Dr David Healee

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Head of Postgraduate - School of Clinical Sciences, Pathway Leader - Leadership & Management, Nursing Lecturer

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7642

Email: david.healee@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:

Room: AA221
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive

Links to relevant web pages:

College of Nurses Aotearoa

New Zealand Orthopaedic Nurses Association

See more at: http://www.aut.ac.nz/profiles/health-sciences/nursing/head-of-postgraduate/david-healee#sthash.MxAGB5iu.dpuf


Doctor of Health Science
Certificate In Tertiary Teaching
MA (Applied Nursing)
Advanced Diploma of Nursing
Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate (UK)
Registered General Nurse

Memberships and Affiliations:

Member of the College of Nurses Aotearoa
Member of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Nurses Association

Teaching Areas:

•    Head of Postgraduate – Strategic
•    Pathway leader for Leadership  & Management
•    Lecturer - Undergraduate Nursing Programme

•    Leadership  & Management 1
•    Leadership & Management 2 
•    Quality Evaluation in health

Guest lecturer:
•    Advancing Nursing Practice
•    Integrative Research
•    Qualitative Research 2
•    Qualitative Methodology Master Class
•    Doctor of Health Science

Research Areas:

Areas of research interest:
•    Older adult and physical recovery
•    Clinical leadership

Areas of Supervision:
•    Methodology Grounded theory (Glaserian primarily)
•    Management / leadership
•    Older adult

Research Summary:

Research Thesis:
The theory of Restoring: A grounded theory of recovery

Restoring explains how older adults recover following a health event such as hip fracture.  Restoring consists of regaining and reasserting, which are continuously being balanced depending on the context and situation.  This research shows that older adults manage recovery, whilst adhering to professional regimes that are interpreted in terms of individual self-governance.  It was shown that individual social responsibility for managing recovery is continuously balanced against the social collective responsibility for the professional management of recovery in hospital and the community.  Current practice reflects generalised recovery programmes that sit alongside medicalised processes of care managed by professionals.  How the person manages recovery and restoring their normal once they return home, needs to be factored into care delivery.  This research shows that people will manage their recovery irrespective of what clinicians say.

Current Research Projects:

Co joint study on Japanese nurses working in new Zealand

Charge Nurse Manager leadership training – evaluation study


Healee, D.J. et al.(2011) Older adult’s recovery from hip fracture: A literature review, International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing doi:.2010.06.010


2012 – Vice Chancellor Doctoral Completion Scholarship (6 months)

2009 - Irihepeti Ramsden Scholarship College of Nurses Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Last updated: 11-Nov-2015 12.30pm

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