Dr. Heather Nelson-Brantley, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is Assistant Professor and Program Director, Leadership at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She is an associate member of the KU Cancer Center and core member of the Center for Healthcare Quality Research and Data Science. Her nursing practice includes medical and pulmonary critical care and cardiothoracic surgery progressive care.
Dr. Nelson-Brantley received her PhD in Nursing with a minor in Organizational Leadership from the University of Kansas, BSN from the University of Kansas, and B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from Kansas State University. She is a 2019 Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) scholar, and a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar alumna.
Dr. Nelson-Brantley has authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications and 50 presentations in the fields of nursing leadership, implementation science, cancer care, and rural health. She is the Vice President of Research for the Association for Leadership Science in Nursing (ALSN) and Co-Chair of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) Foundation - ALSN Foundation Research Collaborative. Dr. Nelson-Brantley serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nursing Administration and as peer reviewer for the Journal of Nursing Management, Implementation Science Communications, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Nursing Administration Quarterly, and International Journal of Nursing Studies. She has served on several Boards of Directors including ALSN, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Greater Kansas City Chapter, and the KUMC Nursing Alumni Association.
Dr. Nelson-Brantley is the recipient of the ALSN Early Careerist Award, Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, Phyllis Lawrence Keeney Teaching Award, KUMC Early Career Achievement in Nursing Alumna Award, DAISY Faculty Award, Taunton Scholar Award, Roma Lee Taunton Research Medal, Sigma Theta Tau Research Endowment Award, and KU Jayhawker Lecturer Award, among others.