Heather Nelson-Brantley, BSN, RN, CCRN

Clinical instructor
Ph.D., University of Kansas, Anticipated 2016
BSN, University of Kansas
BS, Kansas State University

Heather Nelson-Brantley, BSN, RN, CCRN is a clinical instructor in the undergraduate program.  Nelson-Brantley joined the University of Kansas School of Nursing as an Affiliate Faculty in 2012, teaching in both clinical and classroom settings.  In 2013, she was appointed Clinical Instructor.  Nelson-Brantley teaches in a variety of classroom courses, including Professional Development I, II, and III.  She is also the faculty leader of the Hinch Academic Society.

 Nelson-Brantley's clinical experience includes medical and pulmonary critical care and cardiothoracic surgery progressive care.  In addition to teaching, she currently works as a staff RN at the University of Kansas Hospital's Center for Advanced Heart Care.

 Nelson-Brantley received a BS in Psychology and Business Administration from Kansas State University, a BSN from the University of Kansas School of Nursing, and is currently a full-time student in the BSN-PhD program at the University of Kansas School of Nursing.  Nelson-Brantley has completed her master's course work and is now focusing on her doctoral dissertation research, using Complexity Theory as a theoretical framework for understanding health care organizations and preparing nurses to lead change and advance health.


•  Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)

• Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)

•  Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (BLS)

 Practice Specialties

• Cardiothoracic Surgery Progressive Care

• Medical and Pulmonary Critical Care

 Professional Membership

•  American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Greater Kansas City Chapter - President-Elect

•  Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Chapter - Corresponding Secretary

•  Kansas Action Coalition - Leadership Team

•  Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing - Member

•  Kansas City Nurse Research Consortium - Member

•  Phi Kappa Phi - Member

 Publications and Presentations

•  Nelson-Brantley, H., & Laverentz, D. (2013). Interprofessional education and TeamSTEPPS®: Delivering on our commitment to quality, safety and efficiency across the continuum of care. Podium presentation, October 2013, at the 40th annual national Professional Nurse Educators Group conference: Lessons from Oz, assuring capabilities for future nursing education and practice, Kansas City, MO.

• Nelson, H. (2011). From scrubs to stairs: The innovation of nursing excellence. Imprint, 58(3), 31-33.

•  Nelson, H. (2011). Pediatric advance directives: A voice for the voiceless. Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Chapter Journal of Undergraduate Nursing Writing, 5(1), 55-63.

•  Nelson, H. (2011). Oath of commitment. University of Kansas School of Nursing Nightingale Ceremony.

•  Nelson, H. (2011). Climbing your staircase: Crafting your own transformational, ideal nurse professional. Podium presentation, April 2011, at the National Student Nurses Association Annual Convention, Salt Lake City, UT.

Last modified: Feb 01, 2014


Heather Nelson-Brantley, BSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical instructor

P: (913) 945-5046