Dr Andrea Donaldson

Andrea Donaldson

Senior Academic Staff Member

Contact info

+64 7 834 8800 extension 3795


  • Certificate in Tertiary Education, Wintec, 2018
  • Certificate in Adult Teaching, Wintec, 2015
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry and Forensic Science, University of Otago, 2013
  • Master of Science (with Credit) in Biochemistry and Forensic Science, University of Otago, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Otago, 2007
  • Certificate in Chemistry and Physics, University of Waikato, 2003
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, with specific education in Anatomy, Medications and Advanced Emergency Management, Waikato Hospital, 2002
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing Practice, Auckland University of Technology, 2001
  • Bachelor of Nursing, Waikato Polytechnic, 1999

Industry experience, affiliations and achievements

  • Academic staff member Wintec  June 2015 - current 
  • Registered Nurse in Adult Mental Health Ward 35, Waikato Hospital, Dec  2014 – May 2015
  • Registered Nurse in Forensic Mental Health, Waikato Hospital, Jan 2014 – Dec 2014 
  • Tutor / Lecturer, University of Otago, 2008 – 2013 
  • Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department, Dunedin Hospital, 2007-2009 
  • Registered Nurse in the Resource Unit, Dunedin Hospital, 2005-2007  
  • Registered Nurse and Supervisor in Ward 14, Waikato Hospital 2001-2004 
  • Intern Registered nurse, Waikato Hospital, 2000-2001 

  • Takarangi Competancy  Framework Portfoilo at Wintec 2018 
  • Te Tauihu course at Wintec 2016 
  • Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI) Te Tipu PÅ«taiao Scholarship recipient for PhD research 2010  
  • Death investigation workshop at ANZFSS in Hobart 2012 
  • Presented Masters thesis at the COMBIO 2009 Conference in Christchurch NZ and at the Australian New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) conference in Sydney, Australia 2010. 
  • ESR Scholarship recipient for Master of Science research 2009 
  • Blood-pattern analysis training course at ESR 2009 


  • Member of the New Zealand Forensic Science Society and International Forensic Nurses Association.

Areas of expertise and research

Acute and Mental health nursing, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Forensic science are my areas of expertise.  

Research activity

I am currently undertaking research around the role of a clinical forensic nurse in emergency departments and developing the first forensic science nursing postgraduate certificate Curriculum in New Zealand. In the process of completing publications.

Select publications

  • Donaldson, A. (2020) New Zealand Emergency nurses knowledge about forensic science and its application to practice. International Emergency Nursing. In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2020.100854.
  • Donaldson, A. (2019) Forensic Clinical nurses in Emergency departments: An emerging need for New Zealand. Kai tiaki Research. 10(1): 54-58.
  • Donaldson, A. E., & Lamont, I. L. (2014). Metabolomics of post-mortem blood: Identifying potential markers of post-mortem interval. Metabolomics, 11(1) 237-245.
  • Donaldson, A. E., & Lamont, I. L. (2013). Biochemistry changes that occur after death: Potential markers for determining post-mortem interval. PLOS ONE, 8(11), 1-10.
  • Donaldson, A. E., & Lamont, I. L. (2013). Estimation of post-mortem interval using biochemical markers. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1-19.
  • Donaldson, A., Walker, N., Lamont, I., Cordiner, S., & Taylor, M. (2011). Characterising the dynamics of expirated bloodstain pattern formation using high-speed digital video imaging. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 125(6), 757-762.
  • Donaldson, A., Taylor, M., Cordiner, S and Lamont, I (2010). Using oral microbial DNA analysis to identify expirated bloodspatter. International Journal of Legal Medicine. 124 (6) 569-576.




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