Prue Andrus
RN, Dip App Sc, BSc, Grad Cert Clinical Simulation, MHMQL

Lecturer, Academic Lead for Simulation

About me

I graduated from the Western Australian Institute of Technology as a Registered Nurse in 1982. Since that time I have extensive experience in many facets of nursing. I have worked as a Registered Nurse both in the clinical, education and management fields.

I began teaching at Murdoch University in 2006, since then I have coordinated undergraduate and post graduate nursing units, coordinated the clinical placement program and been the academic chair of the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program. I am currently the academic lead for simulation throughout the BN.

Throughout my experiences as a clinical and academic nurse I feel that I have been refining my personal and professional skills in order to provide a quality experience for the care of others.  I consider it a huge opportunity in my current role at Murdoch University to be able to make an impact on creating a workforce capable of impacting the health outcomes of individuals, families and communities.  My work in simulated learning environments (SLE) is the culmination of many years of experience, study and privilege.

Teaching area

People are naturally inquisitive and the gift of a teacher to ignite and support the learner with their inquiry.  My aim is to create a supportive learning environment that is enjoyable for my students, and for me as their teacher. I apply my experience of current practice to create innovative teaching and learning opportunities grounded in evidenced based practice. 

My teaching responsibilities have included;

2014-2017 Academic Lead for Simulation

2017 NUR 305 Complex Care Tutor

2016 SHP 511 Strategic Leadership Unit Coordinator (relief)

2016 NUR 114 Professional Nursing Issues Tutor

2014-2015 SHP 541 Health Policy Unit Coordinator

2013 NUR 363 Health Research and Evidence Based Nursing Care Unit Coordinator

2012 NUR 105 Nursing Health assessment and Physical Examination Unit Coordinator

2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 Clinical Practice Coordinator (acting)

2010-2011 NUR 611 Strategic Leadership in Healthcare Unit coordinator

2009-2012 Teaching into undergraduate units across the Bachelor of Nursing (NUR 304 Indigenous Health, NUR 366 Transitions to Nursing Practice).

2007 NUR 203 Medical Surgical Nursing and NUR 223 Medical Surgical Nursing- Clinical Practice Unit coordinator

2006-2010 NUR 398 Professional Nursing Issues Clinical Option-Clinical Practice Unit coordinator

2006-2010 NUR 305 General Nursing Specialties and NUR 335 General Nursing Specialties- Clinical Practice Unit coordinator

2006- 2009 NUR100 Introduction to Nursing Practice, and NUR 110 Introduction to Nursing Practice- Clinical Practice Unit coordinator

Research areas

The focus of my research is currently around the use of simulated learning environments (SLE) to enhance the confidence and competence of undergraduate nurses.

I am currently collaborating with colleagues at Murdoch University to develop, implement and evaluate the use of simulation to engage students throughout the BN. The key areas include: professional nursing behaviors, the use of virtual simulations, development of a community of patients specific to curriculum needs, integrated pre placement simulations and the evaluation of programs of simulation.

Other areas of interest includes the outcomes of international student nurse placements.

Current projects

Presently I develop, teach and lead the simulation program in the BN. As the academic lead for simulation it is my responsibility to coordinate, develop, embed and evaluate the use of simulation within the BN curricula. Simulation, within the context of nursing education, is creating a realistic healthcare environment for students to apply their skills, knowledge and attitudes, in order to prepare them for clinical practice. The advantages of SLE include; promoting patient safety, being able to create an environment where the variables are controlled in order to repeat situations for learners to gain confidence and skills and the reduction of clinical hours in workplace clinical practicums.

Across each of the six semesters of study in the BN, students come to the clinical simulation suites to learn and practice nursing skills. I work with unit coordinators and the simulation lecturers to enhance the weekly clinical laboratory sessions through SLE. Therefore my role is one of formative teaching to my peers. My knowledge of the curricula, my previous experience as a unit coordinator and Academic Chair, my post graduate studies (post graduate certificate of clinical simulation) and my clinical nursing experiences assist me to lead the use of simulation methodologies within the school.

Awards and grants

2017: Western Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards: Awarded Outstanding nurse of the year in the category of education.

2016: Australian Awards for University Teaching. 2016 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. $10 000. “For the development and implementation of an immersive scenario based simulation program into an undergraduate nursing curriculum to prepare student for real clinical environments.” 

2015: Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching and Excellence in the category of team teaching. $5 000. “The integration of simulation into a unit of complex care”

2015: WA Clinical Supervision Awards. Finalist for the category: Innovation in Clinical Supervision.

