Emeritus Professor John Hay AC
and Michelle Kelly
Michelle Kelly, UTS: Nursing, Midwifery and Health lecturer and Director of Simulation and Technologies has been awarded an Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ATLC) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Monday night’s ceremony, held at the Art Gallery of NSW, recognised Michelle for her sustained leadership and mentorship in the integration of health care simulation learning experiences to enhance practice readiness of nurses and midwives.
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise and reward the diverse contributions made to the quality of student learning at tertiary level. They are awarded to those who have made both a significant and sustained contribution to teaching and learning.
John Daly, Dean of UTS: Nursing, Midwifery and Health was thrilled with the citation: “This is very well earned and well deserved recognition of an outstanding academic who is passionate about the integration of health care simulation into the learning experiences of our students. Michelle provides excellent leadership in this very important area in UTS, and nationally. In addition her international profile for this work is also growing. I convey sincere and warm congratulations to her again!”
Michelle has lead the incorporation of simulation technologies into teaching and learning at UTS: Nursing, Midwifery and Health since 2006, after a series of visits to leading simulation facilities piqued her interest in the area.
The integration of new technologies into existing workplace structures can often be difficult, but the range of training options and processes put in place by Michelle has meant that simulation technology has been embraced by faculty. Based on experiences to date, immersive simulation technologies will now be used in each year of the newly revised Bachelor of Nursing curriculum and are highly valued by students and academics alike. Bachelor of Nursing student Kate Drury said “Using simulation in our classes is fantastic – it feels a lot like a real situation, but you have the opportunity to practice and make mistakes so that you’re confident out on clinical practice”.
The continued support of fellow academics and of simulation and lab technicians has also provided the opportunity for academics to be creative and innovative in their use of technology. This year, this resulted in four Midwifery academics being recognised at University level for their increasingly innovative use of simulation in the Bachelor of Midwifery program.
With UTS leading the way in integrating health care simulation into learning experiences, Michelle is excited at the prospect of furthering her work in this area: “It was an honour to receive this formal acknowledgement from the ALTC which highlights the great things that we as a Faculty are able to do with our wonderful facilities and equipment. The support by management to invest in the necessary resources makes the challenge of integrating simulation much easier. Rolling out planned simulation encounters across all years in the new BN will be our next challenge – but an exciting and innovative one. Several manuscripts highlighting our simulation activities and research are in the pipeline for publication and future research will extend beyond the pedagogical focus, linking into health services and practice".