Cover image for lecture: Why Great Nurse Educators Matter

Lecture Overview

Whether you are thinking of moving into an educator role, are new to this space, or have been in nursing education longer than some of your staff have been alive, this introductory session will look at the current climate, challenges, and opportunities that exist for Great Nurse Educators.


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Michelle Girdler

Michelle is currently the nursing director for practice development in the Central Adelaide Local Health Network, SA. She has been in clinical education and practice development since 2005. Prior to this, her roles included nurse unit manager emergency, after hours nurse manager, and clinical nurse. She has a background in emergency nursing, cardiology, and orthopaedics. Michelle has completed a Master of Nursing and has teaching qualifications and a clinical teaching graduate diploma. Michelle has presented at national and international conferences, has published academic papers, and has both practical and clinical skill sets. Michelle is the current national president of the Australian Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS) and a standing member of the Coalition of National Nursing & Midwifery Organisations Council (CoNNMO). One of Michelle’s many areas of interest is focused on facilitating growth and development of nurses of all levels, to achieve safe care environments that promote person-centred care.




8 Total Rating(s)

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Maria Jennifer Trahair
31 May 2018


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Carolyn Tranter
06 May 2018

As this was an extract from a 2 day conference it didn't really provide any true insights or tips for the role of an educator.

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Carolyn Tranter
06 May 2018

As this was an extract from an actual seminar, it didn't really do justice to the topic.

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Hellene Heron
01 Apr 2018

Interesting to find out how to gain the information via round table and other methods and to use this to better understand what needs to have education directed at

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Michele Selby
24 Mar 2018

Good insight into what makes an effective nurse educator.

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kerri Morgan
21 Mar 2018

Michelle was experienced and engaging and highlighted some good points, would be good to hear more of what she has to say .

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C.Moore Hardy
07 Feb 2018

Educator, was excellent. She had a fantastic delivery ability, ensuring those in the class setting were 'awake', by her use of humour and sense of allegiance with her peers. Her succinct blackboard notes, were point form perfection and after the video I felt inspired. She made me laugh, interact and understand exactly what she was discussing & trying to teach, in a simple format.

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C.Moore Hardy
06 Feb 2018

Excellent information & delivery. Enjoyed Michelle's sense of humour & honesty.

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Renu Renu
05 Feb 2018

This session was so enthusiastic and interesting.It helps me to be a great nurse educator.

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Leone McGregor
29 Jan 2018

Could be better facilitated