Kathy Nelson

Senior Lecturer
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Practice

Teaching in 2020


MA PhD Well, RN


Kathy is a senior lecturer in nursing and the research committee convenor at the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Practice. She coordinates HLTH528 Evaluation in Health and HLTH525 Diversity in Health and supervises a number of PhD students. She is a nurse with a background in paediatrics, public health and nursing and health services innovation and research. Kathy has participated in many evaluations of health innovations, for example nursing innovations, shared care for mental health clients, leadership in nurse practitioners, and the introduction of routine screening for partner abuse.

Supervision interests

  • Improving health outcomes and experiences of diverse populations
  • Nursing and health service innovations
  • Nurse and nurse practitioner prescribing
  • Post doctoral experiences of nursing academics

Research interests

  • Health services for diverse populations especially those with long term conditions
  • Nurse practitioner roles and development

Current projects

  • Caring for people with chronic pain in the emergency department environment (Principal Investigator (PI) Kathy Nelson VUW).
  • Nurse practitioner prescribing practices (PI Betty Poot VUW)
  • Frequent presenters to the emergency department (PI Kathy Nelson VUW)
  • Postdoctoral experiences of Nurse academics who study their PhD in a foreign country (PI Kathy Nelson VUW)

Recently completed supervision projects

  • Widiasih, R. (2018). Husbands’ understanding of breast and cervical cancer in the Indonesia Muslim community. PhD
  • Khuel, S. (2017). Mixed presenters to the emergency department. PhD
  • Drury-Ruddlesden, J. (2017). Rehabilitation in advanced dementia through computer assisted exergaming with Abel-X: A collective case study. PhD
  • Druye, A. (2017). Self management strategies for people with sickle-cell disease in Ghana. PhD
  • Kim, M. (2016). The power of "altruistic" healthcare and its impacts on the health-seeking behaviour of Korean immigrants in New Zealand. PhD
  • Lally, E. (2014). Symbiotic relationships in patients’ engagements with practice nurses. PhD
  • Campbell, A. (2013). Impact of the abolition of user fees in Jamaica on access and the work of the professional nurse. PhD


View a list of publications from Kathy Nelson

Teaching in 2020