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Mary McMillan
Nurse Educator
Mary McMillan

Mary’s research interests include interprofessional education in health professional students, Mask-Ed™ (KRS Simulation), creative & experiential learning, mental health and wellness, and primary health and health promotion. Other areas of research are peer mentorship in nursing students, direction and delegation in undergraduate and graduate nursing, Communities of Practice, and “Students' experiences of decision-making” with University of Otago researchers. Mary has also worked on borderline personality disorder as part of her Master’s thesis, and has interests in bioethics, law, and information technology in nursing. Within the School of nursing, Mary supports the Peer Mentorship Programme, and is the Interprofessional Education Liaison for Clutha First/Balclutha IPE for SIT Nursing Students in conjunction with Otago University.


2015: National Diploma in Adult Education and Training (Level 6), Southern Institute of Technology. 

2011: Certificate of Proficiency in Advanced Physical Health 

Assessment (Post Grad) University of Otago. 

2009: Certificate of Proficiency in Pharmacology (Post Grad) 

Certificate of Proficiency in Theories and Models of Addiction (Post Grad), University of Otago. 

2005: Certificate of Proficiency in Advanced Mental Health Assessment (Post Grad), Victoria University of Wellington. 

2004: Master Arts (Nursing, Mental Health), Victoria University of Wellington. 

1998: Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Mental Health Nursing, Victoria University of Wellington. 

1988: Diploma of Nursing, Otago Polytechnic. 


Nurse Educator


Bachelor of Nursing 

Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care 

Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care

Professional Memberships/ Certifications/ Committees
  • Registered Nurse, Nursing Council of New Zealand 
  • Te Pūkenga Nursing Curriculum Working Party 2021 
  • Certificate in Tikanga Maori L3, Te Wananga o Aotearoa 
  • New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO): Member Mental Health Nurses Section; 2013-17 Mental Health Nurses Section Committee (Editor of Head2Head Magazine) 
Selected Research
  • McMillan, M., Rhodes, J., Winder, P., Strathearn, M., & Anakin, M. (2021). Comparing evaluation responses of an interprofessional education initiative with students in undergraduate nursing and medical programmes. Nurse Education Today, 105, 1-5. doi:10.1016/j.nedt.2021
  • Rhodes, J., & McMillan, M. (2020). An evaluation of a student-led mentorship programme in a New Zealand school of nursing. Southern Institute of Technology Journal of Applied Research (SITJAR).
  • McMillan, M. (2021). Enhancing patient and health professional student safety using role modelling of health professional educators during Interprofessional Education Days. Presentation at the Nordic Interprofessional Network, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (Virtual).
  • McMillan, M, & Rhodes, J. (2021) Student-Led Mentorship: A sense of belonging. Presented at the International Congress of Nursing (Virtual).
  • McMillan, M., & Rhodes, J. (2019). Developing teamwork and collaboration by understanding different health professional roles. In Proceedings of the 7th Sino-New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Model Programme Symposium, held 14-15 October 2019, Qingdao Technical College (pp. 62-67).
  • Chosen to present at the 7th Sino-New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Model Programme Symposium, Qingdao Technical College, China.
  • NZQA Capable Professional Development Recognition Portfolio Assessor. Otago Polytechnic.

South Alive Community Project, South City, Invercargill: taking nursing students into a high needs community to do health checks and education to the community. Link Educator for Mental Health clinical areas, acute and community: Invercargill and Otago Corrections Facility.

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