2012: Shared in a successful application for a Health Workforce Australia simulation funding $121,000.

2012: Shared in a successful application for a Higher Education Participation and Partnership (HEPP) Grant, $121,800.

2011: Palliative Care Curriculum for Undergraduates Curriculum Innovation Grant $4970.

2010: Murdoch University Vice Chancellor’s Citations for Excellence in Enhancing Learning $1 000.“For engaging and preparing third year nursing students to care for a critically ill patient through emergency resuscitation simulation exercises”.

2010: Australian Learning and Teaching Council.  Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. $10 000 “For engaging and preparing third year nursing students to care for a critically ill patient through emergency resuscitation simulation exercises”.

Events and speaking engagements

2017 Student preparation for clinical placement. Learning and Teaching forum: Career Learning for Employability. Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. 22 June

2017 Simulation to prepare student nurses for clinical practice – An Australian perspective. INTED 2017 11th International Technology, Education and Development. Valencia, Spain. 6-8 March.

2015 Enhancing existing nursing curriculum with simulation based learning: Students experiences. SimHealth-Annual Conference for the Australian Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Adelaide , South Australia 17-21 August.

2012 Using the 4MAT Model to promote teaching and learning in the cross cultural classroom. Health Professionals Teaching and Learning Conference. Northern Territory General Practice Education. Alice Springs 30-31 March.

2012 Using the 4MAT model to engage nursing students in the classroom. Teaching and Learning Forum: Creating an inclusive learning environment – Engagement, equity, and retention. Murdoch University, W.A.  2-3 February.

2012 Utilizing scenarios to reinforce clinical skills in second year undergraduate nursing students. Teaching and Learning Forum: Creating an inclusive learning environment – Engagement, equity, and retention. Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia.  2-3 February.

Professional and community service

I consider collaborating with my profession and the community an exciting opportunity. As a school we do not stand alone, but our school interacts with our university and the wider community. Our students complete placements all over the state and it is a great privilege to go out to healthcare facilities and engage with the staff in order to ask for feedback on our students and to identify areas that we can develop students to meet the future demands of the healthcare industry. 

I am a member of several committees both within the university and the community including;

2017- ongoing Executive committee member of the Western Australian Simulation Healthcare  Alliance (external committee: Treasurer)

2014-2016 Member of the Immersive Simulation Learning committee (external committee: Department of Health)

2014- 2015 Member of the HWA Simulation Coordinators Committee Murdoch University and St John of God Murdoch Hospital 

2012 Member of the  Murdoch University Teaching and Excellence Committee

2011-2012 Member of the Faculty of Health Science Teaching and Learning committee

2012 Member of the Marion Centre stakeholder committee and working party (external committee) to develop a mental health resource for health professions 

2009-2011 Challenger TAFE, Consumer’s Advisory Committee

2007-2012 Murdoch School of Nursing and Midwifery School Board

2007-2012 Murdoch School of Nursing and Midwifery Teaching and Learning Committee

2007-2011 Member of the Rockingham General Hospital Consumer Advisory Council

2007-2011 School of Nursing and Midwifery Marketing Committee

2006- 0ngoing School of Health Professions Discipline of Nursing Committee.



Doctoral and masters supervisions

You should list the students you are supervising or have supervised and the topic areas covered here.

I am not supervising any post graduate students



  • Stomski, N., Gluyas, H., Andrus, P., Williams, A., Hopkins, M., Walters, J., Sandy, M., Morrison, P., (2018), The influence of situation awareness training on nurses' confidence about patient safety skills: A prospective cohort study, Nurse Education Today, 63, , pages 24 - 28.
  • Fetherston, C., Browne, C., Andrus, P., Batt, S., (2017), Renewal of an entry to practice baccalaureate nursing curriculum: Adapting to complexity, Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 8, 2, pages 104 - 115.
  • Wall, P., Andrus, P., Morrison, P., (2014), Bridging the theory practice gap through clinical simulations in a nursing under-graduate degree program in Australia, International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, 8, 1, pages 127 - 135.
  • Andrus, P., Morrison, P., Biggins, A., (2013), Academia and hospital perspectives on collaborative research approaches to achieving quality in Practice, Working Papers in the Health Sciences, 1, 2, pages 1 - 5.
  • Andrus, P., (2011), Making wound care real, Australian Nursing Journal, 19, 2, pages 35 -.