Heather Nelson-Brantley, BSN, RN, CCRN-K

Clinical Instructor
Ph.D., Candidate, University of Kansas School of Nursing, anticipated completion 2016
BSN, University of Kansas School of Nursing, 2011
BS, Psychology, minor in Business Administration, Kansas State University, 1997


  • KU faculty since 2012
  • Women in Medicine and Science (WIMS) Executive Council SoN Representative
  • Hinch Academic Society Faculty Advisor
  • Kansas Action Coalition Leadership Team
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Ambassador
  • CGEAN member
  • Sigma Theta Tau Delta Chapter member
  • National League for Nursing member

Academic Program Affiliations

  • BSN

Current Areas of Teaching

  • NRSG 334: Professional Development II: Image, Roles, and Ethics
  • NURS 471: Development of a Microsystem Leader
  • NRSG 473: Professional Development III: Navigating the Profession
  • NURS 476: Nursing in an Evolving Healthcare System

Select Research Interests

  • Organizational change and systems leadership
  • Critical access hospitals and rural health
  • Interprofessional teamwork
  • Nurses on Boards of Directors
  • Nursing practice environment and nurse turnover

Select Publications

  • Peltzer, J.N., Teel, C.S., Frank-Ragan, E., & Nelson-Brantley, H.V. (2016). Strategies for building advocacy skills among undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(3), 177-181. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20160216-11
  • Warshawsky, N.E., Joseph, M.L., Fowler, D.L., Edmonson, C., Nelson-Brantley, H.V., & Kowalski, K. (2015). Pioneering through chaos. Journal of Nursing Administration, 45(3), 130-132. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000171
  • 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. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20140722-12
  • 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.

Select Presentations

  • Nelson-Brantley, H., Ford, D., Miller, K.M., Stegenga, K., Lee, R., & Bott, M. (March 2016). Leading change in critical access hospitals: A case study of the journey to Magnet®. Poster presentation. University of Kansas Medical Center Student Research Forum, Kansas City, KS.
  • Nelson-Brantley, H.V. (October 2015). Nurses on boards in Kansas. Roundtable presentation. Jonas Scholars Leadership Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Waldon,T., & Nelson-Brantley, H. (February 2015). Magnetizing mentoring: Innovative methods for building future nurse leaders. Keynote podium presentation. 2015 Magnetizing KC Conference, Kansas City, KS.
  • Ford, D.J., Nelson-Brantley, H., Frank-Ragan, E., & Teel, C. (November 2014). Graduate nursing leadership curricula and the Kansas Action Coalition: Moving the future of nursing forward. Poster presentation. 2014 International Nursing Administration Research Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • Nelson-Brantley, H., & Laverentz, D. (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.

Awards & Honors

  • KUMC Early Career Achievement in Nursing Alumna Award, 2016
  • Taunton Scholar Award, 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
  • Kansas Nurse Educator Scholarship, 2012-2016
  • March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Finalist, Rising Star category, 2011
Last modified: Apr 04, 2016


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

P: (913) 588-1696