Mrs Pauletta Irwin


School of Nursing and Midwifery

Career Summary


Pauletta Irwin is a Nursing Lecturer and Simulated Learning Environment Coordinator at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle. She focusses on the learning experiences of the student to improve learning outcomes and ultimately translating this to improvements in healthcare practice outcomes. Pauletta has a strong history in various simulation platforms in her years of employment in the tertiary sector. Pauletta’s doctoral research considers the nature of learning in a virtual world for undergraduate nursing students. She has led several innovative projects where virtual simulation has been piloted to teach nursing students skills such as holistic assessments, post graduate mental health students home environment assessments, and an international study examining a shared learning space with international students. Leadership on these projects has led to sustained partnerships with tertiary (national and international) and healthcare sectors. A committee member of the Faculty of Health and Medicine’s Centre of Excellence in Simulation, Pauletta is developing several interdisciplinary simulations that seek to improve student learning and capacity in the workforce. Throughout her academic career Pauletta has maintained collaborative relationships with health industry partners also in various positions that have supported the goal of improved student learning. Pauletta still practices clinically and has had a diverse clinical career and acknowledges this as being invaluable in the classroom setting where she can share her experiences to assist in student learning.


  • Master of Professional Education &Training Systems, Deakin University
  • Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing, NSW College of Nursing


  • Adult education
  • Nursing
  • Qualitative research
  • Reflection
  • Simulation

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
30/06/2016 -  Simulation learning environment coordinator School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
School of Nursing and Midwifery



Year Award
2017 World Teacher's Day Award
Australian College of Educators


Code Course Role Duration
NURS2202 Clinical Practice 2B
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle
Course Coordinator 5/06/2017 - 31/12/2017


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Irwin P, Coutts R, 'A Systematic Review of the Experience of Using Second Life in the Education of Undergraduate Nurses', Journal of Nursing Education, 54 572-577 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.3928/01484834-20150916-05
2014 van de Mortel TF, Whitehair LP, Irwin PM, 'A whole-of-curriculum approach to improving nursing students' applied numeracy skills', Nurse Education Today, 34 462-467 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2013.04.024
2014 Usher K, Woods C, Casella E, Glass N, Wilson R, Mayner L, et al., 'Australian health professions student use of social media', Collegian, 21 95-101 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2014.02.004
2011 Irwin P, Warelow P, Wells S, 'Flexible delivery: On-line versus bottom-line', Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 29 55-62 (2011) [C1]
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Irwin P, Ellis A, Graham I, 'Virtual WIL: A Collaborative approach to Work Integrated Learning using a virtual world', Australian Collaborative Education Network National Conference (2012) [E1]

Research Projects

Me, Us and IT: Insiders views of the complex technical, organisational and personal elements in using virtual worlds in education 2017

Using VR environmental simulation and case based learning to develop post graduate mental health nursing mental status assessment 2017

This project aims to evaluate the use of virtual simulation technology delivered as part of course work within the post graduate offering of Therapeutic Engagement and Psychosocial Interventions (NURS6035). A mixed methods approach will be employed where student participants will be invited to complete a short questionnaire and provide written responses to open ended questions about their satisfaction and self-confidence in learning and participating in the simulation activity. Additional data collected from the device software will provide an overall view of decisions participants’ made during the simulation. Invited participants will be post graduate students enrolled in NURS6035 who are in attendance at the on campus workshop.

An exploration of undergraduate nursing and midwifery student's attitudes and views towards domestic violence. Stage 2 2017

It is a National low-risk survey study of pre-registration nursing and midwifery students’ self-reported attitudes and views towards domestic violence.   This study follows from an earlier study conducted with nursing students from Southern Cross University that validated a measurement instrument that will be employed in the study.  

Telehealth education for undergraduate and post graduate health students: exploring the role of simulation 2017

Learning through reflection. SPROUT: An innovative schema to teach reflective practice 2016 - 2018

Undergraduate nursing students' use of virtual simulation to develop decision making and prioritisation skills: a pilot 2017 - 2018

Developing empathy: undergraduate nursing students use of ALEX 2017 - 2018


Mrs Pauletta Irwin


School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Phone (02) 65816358