Heather Nelson-Brantley, PhD, RN, CCRN-K
Ph.D., University of Kansas, School of Nursing
BSN, University of Kansas School of Nursing
BS, Psychology, minor in Business Administration, Kansas State University
- KU faculty since 2012
- Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar Alumna
- Host School Co-Chair, 2019 Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference Planning Committee
- Research Committee, CGEAN Board of Directors
- Ambassador, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
- Statewide Representative, KUMC Nursing Alumni Association Board of Directors
- Peer reviewer for Journal of Nursing Administration, Journal of Nursing Management, International Journal of Nursing Studies, and Journal of Advanced Nursing
- Member of CGEAN, Midwest Nursing Research Society, Rural Nurse Organization, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Chapter, and the National League for Nursing
- Nursing areas of practice: adult medical critical care and cardiothoracic surgery progressive care
Academic Program Affiliations
- MS - Master of Science
- DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice
- PhD - Doctor in Philosophy
Current Areas of Teaching
- NRSG 754: Health Care Research
- NRSG 755: Professionalism in Advanced Nursing Practice
- NRSG 880/HP&M 840: Organizational Foundations for Leading Change
- NRSG 883: Complexity Science Approaches to Improve Organizational Effectiveness
- NRSG 898: Research Project in Nursing
- NRSG 919: Theoretical Foundations for Leading and Communicating in Organizations
Select Research Interests
- Organizational change
- Health systems leadership
- End-of-Life and Palliative Care
- Critical access hospitals and rural health care
- Data visualization methods in data science
- Interprofessional teamwork and patient safety
- Nelson-Brantley, H.V., Ford, D.J., Miller, K.L., & Bott, M.J. (2018). Nurse executives leading change to improve critical access hospital outcomes: A literature review with research-informed recommendations. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 18(1), 147-179. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v18i1.510
- Nelson-Brantley, H.V., Ford, D.J., Miller, K.L., Stegenga, K.A., Lee, R.H., & Bott, M.J. (2018). Leading change: A case study of the first independent critical access hospital to achieve Magnet® designation. Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(3), 141-148. 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000588
- Nelson-Brantley, H.V., Park, S.H., & Bergquist-Beringer, S. (2018). Characteristics of the nursing practice environment associated with lower unit-level RN turnover. Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(1), 31-37. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000567
- Nelson-Brantley, H.V., & Warshawsky, N.E. (2018). Interprofessional education: Advancing team science to create collaborative safety cultures. Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(5), 235-237. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000607
- Nelson-Brantley, H.V., & Ford, D.J. (2017). Leading change: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73(4), 834-846. doi: 10.1111/jan.13223
- Nelson-Brantley, H.V., & Teel, C.S. (2017). Nurses on boards in Kansas: A targeted board descriptive study. The Kansas Nurse, 92(1), 10-13.
- Nelson-Brantley, H.V., Ford, D.J., Miller, K.L., Stegenga, K.A., & Bott, M.J. (April 2017). Leading change in critical access hospitals: A qualitative, index case study of the journey to Magnet®. Poster presentation. 2017 Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
- Nelson-Brantley, H.V., He, J., & Dunton, N. (April 2017). Data mining for nurse manager excellence. Poster presentation. 2017 Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
- Nelson-Brantley, H.V., Ford, D.J., Miller, K.L., & Bott, M.J. (November 2016). Positive deviance: A qualitative, index case study of the first independent critical access hospital to achieve Magnet® designation. Podium presentation. 2016 International Nursing Administration Research Conference, Orlando, FL.
- Nelson-Brantley, H.V., & Ford, D.J. (November 2016). A conceptual model of leading change. Poster presentation. 2016 International Nursing Administration Research Conference, Orlando, FL.
- Nelson-Brantley, H. V., & Laverentz, D. M. (October 2013). Interprofessional education and TeamSTEPPSTM: Delivering on our commitment to quality, safety and efficiency across the continuum of care. Podium presentation. 40th annual national Professional Nurse Educators Group conference: Lessons from Oz, assuring capabilities for future nursing education and practice, Kansas City, MO.
- 2017-2019, Principal Investigator. Team Learning and Safety Culture in Perioperative Hospital Units: Understanding the Nursing Unit Leader Perspective. Funded by Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing (CGEAN).
- 2016-Present, Co-Investigator. National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI). Funded by Press Ganey Associates, Inc.
- 2016-Present, Co-Investigator. Development, Implementation, and Maintenance of Quality Measures for the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Funded by Econometrica, Inc.
- 2014-2016, Principal Investigator. Nurses on Boards in Kansas: A Targeted Board Descriptive Study. Funded by Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare and University of Kansas School of Nursing.
Awards & Honors
- KUMC Early Career Achievement in Nursing Alumna Award, 2016
- CGEAN International Nursing Administration Research Conference Best Poster Award, 2016
- DAISY Faculty Award, 2016 Taunton Scholar Award, 2016
- Roma Lee Taunton Research Medal, 2016
- Sigma Theta Tau Research Endowment Award, 2016
- The Ron Bruch & Caryl Goodyear-Bruch Scholarship, 2016
- P.E.O. Scholarship, 2015
- Jonas Nurse Leader PhD Scholar, 2014-2016 KU
- Jayhawker Lecturer Award, 2014
- Dr. Nancy Mosbaek Doctorate in Nursing Scholarship, 2013
- March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Finalist, Rising Star category, 2011