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.  She joined the University of Kansas School of Nursing as an affiliate faculty in 2012, teaching in both clinical and classroom settings.  In 2013, Nelson-Brantley was appointed Clinical Instructor.  Her classroom teaching includes Professional Development I, II, and III.  In 2014, Nelson-Brantley received the KU Jayhawker Lecturer award for excellence in classroom teaching. 

In addition to teaching, Nelson-Brantley facilitates affiliate and adjunct faculty development as the Clinical Learning Specialist for the undergraduate program.  She is also the faculty advisor of the Hinch Academic Society, and serves as the KU School of Nursing representative for the University of Kansas Hospital Professionalism Council. 
Nelson-Brantley's clinical experience includes medical and pulmonary critical care and cardiothoracic surgery progressive care.

 Nelson-Brantley is a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, Ph.D. student.  She is in the BSN-Ph.D. program at KU School of Nursing, and her research area of interest is in nursing leadership and organizational behavior.  She has completed her master's course work and is now focusing on her dissertation research, using complexity leadership theory as a theoretical framework for examining factors that inhibit or empower nurses to lead health care organizations 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, National Ambassador
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Delta Chapter - Corresponding Secretary
  • Kansas Action Coalition - Leadership Team
  • National League for Nursing - Member
  • Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing - Member
  • Phi Kappa Phi - Member

Publications and Presentations

  • Nelson-Brantley, H. V., & Laverentz, D. M. (2014). Leaderless organization: active learning strategy in a concept-based curriculum. The Journal of nursing education, 53(8), 484-484. PMID: 25072676
  • 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.

Honors and Awards

  • Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, PhD (2014 - 2016) - Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare
  • KU Jayhawker Lecturer Award (2014) - University of Kansas School of Nursing
  • Dr. Nancy Mosbaek Doctorate in Nursing Scholarship (2013) - Kansas State Board of Nursing
Last modified: Dec 23, 2014


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

P: (913) 945-5046