Dr Andrew Gardner

Clinical Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 334 69090


Dr Andrew Gardner is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University of Queensland, where he teaches mental health nursing in the undergraduate and post graduate programs.

Andrew is an active qualitative researcher and has also published quantitative research - his interests include the

  • Professional boundary in health care contexts - how boundaries are established, maintained and broken,
  • Teaching and learning in the affective domain, and
  • Contemporary mental health care in acute and community settings, and the impact of “caring” on mental health clinicians.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Nursing, a Master of Mental Health Nursing, a Master of Business Administrative Management, a Diploma of Medical Hypnosis, and a Philosophical Doctorate for his thesis titled “A constructivist grounded theory of mental health clinicians boundary maintenance”

Research Interests

  • Constructivist Grounded Theory
    Constructivist Grounded Theory (Kathy Charmaz 2006) was used as my philosophical approach to my PhD research on professional boundary maintenance
  • Learning in the affective domain
    I have researched and published in the area of teaching and learning in the affective domain, winning a number of research grants and recognition for my work

Research Impacts

Research Publications

Gardner, A. 2019. A case study of seven children with fractured femurs experiencing night terrors in hospital, treatment and management. Nursing children and young people, doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2019.e1147

Gardner, A. Johns, S. 2019. Educating undergraduate general nursing students to conduct Mental State Assessments using high fidelity video simulations that develops learning in the affective domain. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 9(1): 132-136.

Gardner, A. McCutcheon, H. Fedoruk, M. 2017. The black and white and shades of grey of boundary violations. Collegian, doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2015.10.001

Gardner, A. McCutcheon, H. 2015. A constructivist grounded theory study of mental health clinicians' boundary maintenance. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 23(6): 30-33.

Gardner, A. McCutcheon, H. Fedoruk, M. 2012. Discovering Constructivist Grounded Theory’s fit and relevance to researching contemporary mental health nursing practice. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 30(2):66-74.

Gardner, A. McCutcheon, H. Fedoruk, M. 2010. Therapeutic friendliness and the Development of Therapeutic Leverage by Mental Health Nurses in Community Rehabilitation settings. Contemporary Nurse, 34(2):140-148.

Gardner, A. McCutcheon, H. Fedoruk, M. 2010. Superficial supervision: Are we placing clinicians and clients at risk? Contemporary Nurse, 34(2):258-266.

Harding, S. Gardner, A. 2009. Fear of Falling. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27(1):94-100

Tait, R. Phillips, A. Gardner, A. De Luca, S. Newbury, J. 2007. Country South Australia Dementia Project: Shaping Future Services.

Harding, S. Gardner, A. 2006. Advancing practice through prescribing: Is there a better way? Contemporary Nurse, 22 (1):84-90.

Annells, M. Averis, A. Brown, J. Gardner, A. Hockley, C. Surguy, S. Thornton, D. 1997. An Inquiry of Research Priorities in Nursing and Midwifery in South Australia Using a Delphi Technique.


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Muir-Cochrane, Eimear, Rouse, Kevin and Andrew, Gardner (2008). Working with peer support workers in postgraduate mental health education. 34th Annual Conference of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 6-10 October 2008. Richmond, VIC, Australia :Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2008.00563.x

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors: