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Mrs Suzanne Tencer

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9780 7725, Email:, Campus: South West, Room: BU2.125
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7725
Campus: South West  
Room: BU2.125  


As a Senior Lecturer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sue is committed to providing an environment that nurtures and facilitates learning utilising a relational pedagogical approach to her teaching. This type of pedagogy enhances the development of critical thinking and problem solving qualities in students, especially those that are first in family at university and from low SES groups.


Sue is an experienced registered nurse with extensive clinical expertise in critical and acute care settings. She has been actively involved in nursing education at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1984, in both clinical and tertiary education facilities.

  • September 2010: current ECU SW Nursing Program - Senior Lecturer
  • September 2008 - 2010: ECU SW Nursing Program - Level B Lecturer
  • November 2007 - July 2016: ECU SW Nursing - Program Coordinator
  • September 2004 - 2007: ECU SW Nursing Program - Level A Lecturer
  • July 1997 - January 2004: ECU SW Nursing Program sessional lecturer and tutor

Professional Associations

  • Member of Australian Nursing and Midwifery Association
  • Australian College of Critical Care Nurses.

Awards and Recognition

University and National Teaching Awards:

  • VC Award for Programs that Enhance Learning 2010 (Team award / team leader)
  • VC Citation for Outstanding contribution to student learning 2008 (Individual award)
  • RPS Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award 2004
  • RPS Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award 2003
  • Recipient - ECU Scholarship for Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (2005).

Research Areas and Interests

  • Use of simulation in nursing education
  • Adult learning
  • Education of marginalised groups.

Research Grants

  • 2010: ECU Strategic Initiative Funding Grant to facilitate increased clinical placements and simulated learning - $75,000 over 3 years.
  • 2010: Health Workforce Australia Grant for Clinical educator to support increased clinical placement at St John of God Health Care Bunbury - $308,000 over three years.
  • 2010: Health Workforce Australia Grant for Extended Clinical Simulated Learning project - $75,000 over 3 years.
  • 2009: ECU Centre for Learning and Development Promoting Excellence Initiative Grant - $5000.

Conference presentations

  • 2010: Third research round table conference “Locally grown”: “When small is better: Exploiting the regional university campus advantage to improve student’s clinical practice”.  Oral presentation.  Centre for Sustainable Regional Futures ECU SW, Bunbury.
  • 2010: 7th Asian Pacific Nurses Convention, Singapore June 2010 “When small is better: Exploiting the regional university”.
  • 2009: TechNet November 2009 University of WA “When small is better: Exploiting the regional university”.
  • 2009: Edith Cowan University. ECULTURE – “Sustaining, Engaging and Surviving” Poster presentation “A pathway to clinical success: Theory to practice in the nursing context”.


  • Bachelor of Nursing, Edith Cowan University.
  • Master of Education, Edith Cowan University, 2008.
  • Graduate Certificate Tertiary Teaching, Edith Cowan University, 2006.
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