Ms Astrid Frotjold

RN, MNS BA MacquariePhD candidate
Lecturer

M02C - 88 Mallett Street - Building C
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9114 4024

Biographical details

Astrid Frotjold has been employed in the tertiary sector for many years and has a strong commitment to engaging students in their own learning through innovative and reflective processes. Her main areas of expertise are in acute medical-surgical nursing (endocrinology, gastroenterology and vascular surgery) and the integration of simulation into the nursing curriculum. Astrid has considerable experience using medium fidelity and high fidelity mannequins and her PhD topic is 'Undergraduate Nurses' Experiences of Learning using an Integrated Simulation Program'.

Astrid has presented at numerous conferences on topics such as experiential learning and simulation, integrating theoretical knowledge and clinical skills and embedding high fidelity simulators with AVS into nursing curricula. In 2006, she was a member of a team awarded the Carrick Award for Teaching Excellence. She also has strong clinical relationships with a number of Sydney teaching hospitals to ensure clinical currency and up-to-date knowledge of any practice changes and issues that may impact on clinical teaching and require further research.

Research interests

Areas of expertise

  • Acute Care
  • Medical and Surgical Nursing
  • Simulation in Nursing

Teaching and supervision

  • Acute Care Nursing
  • Complementary Therapy in Nursing
  • Wound Management
  • Nursing Simulation

Current projects

  • 2008–current Frotjold A (PhD in progress) Improving clinical competence in undergraduate nursing students using an integrated simulation model
  • 2008–current Frotjold A, Hardy J, Hillege S & Guinea S Enhancing nurses competence in the management of an acute event using a two SimMan configuration
  • 2008–current Frotjold A, Hardy J, Hillege S & Guinea S Embedding High Fidelity Simulators (SimMan®) with AVS into Nursing Curricula

Awards and honours

2006: The Carrick Award for Teaching Excellence. Title "For successfully assisting undergraduate students to identify as nurses through the development of the Virtual Health Environment"

2005: Finalist Atom Awards. Category Title: Best Instructional Training Resource. Production Title: Virtual Health Environment Core Skills Series IV Therapy

2004--2005: Awarded Teaching and Learning Enhancement Scheme (TALES) ($30,000). Submitted by Hardy J (Project Officer), Frotjold A, Drury P & Guy J (Project Team Members) for the School of Nursing (NSW) ACU National. Title of Proposed Initiative: "VHE (Virtual Health Environment) Network System - NSW School of Nursing". The external assesses of the award stated the following: "This is an innovative proposal that builds on positive outcomes of linked projects undertaken over the last two years. The project has been well thought through and has potential for wider application."

2003: Teaching Development Grant Hardy J (Project leader), Frotjold A, Drury P, Brown P & Unite O 'True to life' multimedia created clinical situations: promoting realism in the nursing undergraduate curriculum (stage 2)

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Gordon, C., Frotjold, A., Fethney, J., Green, J., Hardy, J., Maw, M., Buckley, T. (2013). The Effectiveness of Simulation-Based Blood Pressure Training in Preregistration Nursing Students. Simulation in Healthcare, 8(5), 335-340. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Frotjold, A., Gordon, C., Hardy, J., Maw, M., Green, J., Buckley, T. (2012). Preparedness of Pre-Registration Nursing Students for Blood Pressure Measurement During Clinical Practice Using Human Patient Simulators. Simhealth 2011, Sydney, Australia: Simulation Australia.

2013

  • Gordon, C., Frotjold, A., Fethney, J., Green, J., Hardy, J., Maw, M., Buckley, T. (2013). The Effectiveness of Simulation-Based Blood Pressure Training in Preregistration Nursing Students. Simulation in Healthcare, 8(5), 335-340. [More Information]

2012

  • Frotjold, A., Gordon, C., Hardy, J., Maw, M., Green, J., Buckley, T. (2012). Preparedness of Pre-Registration Nursing Students for Blood Pressure Measurement During Clinical Practice Using Human Patient Simulators. Simhealth 2011, Sydney, Australia: Simulation Australia.

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