Journal of Nursing Education & Practice, 12(2), 42-49. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v12n2p42

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