Dr Gwen Erlam

Dr Gwen Erlam

Senior lecturer, chair of simulation committee

Phone: +64 9 9219999 ext. 7656

Email: gerlam@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
Room AA243
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote 0627
North Shore City

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Research Gate:



  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (1981)
  • Master of Arts in Education (1986)
  • Master of Education (Distance and Online Education) (2008)
  • Doctorate in Health Science (2015)

Memberships and Affiliations:

Teaching Areas:

  • Human anatomy and Physiology
  • Advanced assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Simulation design and facilitation

Research Areas:

  • Simulation in healthcare settings
  • Distance and online educational platforms
  • Nursing education (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Flipped classrooms in tertiary education
  • Millennial (born 1980-2000) preferred classrooms in tertiary education

Research Summary:

Gwen has completed her doctorate using an action research methodology to improve pedagogical practices with undergraduate nursing students in simulation.


Of particular interest are the preferences of millennial students in the area of simulation, and simulation’s ability to entice this age group due to its immersive and technological qualities.  Millennials as a generational cohort have distinguishing characteristics and preferences which make simulation a comfortable fit for this generation.


Simulation as a teaching/learning platform has the ability to improve content knowledge, skill acquisition, and communication amongst individuals and teams.  However, simulation design must be informed by appropriate pedagogical underpinnings in order to maximise this learning environment.


Current Research Projects:

  1. Simulation and use of ISBAR reporting and digital electronic vitals (e-vitals) with registered nurses at Waitemata District Health Board.
  2. Flipped classrooms and the use of Camtasia™ screencasts to prepare nurses for simulated scenarios.
  3. Pedagogical approaches which can improve simulation as a teaching/learning environment.


Sim Health 2016
INACSL (International Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning) 2014, 2015


  • Erlam, G. (2014). Simulation and Millennials -- a great fit! Kai Tiaki : Nursing New Zealand, 20(1), 13.
  • Erlam, G. D. (2015). Simulation:  Coaching Oscar performances from Millennial nursing students [Practice, people, and policy]. Nursing Review, 31.
  • Erlam, G., Smythe, E., & Wright - St Clair, V. (2015). Improving pedagogical practices with undergraduate nursing students in high-fidelity simulation: A thesis submitted to Auckland University of Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Health Science, 2015. Auckland University of Technology, Auckland.
  • Erlam, G., Smythe, L., & Wright, V. (2016). Simulation and millennials—the perfect storm. Open Journal of Nursing, 6(9), 688-698. doi:10.4236/ojn.2016.69071

Last updated: 30-Oct-2017 5.45pm

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