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Senior Lecturer
Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

PhD(Otago) MN GradCertTertT RN


An experienced registered nurse and lecturer, Raewyn has worked in a range of clinical and teaching contexts. With educational pedagogies as a core skill, she has developed and implemented strategies to support learning in both the clinical and simulation environment. Raewyn's specific interest is preparing nurses for the high-stakes clinical setting which is increasingly complex.

In June 2019, Raewyn completed her PhD which explored third-year nursing students' experiences in simulation and clinical practice. Raewyn's specific interest was the influence of the learning context on students' development of clinical judgment skills. Raewyn currently facilitates simulation experiences for pre-registration nurses and coordinates courses for postgraduate nurses in advanced health assessment and clinical reasoning, and, nursing education.

Research interests

  • Development of clinical judgment skills in nursing students
  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Clinical simulation

Current teaching responsibilities

  • NURS405 – Convenor Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS418 – Convenor Nursing Education — Principles and Practice
  • Supervision of PhD and Master's students

Professional affiliations / memberships

Executive member of New Zealand Association of Simulation in healthcare (NZASH)

Member of the Education, Simulation, and Safety Collaborative (ESS) (a group of nursing and midwifery academics from Australia and NZ who conduct research designed to improve patient outcomes and advance the scholarship of healthcare simulation.


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

Pile, A., Manning, J., Moir, C., Lesa, R., & Edmonds, L. (2023). Jaundice: Looking to the past to plan for the future. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 59(Suppl. 1), (pp. 72). doi: 10.1111/jpc.16356

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

Donkin, A., Lesa, R., & Seaton, P. (2022). Nurse perceptions of implementing stoke guidelines in an acute stroke unit. Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, 13(1), 32-38.

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