Heather Nelson-Brantley, RN, CCRN

Clinical Instructor
Ph.D., University of Kansas School of Nursing, Lawrence, Kansas
RN, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Lawrence, Kansas
BS, Psychology, minor in Business Administration, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas


  • KU faculty since 2012
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, Greater Kansas City Chapter, President
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Chapter, Corresponding Secretary
  • Hinch Academic Society, Faculty Advisor
  • Kansas Action Coalition, Leadership Development Resources Team, Lead
  • CGEAN, member

Academic Program Affiliations

  • BSN

Current Areas of Teaching

  • NRSG 334, Professional Development II: Image, Roles, and Ethics
  • NRSG 473, Professional Development III: Navigating the Profession
  • NURS 333, Health and Illness: Foundations of Nursing Practicum
  • NURS 475, Health and Illness: Nursing with Diverse Populations Practicum
  • NURS 477, Capstone

Select Publications 

  • Warshawsky, N.E., Joseph, M.L., Fowler, D.L., Edmonson, C., Nelson-Brantley, H.V., & Kowalski, K. (2015). CGEAN perspectives: Pioneering through chaos. Journal of Nursing Administration, 45(3), 130-132. PMID: 25689497
  • Nelson-Brantley, H. V., & Laverentz, D. M. (2014). Leaderless organization: Active learning strategy in a concept-based curriculum. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(8), 484. PMID: 25072676
  • Nelson, H. (2011). From scrubs to stairs: The innovation of nursing excellence. Imprint, 58(3), 31-33. PMID: 21717940
  • 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.

Select Presentations

  • Waldon,T., & Nelson-Brantley, H. (2015). Magnetizing mentoring: Innovative methods for building future nurse leaders. Keynote podium presentation, February 2015, at the 2015 Magnetizing KC Conference, Kansas City, KS.
  • Ford, D.J., Nelson-Brantley, H., Frank-Ragan, E., & Teel, C. (2014). Graduate nursing leadership curricula and the Kansas Action Coalition: Moving the future of nursing forward. Poster presentation, November 2014, at the 2014 International Nursing Administration Research Conference, Dallas, TX. (peer-reviewed)
  • Laverentz, D., & Nelson-Brantley, H. (2014). Walk a mile in their shoes: An innovative teaching strategy to develop interprofessional collaboration. Poster presentation, November 2014, at the 18th Annual Midwest Regional Nursing Educators Conference, Columbia, MO. (peer-reviewed)
  • Nelson-Brantley, H. (2014). Meeting today's health care needs: Leading change, advancing health through nursing. Podium presentation, October 2014, at the 2014 Midwest Region Health Professions Conference, Pittsburg, KS. (invited)
  • Nelson-Brantley, H., & Laverentz, D. (2013). Interprofessional education and TeamSTEPPSTM: 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. (peer-reviewed)

Awards & Honors 

  • 2014-2016, Recipient, Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar, PhD
  • 2014, Recipient, KU Jayhawker Lecturer Award
  • 2013, Recipient, Dr. Nancy Mosbaek Doctorate in Nursing Scholarship
  • 2012-2016, Recipient, Kansas Nurse Educator Scholarship
  • 2011, Finalist, March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, Rising Star category
Last modified: Aug 06, 2015


Heather Nelson-Brantley, RN, CCRN
Clinical Instructor

P: (913) 588-1696