Heather Nelson-Brantley is a full-time student in the BSN to PhD program at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Her research area of interest is in nursing leadership and organizational behavior. More specifically, Nelson-Brantley’s dissertation is using complexity theory as a theoretical framework for examining factors that inhibit or empower nurses to lead health care organizations and advance health. Heather received her BSN from the University of Kansas School of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Her clinical practice expertise includes medical and pulmonary critical care and cardiothoracic surgery progressive care. Nelson-Brantley is a Clinical Instructor for the University of Kansas School of Nursing, where she teaches professional development courses in the BSN program. Heather serves on the Kansas Action Coalition Leadership Team as lead for the Resources Development Task Force. In addition, Nelson-Brantley is the 2014-2015 President of the Greater Kansas City Chapter American Association of Critical Care Nurses and is the Corresponding Secretary of the Delta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International. Heather was recently awarded the 2014 Jayhawker RN Award by her undergraduate students for excellence in teaching in the classroom. She was also awarded the 2013 Dr. Nancy Mosbaek Doctorate in Nursing Scholarship and the 2013 Sigma Theta Tau International Delta Chapter Community Leader Award.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Nurse Leader – Organizational Leadership
Dissertation: sing complexity theory as a theoretical framework for examining factors that inhibit or empower nurses to lead health care organizations and advance health.