Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Tania Johnston

 Tania Johnston

MHS, BScN, EMT-P

Dually qualified as a paramedic and nurse, Tania has 23 years of experience in pre-hospital care. Her clinical experience includes emergency nursing as well as paramedic practice in rural and urban ambulance services. Tania taught in the paramedic program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada before transitioning into an educator role with the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance retrieval program. She worked as a critical care flight nurse/paramedic then Medical Base Manager during her years with STARS. Upon completing her master’s studies, Tania held leadership roles with the Alberta government in the areas of Emergency Medical Services and provincial air ambulance dispatch. She then transitioned to become the Director of Capacity Management and Regional Patient Transport for the former Capital Health Authority and Patient Care Manager for Medicine at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Canada.  

Upon relocating to Australia in 2010, Tania taught both nursing and paramedicine at CSU and in 2012 she became a full-time lecturer in Paramedicine in Port Macquarie where she played a key role in designing and implementing the simulation program. Tania returned to Canada in 2016 where she now focuses on distance education. She has taken on a leadership role in developing and delivering the CSU Bachelor of Paramedicine as a bridging degree to Canadian paramedics. In addition to teaching subjects in the undergraduate program, Tania continues to lecture in the Masters of Paramedicine and Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedicine). Tania maintains current professional registration as a nurse in Canada and Australia. She is also a registered Advanced Care Paramedic in Canada.

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Teaching

Teaching philosophy:

My overarching teaching goal is to prepare competent paramedic graduates who are ethical, inquisitive, adaptable, and open to new perspectives. Further to this, my teaching philosophy involves using a combination of problem based and experiential learning while drawing on my clinical experience and professional background to offer authentic learning experiences. Knowing that students differ in their learning needs, I seek to engage with them in varying ways while motivating them to excel, be personally accountable and enjoy the journey toward becoming lifelong learners. 

Tania is currently teaching Introduction to Medical Emergencies (CLS201), Paramedic Intensive Care for Paediatrics (PHC401), Advanced Paramedic Medical Emergencies (CLS400), and Populations with Special Needs (APS403).

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Research

Tania's varied research interests include paramedic identity and paramedic distance education pedagogy. She is currently involved in research on clinical placements, student identity, mental health education, and the use of ketamine for pre-hospital sedation.

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