University of Nebraska Medical Center

Audrey Nelson, PhD, RN

Associate Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Audrey Nelson, PhD, RN
Dr. Nelson is a nurse with more than 40 years with teaching experience in pediatric nursing, evidenced-based research and practice, and is an academic coach for undergraduate and graduate students. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from UNMC College of Nursing, Masters of Science degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and PhD from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Research focus is for children with chronic illness and their families, primarily working with parents. Completed a post-doc fellowship sponsored by Oncology Nursing Society and Ortho Biotech to develop a psychosocial intervention for parents.
  • 1972, BSN, UNMC
  • 1974, MSN, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1994, PhD, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Research Interests
  • Parents of children with hematology and oncology.
  • Children with type 1 diabetes and insulin pump therapy.
  • Parents of children with type 1 diabetes who are using insulin pump therapy.
  • Students' preferred learning style and academic success.
  • Critical thinking application.
  • Megel, M. E. Nelson, A. E. Black., J. Vogel, J. & Uphoff, M. ( May, 2013) A comparison of student and faculty perceptions of clinical post-conference learning environment. Nurse Education Today, 33 (5) 525-529. (on-line January 9, 2012 )
  • Houfek, J. F., Kaiser, K. L., Visovsky, C., Barry, T. L., Nelson, A. E., Kaiser, M. M., & Miller, C. L. (January/February 2010). Using a writing group to promote faculty scholarship. Nurse Educator, 35 (1), 41-45.
  • Nelson, A.E., Genthe, J.A., Gall, K.M., & Edwards, E. (July/August 2009). Patterns of youths’ glycemic control with insulin pump therapy. Pediatric Nursing, 35 (4), 234-239.
  • Nelson, A. E., Gleaves, L., & Nuss, S. (2003). Mothers responses during the child’s stem cell transplantation: Pilot Study. Pediatric Nursing, 29, 219-223.
  • Nelson, A.E. (2003). Protection of children in research studies. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 20, 141-143.
  • Mandrell, B.N., Ruccione, K., Dodd, M., Moore, J., Nelson, A. E., Pollock, B., Stewart, J. L., Stutzer, C., & Westlake, S. K., (2000). Applying the concept of self-care to pediatric oncology. Seminars in Oncology Nursing, 16, 315-316.
  • Nelson, A. E. (1998). Coping and support effects on fathers stress responses to their child&rsquo's hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 15, 111-112. (Abstracts of research papers and posters presented at 1997 APON Conference, pp. 107-118).
  • Nelson, A. E., Miles, M. S., & Belyea, M. J. (1997). Coping and support effects on mothers stress responses to their child’s hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 14, 202-212.
  • Nelson, A. E. (1996). Effects of support on mothers responses during bone marrow transplant. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 13, 159-160. (Abstracts of research papers presented at the 1995 APON Conference, pp. 158-189).
  • Nelson, A. E., Miles, M. S., Reed, S., Davis, C. P., & Cooper, H. (1994). Depressive symptomatology in parents of children with chronic hematology and oncology disorders. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 12, 61-75.
  • Chairman of the College of Nursing 100th Anniversary Celebration committee and was a writer for the 100th Anniversary book entitled “A Century of Academic Nursing Excellence: Transforming the Future.
  • Selected for the UNMC Interprofessional Leadership for Excellence and Academic Development (iLead) 2014-2015.
  • Participates as a member or chair of different CON/UNMC committees.
  • UNMC Faculty Senate President (2012-2013), CON representative for 12 years, and currently serves as parliamentarian.
  • Editorial Board member of Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing and reviewer of manuscripts.
  • Served as a grant reviewer for Oncology Nursing Society (2011, 2012, 2014).
  • Selected for the Technology in Education Scholarship Program, UNMC (2010-2012).
  • Appointed the CON History Museum coordinator (2007-present).
  • Serves on the CONAA Engagement Council.
  • Inducted into the UNMC Interprofessional Academy of Educators in 2016, member of two interest groups.
  • UNMC 40 Year Faculty Service Award (2016).
  • Recognized for Outstanding Professional Excellence and Dedication by International Women’s Leadership Association (2016).
  • Received the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award for recognition of developing an academic assistance program for students (2015).
  • Ada Lindsey Professional Service Award, UNMC College of Nursing (2008).
  • 2006, UNMC, UNMC Chancellor's Council Silver 'U'
  • 2005, UNMC College of Nursing, Alvin Earle Outstanding Health Science Educator
  • 2003, University of Nebraska College of Nursing Alumni Association, Distinguished Alumnus