Angela McKay

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Angela McKay

Academic Level B - Lecturer

Room J103 (Ground Level), J Block, Inveresk Campus

+61 3 6324 3487 (phone)

Ms McKay is a full time academic within the discipline of nursing.  She is responsible for the curriculum guidance development and coordination of a fully immersive, high fidelity, simulation based program within the Bachelor of Nursing. She is also the unit coordinator for the postgraduate offering in simulation based education and also provides supervision to honours students in the area of simulation based learning and teaching.

Career summary


  • BN (1st Class Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia, 2012, Pretending to be RNs: An exploration of student nurses identity formation in High Fidelity Simulation
  • Grad Dip, Perioperative Science, University of Adelaide, Australia, 2007


Ms McKay's previous roles include Principal Educator for the Simulated Learning Environments (SLE) Project in Tasmania, Clinical Nurse Educator, Operating Room within the DHHS, President of the Tasmanian Operating Room Nurses and representative of the Australian Council of Operating Room Nurses.

Research Themes

Ms McKay's research aligns with the university's research theme of Better Health. Her research interests include qualitative research in the area of human behaviour and cognition, and the study of human behaviour in a simulated clinical environment for the purpose of learning and teaching.


Professional practice

  • The University of Tasmania Alumni
  • The University of Adelaide Alumni
  • Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society

Administrative expertise

  • Unit Coordination, large student cohorts, multi campus delivery


High Fidelity Clinical Simulation, Health and Physical Assessment, Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Facilitation, Work Integrated Learning

Teaching expertise

  • Health Care Simulation
  • High Fidelity Immersive Simulation
  • Simulation Debrief
  • Scenario Design
  • Case study development

Teaching responsibility

Graduate Certificate in Flexible Learning and Simulation for Health Professionals H5H

Research Invitations

  • The impact of face to face and web based simulation on patient deterioration and safety. Chief investigators Professor Simon Cooper (Federation University) and Professor Leigh Kinsman (University of Tasmania). Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services

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    • Health Care Simulation
    • Clinical Facilitation
    • Simulation in undergraduate education
    • Clinical Reasoning in nursing


In the past Angela has collaborated with the University of Newcastle through an ALTC extension grant Titled: Examining the impact of simulated patients and information and communication technology on nursing students' clinical reasoning.

Current projects

Fields of Research

  • Nursing (111099)
  • Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy (130209)
  • Higher Education (130103)
  • Public Health and Health Services (111799)
  • Mobile Technologies (080502)

Research Objectives

  • Teaching and Instruction Technologies (930203)
  • Nursing (920210)
  • Learner and Learning Achievement (930101)
  • Health (929999)


Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2016Cooper SJ, Kinsman L, Chung C, Cant R, Boyle J, et al., 'The impact of web-based and face-to-face simulation on patient deterioration and patient safety: protocol for a multi-site multi-method design', BMC Health Services Research, 16, (1) Article 475. ISSN 1472-6963 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s12913-016-1683-0 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Kinsman L


2015Mather CA, McKay A, Allen P, 'Clinical supervisors' perspectives on delivering work integrated learning: A survey study', Nurse Education Today, 35, (4) pp. 625-631. ISSN 0260-6917 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.nedt.2014.12.021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Mather CA; Allen P


Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
2011Bauld MP, Zasadny MF, McKay AJ, Dalton L, 'Achieving successful integration in simulation based learning in an undergraduate nursing program', Teaching Matters 2011: Sharing Practice book of abstracts, 22nd & 23rd November 2011, Hobart, pp. 31. (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Bauld MP; Zasadny MF; Dalton L

2010Chong NS, McKay AJ, 'Simulation-based clinical education: 'Breaking down the barriers'', Leadership and practice development in health: Quality and safety through workplace learning Conference Proceedings, 18th -19th March, Hobart, pp. 74. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Chong NS

2010Chong NS, McKay AJ, Williams A, 'Simulation education: Taking it to the next level, insitu simulation', Leadership and practice development in health. Quality and safety through workplace learning conference handbook, 18-19 March 2010, Hobart, pp. 85. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Chong NS

2010Chong NS, McKay AJ, Williams GEJ, 'Workshop 10: Taking it to the Next Level: In Situ Simulation ', SimTecT 2010 Health, 30/8/2010-3/09/2010, Melbourne, pp. 55. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Chong NS; Williams GEJ

Other Public Output

(3 outputs)
2016Cooper S, Kinsman LD, Chung CE, Cant R, Boyle J, et al., 'The impact of face-to-face and web-based simulation on patient deterioration and patient safety', Victorian Government, Australia (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Kinsman LD; Chung CE; Cant R

2014Simpson H, Duers L, Rankin J, McFadyen J, Campbell SJ, et al., 'Health Benchmarking Project Final Report', University of Tasmania and University of the West of Scotland, pp. 1-45. (2014) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Campbell SJ; Stirling CM; Walsh K; Ford K; Geraghty DP; Williams AD; Eri RD; Robinson AL; Miller AB; Cross M; Sondermeyer J; Elmer SL; Cooper JF; Booth S

2013Mather CA, Smith SS, McKay AJ, 'Speedy talks on lifestyle studies', The Examiner, August 31, p. 26. (2013) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Mather CA

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



The impact of face-to-face and web-based simulation on patient deterioration and patient safety (2015 - 2016)$70,702
A cluster randomised trial comparing the impact of face-to-face to web-based simulation training on patient outcomes.
Department of Health and Human Services Victoria ($70,702)
Grant-Simulation Patient Safety Research Project
Administered By
Federation University Australia
Research Team
Cooper S; Kinsman LD; Nankervis K; Norman L; Rotter T; Cant R; Cash P; Kim JA; Chung C; McKay AJ; Connell C
2015 - 2016