Associate Professor Leeanne Heaton

Associate Professor Leeanne Heaton

Deputy Dean,
Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery

Associate Professor of Nursing,
School of Nursing and Midwifery


Leeanne is currently Deputy Dean in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.  She has had a number of roles in academia over the last decade following on from experience working in the clinical environment as a paramedic, nurse, midwife and flight nurse. Leeanne has working knowledge and understanding about using simulation as a pedagogy in nursing education and has completed her PhD on this topic: Sim-MAPP: A framework for simulation design in pre-registration nursing curricula. 

Leeanne has extensive experience in professional accreditation regularly reviewing nursing programs as an assessor and having been a member of the ANMAC Registered Nurse Accreditation Committee.  Leeanne has been a non-executive director on a regional Hospital and Health Service Board where she served on both the quality and safety, and audit and risk committees.

Leeanne is co-author of collaborative and published work using simulation to support patient safety for students in healthcare and has presented aspects of this and her own research at national and international conferences.  She has authored several chapters in Australian nursing textbooks about rural, regional and remote health, legal aspects of healthcare and simulation in nursing education.

In addition to her PhD, Leeanne holds a Bachelor of Nursing (UOW), Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) (CSU) and Master of Science (Midwifery)(UOW).

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Heaton.


  • PhD University of the Sunshine Coast
  • BN University of Wollongong

Professional Memberships

  • International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INASCL) (2019)
  • Australian College of Nursing (2003)


  • Curriculum Design
  • Curriculum Development
  • Curriculum renewal and transformation
  • Digital Health
  • Health Policy
  • Leadership and Management
  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Patient Reported Outcomes
  • Simulation in Heathcare
  • patient safety and quality

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery


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Chapters in Books

  • Heaton, L., Reid-Searl, K. and Cole, R. (2020), 'Simulation in nursing education', Routledge International Handbook of Nurse Education, Routledge 9780815358862.

Journal Articles

  • Rojo, J., Ramjan, L., George, A., Hunt, L., Heaton, L., Kaur, A. and Salamonson, Y. (2023), 'Applying Mezirow's transformative learning theory into nursing and health professional education programs : a scoping review', Teaching and Learning in Nursing, vol 18, no 1 , pp 63 - 71.
  • Taylor, C., Heaton, L., Parrish, T. and Salamonson, Y. (2023), 'Utility of online interactive case studies in preparation for the first clinical placement among nursing students : a cross-sectional study', Teaching and Learning in Nursing, vol 18, no 3 , pp 30 - 35.
  • Geia, L., Baird, K., Bail, K., Barclay, L., Bennett, J., Best, O., Birks, M., Blackley, L., Blackman, R., Bonner, A., Bryant, R., Buzzacott, C., Campbell, S., Catling, C., Chamberlain, C., Cox, L., Cross, W., Cruickshank, M., Cummins, A., Dahlen, H., Daly, J., Darbyshire, P., Davidson, P., Denny-Wilson, E., De Souza, R., Doyle, K., Drummond, A., Duff, J., Duffield, C., Dunning, T., East, L., Elliott, D., Elmir, R., Fergie, D., Ferguson, C., Fernandez, R., Flower, D., Foureur, M., Fowler, C., Fry, M., Gorman, E., Grant, J., Gray, J., Halcomb, E., Hart, B., Hartz, D., Hazelton, M., Heaton, L., Hickman, L., Homer, C., Hungerford, C., Hutton, A., Jackson, D., Johnson, A., Kelly, M., Kitson, A., Knight, S., Levett-Jones, T., Lindsay, D., Lovett, R., Luck, L., Malloy, L., Manias, E., Mannix, J., Marriott, R., Martin, M., Massey, D., McCloughen, A., McGough, S., McGrath, L., Mills, J., Mitchell, B., Mohamed, J., Montayre, J., Moroney, T., Moyle, W., Moxham, L., Northam, H., Nowlan, S., O'Brien, T., Ogunsiji, O., Patterson, C., Pennington, K., Peters, K., Phillips, J., Power, T., Procter, N., Ramjan, L., Ramsay, N., Rasmussen, B., Rihari-Thomas, J., Rind, B., Robinson, M., Roche, M., Sainsbury, K., Salamonson, Y., Sherwood, J., Shields, L., Sim, J., Skinner, I., Smallwood, G., Smallwood, R., Stewart, L., Taylor, S., Usher, K., Virdun, C., Wannell, J., Ward, R., West, C., West, R., Wilkes, L., Williams, R., Wilson, R., Wynaden, D. and Wynne, R. (2020), 'A unified call to action from Australian nursing and midwifery leaders : ensuring that Black Lives Matter', Contemporary Nurse, vol 56, no 4 , pp 297 - 308.
  • Dwyer, T., Levett-Jones, T., Flenady, T., Reid-Searl, K., Andersen, P., Guinea, S., Heaton, L., Applegarth, J. and Goodwin, B. (2019), 'Responding to the unexpected : Tag Team Patient Safety Simulation', Clinical Simulation in Nursing, vol 36 , pp 8 - 17.
  • Guinea, S., Andersen, P., Reid-Searl, K., Levett-Jones, T., Dwyer, T., Heaton, L., Flenady, T., Applegarth, J. and Bickell, P. (2019), 'Simulation-based learning for patient safety : the development of the Tag Team Patient Safety Simulation methodology for nursing education', Collegian, vol 26, no 3 , pp 392 - 398.
  • Ryan, C., Ellem, P., Heaton, L., Mulvogue, J., Cousins, M. and De George-Walker, L. (2018), 'Australian final year nursing students' and registered nurse supervisors' perceptions of a gerontology clinical learning experience : a preliminary appraisal', Nurse Education in Practice, vol 31 , pp 182 - 187.
  • Mackay, M., Joyce-McCoach, J., Stephens, M., Cutler, N., Brown, R., Fernandez, R., Froggatt, T., Heaton, L., Moxham, L., Sim, J., Traynor, V. and Bourgeois, S. (2016), 'Review of transnational nursing education programme curricula : process, findings, and recommendations', Nurse Education Today, vol 42 , pp 73 - 77.


Heaton, L. (2019) ‘Sim-MAPP: A framework to inform simulation design in pre-registration nursing curricula.’ USC Research Bank:


(2016-2018) $300000 Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Grant led by Professor Kerry Reid-Searl at CQUniversity and in partnership with University of the Sunshine Coast, University of Technology and Australian Catholic University: Preparing undergraduates for the workforce in the context of patient safety through innovative simulation-TAG Team Patient Safety Simulation (TTPSS). (ID15-4983).


Levett-Jones, T. Dwyer, T., Reid-Searl, K., Heaton, L., Flenady, T., Applegarth, J., Guinea, S., Andersen, P. (2017). Patient Safety Competency Framework (PSCF) for Nursing Students Sydney, NSW.


Levett-Jones, T. Dwyer, T., Reid-Searl, K., Heaton, L., Flenady, T., Applegarth, J., Guinea, S., Andersen, P. (2017). Preparing undergraduate students for the workforce in the context of patient safety through innovative simulation – Facilitator Guide. Rockhampton, CQUniversity


Andersen, P., Guinea, S., & Heaton, L. (2017). Acute deterioration in cognition. Rockhampton, CQUniversity

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Heaton.

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