Glennis Birks


Team Manager, Kiribati project

Contact info

+64 7 834 8800 extension 8751


  • Master of Philosophy in Nursing (Distinction), Massey University, 1995.
  • Bachelor of Social Science in Nursing and Education, University of Waikato, 1991.
  • Certificate of Tertiary Teaching, Auckland Institute of Technology, 1990.
  • Advanced Diploma in Nursing, Wintec, 1986.
  • Registered Nurse.

Industry experience, affiliations and achievements

  • 17 years of experience in critical care nursing.
  • 15 years of experience in nursing education, including:
    • Research methods
    • Philosophy
    • Law and bioethics
    • Policy
    • Medical-surgical nursing
  • 15 years in nursing management and leadership.
  • Northern Regional representative for Nurse Educators in the Tertiary Sector (NETS), 2016.
  • Organising Committee Member for the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference, 2015.
  • Staff representative on the Wintec Council.
  • Committee member on the Wintec Human Ethics Committee.
  • Gallagher Award for Excellence and Leadership recipient, Wintec, 2012.

Areas of expertise and research

  • Nursing education, policy, research and leadership.
  • Collaboration between disciplines.
  • Continuous quality improvement.
  • Enhancing student success in programmes and flexible teaching strategies.
  • Clinical learning environments (Dedicated Education Units).
  • Interprofessional education in health and social practice settings.
  • Clinical and academic partnerships for enhanced workforce development.
  • Integrated learning in nursing education curricula.

Research activity

  • Co-creative partnership for practice: An application of Dedicated Education Units (DEU)’. Presented at the Interprofessional Symposium, Wintec, 2016, with Atherfold, C., and Stewart, A.
  • ‘Dedicated Education Units in older persons and rehabilitation settings’. Presented at the Technology Enabled Solutions Symposium and Trade Show, Wintec, 2016, with Atherfold, C.
  • Research undertaken with Dairy Group NZ into the mental health of dairy farmers in New Zealand, 2016, with Te Huia, M.
  • ‘Co-creative partnership for practice’. Presented at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference, 2015, with Atherfold, C., and Stewart, A.

Select publications

  • Atherfold, C., Birks, G., & Clayton, J. (2016). Dedicated Education Units and their impact on patient outcomes. Article in press.




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