Wendy Trimmer, RN, MA(Applied) in Nursing, is an Academic Leader: Postgraduate Nursing and Health, Whitireia New Zealand. Wendy has over 26 years’ experience of working in mental health nursing and education sectors. Wendy has expertise in leadership, education, mental health, research, sensory modulation, and inter-professional practice. Research interests include Wendy has engaged in research in the following areas Context Based Learning, Leadership, New Entry to Specialist Practice (Mental Health Nursing), and Preceptorship. Her most recent research work has been looking at the effectiveness of new entry to practice (NESP) programmes within the mental health sector.


Trimmer, W. (2006). The way things are done around here: Perceptions of clinical leadership in mental health nursing. Unpublished Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington.

Research and Development

Owen, K., Hart, R., & Trimmer, W. (2016). Mā te mārama ka ora ai tātou – through understanding one another we can all achieve well-being. Whitireia Journal, -, 23. pp. 31-36

Trimmer, W., & Hawes, P. (2015). Utilising context in learning. In Inquiry-Based Learning for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Programs: (Eds.), Volume 4: (pp.241-256).

Korzon, J., & Trimmer, W. (2015). The mutual benefits of preceptorship. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 21, 8, 14-16.

Trimmer, W., Korzon, J., Owens, K., & Fuller, C. (2014). Sensory modulation in nursing programmes at Whitireia New Zealand: A teaching initiative. Handover: Te Pou Mental Health and Addiction Nursing Newsletter, 26, p.1,4.

Korzon, J., & Trimmer, W. (2013). Positioning Preceptorship for New Graduate Nurses. Head to Head Magazine NZNO.

Korzon, J.P., & Trimmer, W. (2012). Integrating mental health and addiction nursing through teaching. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 35.

Trimmer, W., & Hawes, P. (2012). Virtual families: The merging of simulation and problem (context) based learning. In Proceedings of the 3rd International PBL Symposium (pp. 412-416). Singapore: Republic Polytechnic.

Laracy, K., & Trimmer, W. (2011). Mental health in primary care: A resource for New Zealand health professionals.Porirua, New Zealand: Whitireia Publishing.

Dunn, H., Trimmer, W., & Laracy, K. (2011). Psychopharmacology: A handbook for New Zealand health professionals (2nd Ed.). Porirua, New Zealand: Whitireia Publishing.

Trimmer, W., Laracy, K., & Love-Gray, M. (2009). Seeing the bigger picture through context based learning. Wellington, New Zealand: Good Practice Publication Grants, Ako Aotearoa National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence.

Presentations at Conferences and Seminars

Wills, H., Owen, K., & Trimmer, W. (2015). Increasing awareness and changing attitudes: A collaborative approach to mental health education for paramedic students. Conference presentation at Te Ao Maramatanga Conference, Te Papa, Wellington (July)

Trimmer, W., & Korzon, K. (2015). Facilitating the development of soft skills through context-based learning.Conference presentation at National Tertiary Learning and Teaching Conference, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Tauranga (October).

Korzon, J., & Trimmer, W. (2014). Appreciating preceptorship in new graduate mental health and addiction nursing in New Zealand. Oral presentation at Workplace Integration for New Nurses (WINN) Nursing The Future (NTF) Conference, April 29 – May 1, Banff Alberta, Canada.

Trimmer, W., Haggerty, C., & Fuller, C. (2014). All, Many, Some, Few: What content should be taught at undergraduate, NESP & postgraduate. Mental Health & Addiction Nurse Educators Forum. Whitireia NZ.

Trimmer, W., & Gell, D. (2013). Finding solutions to improving the mental health of people in a prison setting: A collaborative approach. Oral presentation at 1st Australasian Mental Health & Addiction Nursing Conference, June 2013

Trimmer, W., & Haggerty, C. (2013). Mental health and addiction nursing education delivered 'Close to Home': The past, present and the future. Poster presentation at 1st Australasian Mental Health & Addiction Nursing Conference, Auckland, June

Trimmer, W. (2010). A different journey. International initiative for mental health leadership (IIMHL) conference 17-21 May 2010, Dublin and Killarney, Ireland

Trimmer, W., Laracy, K., & Love-Gray, M. (2009). Seeing the bigger picture through problem based learning. What are we learning about learning? Conference proceedings of 2nd International Problem-Based Learning Symposium, 10 - 12 June, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore. pp. 377-382. ISBN 978-981-08-3291-9.

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