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Dr Raewyn Lesa

Senior Lecturer
Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

PhD(Otago) MN GradCertTertT RN

Email raewyn.lesa@otago.ac.nz

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.

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Publications

Lesā, R. P., Daniel, B. K., & Harland, T. (2022). Student nurse experiences of learning from clinical practice and simulations in New Zealand: A descriptive qualitative study. Journal of Professional Nursing, 41, 58-64. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2022.04.009

Miles, A., Lesā, R., & Ritchie, L. (2021). Nurses' experiences of providing care in an environment with decentralised nursing stations. Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, 12(1), 25-31. doi: 10.3316/informit.232105255399715

Moir, C., Lesa, R., & Ritchie, L. (2021). A unique disaster response in aged residential dementia care: Can the experience inform future care models? Journal of Clinical Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15862

Lesā, R., Daniel, B., & Harland, T. (2021). Learning with simulation: The experience of nursing students. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 56, 57-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2021.02.009

Lesā, R. (2020). Reflection: "Oh not again!" In M. Anakin & Q. Liu (Eds.), Proceedings of the Otago Medical School Health Professions Education Research Group Symposium [Online]. (pp. 8). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago Medical School, Dunedin Campus, University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/10591

Lesā, R. P., Daniel, B. K., & Harland, T. (2022). Student nurse experiences of learning from clinical practice and simulations in New Zealand: A descriptive qualitative study. Journal of Professional Nursing, 41, 58-64. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2022.04.009

Journal - Research Article

Lesā, R., Daniel, B., & Harland, T. (2021). Learning with simulation: The experience of nursing students. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 56, 57-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2021.02.009

Journal - Research Article

Miles, A., Lesā, R., & Ritchie, L. (2021). Nurses' experiences of providing care in an environment with decentralised nursing stations. Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, 12(1), 25-31. doi: 10.3316/informit.232105255399715

Journal - Research Article

Moir, C., Lesa, R., & Ritchie, L. (2021). A unique disaster response in aged residential dementia care: Can the experience inform future care models? Journal of Clinical Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15862

Journal - Research Article

Ditzel, L. M., Hogarth, K., & Lesa, R. (2017). Immersive learning in nursing education: Results of a study. Journal of Nursing Education & Practice, 7(5), 120-130. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v7n5p120

Journal - Research Article

Lesa, R., & Daniel, B. (2016). Simulations in undergraduate nursing programmes in New Zealand: Current status and next steps. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 2(4), 118. doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2016-000108

Journal - Research Article

Lesa, R. (2019). Personal experience of using a case study for a doctorate. Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, 10(1), 68-70. [Protocol/Methodology].

Journal - Research Other

Lesā, R. (2020). Reflection: "Oh not again!" In M. Anakin & Q. Liu (Eds.), Proceedings of the Otago Medical School Health Professions Education Research Group Symposium [Online]. (pp. 8). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago Medical School, Dunedin Campus, University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/10591

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Lesa, R., & Daniel, B. (2017). Simulations and clinical: 'Like chalk and cheese'. Proceedings of the University of Otago Student Research Symposium: Te Wānaka Rakahau: Ākoka. (pp. 50-51). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/graduate-research/scholarships/otago643219.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Lesa, R., Daniel, B., & Harland, T. (2015). Clinical simulations: Students experiences of developing clinical judgment skills. BMJ Simulation & Technology Enhanced Learning, 1(Suppl. 2), (pp. A22-A23). doi: 10.1136/bmjstel-2015-000075.55

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ditzel, L., & Lesa, R. (2014). Immersive learning in nurse education. Proceedings of the Ako Aotearoa Southern Hub Projects in Progress Colloquium II. (pp. 7). Wellington, New Zealand: Ako Aotearoa. Retrieved from https://akoaotearoa.ac.nz

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Ditzel, L., & Lesa, R. (2015, November). Caring for a manikin: How real can it be? Poster session presented at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference (ANEC): Co-creating the Future, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Lesa, R. (2019, November). The case of the 'frozen' student. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference (ANEC), Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Lesa, R. (2019, October). Preceptorship and further nursing education. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Society of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery 72nd Annual General & Scientific Meeting (ORL19): Choosing Wisely, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Ditzel, L., Lesa, R., & Hogarth, K. (2015, November). Teaching using an immersive 'hand-on' learning approach. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference (ANEC): Co-creating the Future, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Lesa, R., Daniel, B., & Harland, T. (2015, November). Clinical simulations in New Zealand undergraduate nursing programmes: Opportunities and challenges. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference (ANEC): Co-creating the Future, Auckland, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Ditzel, L., Hogarth, K., & Lesa, R. (2015). Evaluating the effectiveness of immersive learning in nurse education: Go over it, see it, get it!. Wellington, New Zealand: Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence. 42p.

Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Lesa, R. (2019). The contribution of simulation in the development of clinical judgement: Students' perspectives (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/9348

Awarded Doctoral Degree

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