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David Healee image 2020Senior Lecturer

ONC (UK), ADN, BA (Canterbury), MA (Appld Nsg) (Vic), C.T.T (AUT), DHSc (AUT), RN


Research interests

David's research interests include health and recovery of the older adult, with an emphasis on how older adults manage recovery from physical illness/injury. David is also interested in clinical leadership within the nursing profession and transcultural nursing. He utilises a grounded theory methodology, especially interested in Glaserian, or thematic analysis for smaller projects.

David's doctoral thesis is titled 'Restoring: a grounded theory of recovery' in how older adults managed their recovery from hip fracture. Interviews with older adults and analysis discovered how older adults process recovery according to regaining physical and social functioning, balanced with reasserting themselves into their recovery journey.

Other projects include interviewing how Japanese nurse experienced working in New Zealand, and how 'they learn to find a voice' in the cultural differences between the two countries.

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Paper convener for research for nurses
  • Supervision of theses, dissertations, practice projects
  • Examiner for doctoral and masters research theses

David has lectured in undergraduate programmes for over 12 years and post graduate programmes for 8 years.


Che Arr, F., Hocking, C., & Healee, D. (2023). Gaining by losing: The daily living experience of international female doctoral students in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Occupational Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/14427591.2023.2276586

Gordge, B., Healee, D., & Seaton, P. (2023). The utilisation of continuous glucose monitoring in ICU and its transferability to the ward setting: A nursing perspective. Proceedings of the 46th New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes (NZSSD) Annual Scientific Meeting. Poster 20. Retrieved from

Florencio, F., Healee, D., Ratahi, T., Wiki, N., & McKenna, B. (2022). Tū Tahanga: A qualitative descriptive study of a culturally adapted violence prevention programme in a forensic mental health service. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 21(2), 185-193. doi: 10.1080/14999013.2021.1953194

Nadeem, A., & Healee, D. (2021). Utility of the Waterlow scale in acute care settings: A literature review. Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, 12(1), 44-48. doi: 10.3316/informit.232142521342232

Healee, D. J., McCallin, A., & Jones, M. (2017). Restoring: How older adults manage their recovery from hip fracture. International Journal of Orthopaedic & Trauma Nursing, 26, 30-35. doi: 10.1016/j.ijotn.2017.03.001

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