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Johanna Rhodes
Head of School of Nursing
Johanna Rhodes
#School of Nursing #Head of Faculty

Johanna heads the School of Nursing at SIT. She is a registered nurse, and completed her bachelor’s degree (nursing) at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (now ARA) and postgraduate qualifications in teaching and nursing at Otago University. She is currently a PhD candidate at Central Queensland University in Australia.

Johanna believes that embracing teaching pedagogies that reflect the ‘real world’ is critical to developing graduates who are equipped to provide evidence based, patient centred care in the intricate, fluctuating, and vulnerable space of healthcare. As such, she seeks opportunities to strengthen her management, leadership, research, and teaching skills.

Johanna’s current research interests include simulation, educators’ experiences and well-being, experiential learning. the use of board games in education, and Escape Rooms as a teaching method (classroom and on-line). She developed the ‘Pause, Consider, and Decide: Audience Led Simulation’ method, which offers an engaging simulation experience for larger cohorts of students.


2018: Certificate in Te Ara Māori, Southern Institute of Technology

2016: Certificate in Business Coaching, Southern Institute of Technology

2013: Master of Teaching, University of Otago

2012: PG Cert in Higher Education (Clinical Education), University of Otago

2010: Master of Health Science (Nursing), University of Otago

2010: Diploma of Teaching Tertiary, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

2008: Certificate in Adult Teaching, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology

2007: PG Cert in Health Sciences (Emergency Nursing), University of Otago

2003: PG Dip in Rehabilitation, University of Otago

2001: Registration as a Registered Nurse, Nursing Council of New Zealand.

2001: Bachelor of Nursing, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology


Head of School, Nursing.


New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Pre-Entry Applied Health Science.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Health and Wellness Careers.
New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing.
Bachelor of Nursing.
Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care.
Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care.


Invercargill Main Campus, C2-01

Professional Memberships/ Certifications/ Committees
  • Registered Nurse, Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  • New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO): 
  • Tapuhi Mana Whakatipu / Nursing Leadership Section, 
  • College of Emergency Nurses, and Nursing Research Section.
  • Te Ropu Kaiako Tapuhi/Nurse Educators in the Tertiary Sector (NETS): Executive committee.
  • South Island representative for Nurse Executives NZ (NENZ).
  • Member of Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
External Profiles

Central Queensland University (CQU): 
Twitter: @EngagingToLearn


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.2021.105023
  • Rhodes, J. (2020). Students’ perceptions of participating in educational escape rooms in undergraduate nursing education. KiaTiaki Nursing Research (11) 1. 33-40.
  • Rhodes, J., & McMillan, M.  (2019). Developing teamwork and collaboration by understanding different health professional roles. Proceedings of the 7th Sino- New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Model Programme Symposium, 62-68.
  • Rhodes, J., Reid-Searl, K., Baldwin, A., & Levett-Jones, T. (2021, November). Conditions and well-being for educators who assume simulated patient roles. Paper presented at the Nursing around the world ICN Congress. International Council of Nurses, [Virtual] Switzerland.
  • Rhodes, J., Winder, P., Strathearn, M., McMillan, M., Richter, K. K., & McLeod, M, (2016). Breaking down educational silos. Kia Tiaki Nursing New Zealand (22) 1. 14-15.
  • Winning presentation. Rhodes, J., Reid-Searl, K., Baldwin, A., & Levett-Jones, T. (2021, April). Healthcare educators assuming simulated patient roles in practice: A grounded theory study. Paper presented at the Virtual Health Workforce Academy Conference 2021. Central Queensland University, [Virtual] Brisbane, Australia.
  • Second place: Rhodes, J. (2021, October). Coexisting altruistically and egoistically: Educators assuming simulated patient roles. Presentation conducted at the SNMSS Research Symposium/School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Services (SNM&SS)/Central Queensland University., Virtual, Rockhampton, Australia.
  • Editor of Fundamentals of Nursing and Midwifery. A person-centred approach to care (4th ed.) (2022) with Dr Helen Hall and Dr Paul Glew. 
  • Member of the Te Pūkenga Nursing Unified Curriculum steering group.

Johanna appeared on 1 News (2020) regarding the use of mixed reality (HoloLens) as a teaching and learning modality in the School of Nursing. She was also invited to present at a research seminar at Victoria University, Australia (2021) regarding her research journey from Masters to PhD.

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