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Patricia McClunie-Trust

Principal Academic Staff Member


  • PhD Nursing, Victoria University of Wellington, 2010
  • MA Nursing, Victoria University of Wellington, 2000
  • Graduate Certificate Arts, Victoria University of Wellington, 2002
  • Bachelor of Social Science, Waikato University, 1994
  • Advanced Diploma in Nursing, The Waikato Polytechnic, 1991
  • Tertiary Teaching Certificate, Auckland Institute of Technology, 1987
  • Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing, Middlemore Hospital, 1984
  • Registered General and Obstetric Nurse, Waikato Hospital, 1976

Area of Expertise

Patricia teaches modules and supervises research in the postgraduate and Master of Nursing programmes including the practice knowledge, research project and advanced nursing practice modules.
She coordinates nursing practice modules in breast care, cardiac nursing and pharmacology in collaboration with practice partners. She completed a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington in 2010 using a critical inquiry approach to examine how nurse family members negotiate professional and personal boundaries in caring for a relative with a cancer related illness.
Her other research interests include narrative inquiry approaches to learning in clinical practice and the impact of technological developments on nursing and nursing education.

Industry Experience, Affiliation and Achievements

Strategic roles

  • Member Scholar International Institute of Qualitative Methodology, Alberta, Canada, 2011
  • Member Centre project Development Team for Health and Social Practice, 2011
  • Member Wintec Postgraduate Committee, 2007 – 2012
  • Chairperson Wintec Women’s Advisory Committee, 1999 – 2005


  • College of Nurses, Aotearoa Trailblazer Award, 2007
  • Honours and Masters Award Waikato University, 1994

Volunteer experience

  • Victim Support, Hamilton, 2003 – 2004
  • RNZ Army Medical Corps (Territorial) 1 Field Hospital, Auckland, 1984 – 1987

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research studies

  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2010). Negotiating boundaries – The registered nurse caring for her own relative in palliative care. Research towards thesis for Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing at Victoria University of Wellington.
  • McClunie-Trust, P., Couch, M., & Herbert, J. (2004). KIWIN: A beta-site test of an evaluative study. Hamilton: Waikato Institute of Technology.
  • Paton, B., McClunie-Trust, P. Martin, S. & Weir, N. (2001). An interpretive phenomenological pilot study exploring the learning experiences that third year nursing students acquire during their final clinical practicum. Hamilton: The Waikato Polytechnic & Health Waikato.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2000). Body boundaries and discursive practices in life threatening illness: narratives of the self. Research towards thesis for Master of Nursing at Victoria University of Wellington.


  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2011, November). Nurse Family members: Caring for the self and others. Paper presented at the Health of Health Professionals Conference, 3-5 November, Auckland New Zealand.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2011, November). Practice e-portfolios: reflections on educational innovations for tomorrow’s nursing workforce. Poster presented at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference: Innovations in Nurse Education in Practice, 23-25 November, Hamilton New Zealand.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2011, October). Nurse Family members - Caring for the self and others. Paper presented at the Explore Research Series, 27th October, Wintec, Hamilton.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2011, April). E-portfolios for advanced nursing practice: a Moodle story. Paper presented at INSPIRE:TECH 2011, Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2010, October). Nurse family members: 'the call to care' for our own relatives. Paper presented at the 16th Qualitative Health Research Conference: Challenging the boundaries. Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2010, October). Ethical challenges in qualitative health research: positioning the self as nurse researcher. Paper presented at the 11th Advances in Qualitative Research Methods Conference: Challenging the boundaries. Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Chileshe, W., & McClunie-Trust, P. (2010, November). Autoethnography as critical inquiry: self-narratives of a black foreign educated nurse working in New Zealand. Paper presented at Contemporary Ethnography Across Disciplines: Ethnography Conference. University of Waikato, Hamilton.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2007, June). Negotiating ethical challenges in sensitive qualitative health research. Paper presented at Qualitative Health Research Conference, Seoul.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2006, June). Mobile computing in a New Zealand Bachelor of Nursing Programme. Paper presented at NI2006, Seoul.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2006). Mobile computing in a New Zealand Bachelor of Nursing Programme. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 122, 604-608.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2006, June). Nurses caring for their own relatives in palliative care. Workshop presentation for Hospice Nurses, Hamilton.
  • Paton, B., Martin, S., McClunie-Trust, P., & Weir, N. (2004). Doing phenomenological research collaboratively. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 35 (4), 1-6.
  • McClunie-Trust, P. (2004, June). Negotiating boundaries: Health professionals caring for their own relatives in Palliative care. Paper presented at the Psycho-oncology Interest Group Biannual Meeting, Cancer Society New Zealand Dunedin Branch, 24th & 25th June, Dunedin.
  • McClunie-Trust, P., & McKay, B. (2004, November). Inter-institutional collaborative e-learning. Poster presented at 11th National Nurse Education Conference, 24th -26th November, Hepburn Springs, Victoria, Australia.

Current research

  • The ethics oriented practice of self-care in research: Using Foucault’s methods for narrative inquiry

  • E-portfolios for advanced nursing practice – Ethics approval received from Wintec Ethics Committee to conduct evaluative research on the use of E-portfolios in the clinical Master of Nursing Programme