John Smithson is a lecturer in Nursing at James Cook University with 10 years academic experience teaching pharmacy and nursing undergraduate and postgraduate students.  He currently coordinates the Nurse Practitioner Course.  He is an accredited pharmacist and registered nurse with extensive experience in both the public remote and regional hospitals and private community and consultant pharmacy sectors.  His professional academic interests include exploring institutional systems and processes to improve teaching and learning quality, using novel teaching methods to improve job readiness of undergraduate students, improving prescribing quality and reliance on evidence-based practice and evaluation and predictors of long term impact of foreign aid programs to countries around the pacific-rim.  John enjoys competitive sailing, especially in stormy weather as he thinks it is good job training.

  • BM1022: Physiological Systems and Processes 2 (Level 1; TSV)
  • NS5903: Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practice 1 (Level 5; TSV)
  • NS5906: Nurse Practitioner Clinical Practice 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • NS5922: Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioners 2 (Level 5; TSV)
  • PC2204: Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics for Pharmacists (Level 2; TSV)
  • PC3301: Integrated Therapeutics 2 (Level 3; TSV)
  • PP2131: Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1 (Level 2; TSV)
  • PP2231: Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2 (Level 2; TSV)
  • Effect of simulation on student learning
  • Student feedback
  • 2017 - Academic Lead: Learning and Teaching (Nursing & Midwifery), James Cook University (Townsville, Australia)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2011 - ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

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Conference Papers
  • Birks M, Buchan J, Smithson J and Norris P (2014) Reality at the COAL FACE. Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. In: ascilite 2014: 31st Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Rhetoric and Reality: critical perspectives on educational technology, 23-26 November 2014, Dunedin, New Zealand

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 19+ research outputs authored by Dr John Smithson from 2008 onwards.


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  • 5+ collaborations
  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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