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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.

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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

Healee, D., & Inada, K. (2016). Working with difference: Thematic concepts of Japanese nurses working in New Zealand. Nursing & Health Sciences, 18(1), 91-96. doi: 10.1111/nhs.12246

Healee, D. J., McCallin, A., & Jones, M. (2011). Older adult's recovery from hip fracture: A literature review. International Journal of Orthopaedic & Trauma Nursing, 15(1), 18-28. doi: 10.1016/j.ijotn.2010.06.010

Blake, S., Healee, D., & Lamont, S. (1989). Spinal injuries: First aid and acute nursing. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 82(2), 26-27.