Michelle Buchanan
GradCertTerAdEd, BNurs

Lecturer - Nursing Simulated Learning

About me

As a Murdoch University graduate, I am passionate about the student journey. My nursing experience includes emergency, surgical, renal and cardiology across government and non-government hospitals. I have recently become involved in the international nursing placement program and enjoy working alongside students within diverse cultural environments. I acknowledge the value of experiential learning and have pursued further education within this field obtaining a Graduate Certificate of Tertiary and Adult Education. Currently I am completing my Research Masters with a focus on the student experience in mental health.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe the outcome of learning is reflected in the transformation that occurs in students as they demonstrate skills and the ability to make connections between theory and practice; as they engage in creative problem solving and new ways of communicating with others. My philosophy of teaching can better be described as a philosophy of learning. In order to be an effective instructor, I must focus on student learning and adjust my teaching strategies in response to the pace and depth of student understanding. In order to continually improve my instruction and maintain a student learning focus, I approach teaching as a continuous cycle of evaluations and adjustments.

Teaching area

My teaching responsibilities have included:

2018 -  NUR232 Case Based Inquiry Acute Care Perspectives 1                       Associate Unit Coordinator

2018 -  NUR233 Case Based Inquiry Community Care Perspectives 1              Associate Unit Coordinator

2017, 2016 -  NUR122 Health Across the Lifespan II                                                 Tutor

2017 -  NUR239  Clinical simulation unit to prepare students for placement.           Facilitator/ Developer

2017 -  NUR249  Clinical simulation unit to prepare students for placement.           Facilitator/ Developer

2016 -  NUR363  Health Research and Evidence Based Nursing Care                        Tutor

2015 -  NUR257  Clinical Practice 3: Medical/Surgical/Mental Health/Primary            Facilitator

2015 -  NUR151/ NUR262  Clinical Placement unit: Aged care, Medical, surgical, mental health.                                                                                                          Clinical Nurse Facilitator


Current projects

  • Research Masters with Training – due for completion 2019

“Exploring the perceptions and experiences of nursing students attending their first mental health clinical placement”

  • Research Study – due for completion 2018

“An evaluation of vSim for Nursing: Medical- Surgical in an undergraduate nursing course”

  • Research Study – due for completion 2018

“Second year student nurses’ experience of novel clinical practice simulation teaching strategy”


Awards and grants


  • 2018 – Vice Chancellors Small Steps of Innovation Grant (Murdoch University Student-led Community Health Clinics) – $5000


  • 2017 - Outstanding Teaching in Nursing Award - NUR122 Health Across the Lifespan II    
  • 2014 – Australian Hesta Nursing Awards – Outstanding Graduate Nurse Top 5 National Finalist


Events and speaking engagements

Speaking Engagements

Andrus, P., Norton, C., Dugmore, H., Buchanan, M., & Harjai, P. (2017). Career Learning for Employability – Preparing student nurses for placement. 1st Murdoch Learning and Teaching Forum. Perth: Western Australia

Buchanan. M. (2018).  Keynote Address: Vsim for Nursing at Murdoch University,         A workshop for health simulation professionals. Laerdal Patient Care Learning Day, North Metro Tafe, Perth, Western Australia.


Professional and community service

2018 – ongoing: Executive committee member of the Western Australian Simulation Health Alliance

Murdoch University Committee Membership:

  • School of Health Professions Marketing Committee – Nursing Outreach Representative
  • School of Health Professions Safety Committee – Nursing Representative
  • School of Health Professions Discipline of Nursing Committee
  • School of Health Professions Academic Committee
2018 – Ongoing
Developer and coordinator of the Murdoch University Student-led Community Health Clinics. This is a student-led primary health care initiative that provides health prevention and promotion to the community. The objectives are:
  • Enable students to develop the confidence, competence and capability to assess, plan, implement and evaluate patient care in a community clinic setting;
  • Develop students’ abilities to apply the principles of patient centred care and the nurse –patient relationship using a primary health care model; and
  • Provide health education to promote optimal health.