H. Wayne Nelson

Professor, Chair, and Interim HCMN Coordinator


Contact Info

Linthicum Hall, Rm 101A


  • Fellow, Gerontological Society of America

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Oregon State University
  • M.B.A., City University Bellevue Washington
  • M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • M.A., Portland State University
  • B.A., Portland State University

Areas of Professional Interest

  • The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
  • Organizational correlates to quality care in nursing homes
  • Conflict and violence in healthcare settings
  • Health aspects of disaser preparedness
  • Institutional elder abuse
  • Organizational leadership
  • Disaster mitigation for special needs populations

Select Publications

  • Nelson, H. W. & Netting, F. E. (2021). “A COVID reset: The Future of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and its volunteer advocates.” The Journal of Gerontological Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1080/01634372.2021.1980479 
  • Yang, B. K., Cater M. W., & Nelson, H. W.  (2021). Trends in COVID-19 cases, deaths, and staffing shortages in nursing homes by rural and urban status. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 42(6), 1356-1361. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2021.08.016
  • Yang, B. K., Carter, M. W., Trinkoff, A. M., & Nelson, H. W., (2021). Nurse Staffing and Skill Mix Patterns in Relation to Resident Care Outcomes in US Nursing Homes. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association22(5), 1081–1087. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2020.09.009 
  • Nelson, H. W., Agley, D., Netting, F. E., Borders, K., & Huber, R. (2020). Community long term care ombudsman program disaster assistance: Ready, willing or able?” Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. https://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2019-0015 
  • Nelson, H. W., Yang, B. K., Carter, M. W., Monahan, E., & Engineer, C. (2020). Nursing home administrator’s job satisfaction, work stressors, and intent to leave. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 40(1), 67-76. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464819896572
  • Netting, F. E. & Nelson, H. W. (2020). Managing disaster preparation amid conflicts of interest: A teaching/ learning case study. Human Service Organization: Management, Leadership & Governance, 187-197. https://doi.org/10.1080/23303131.2019.1707733 
  • McSweeney-Feld, M. H., Nelson, H. W., Whitner, W., & Engineer, C. Y. (2017). Emergency preparedness content in health care administration programs: A decade later. Journal of Health Administration Education34(18), 85-102.
  • Nelson, H. W., Netting, F. E., & Agley, D. (2017) “Mixed method telephone survey: Evaluating State Ombudsman disaster program preparedness.” SAGE Research Methods Cases. Online ISBN: 9781526420954; DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781526420954
  • Austin, E. N., Serap, E., Bastepe-Gray, Nelson, H. W., Breitenback, J., Durry, A., Ogle, K., Green, S., & Crabtree, L. A. (2014). Pediatric mass casualty education: Experiential learning through university sponsored disaster simulation. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 40(5), 428-433.
  • Austin, E. E. Nancy Hannafin, N., & Nelson, H. W. (2013). Pediatric disaster simulation in graduate and undergraduate nursing education. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 28(4), 393-399. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2012.12.004.
  • Nelson, H. W., Agley, D., Netting, F. E., Borders, K., & Huber, R. (2013). State long term care ombudsmen’s perceptions of their program’s disaster roles and readiness” The Journal of Applied Gerontology. 32(8), 952-974. doi:10.1177/0733464812446865 (published in JAG online June 2012).
  • Nelson, H. W. (2012). “Dysfunctional health service conflict: Causes and accelerants.” The Health Care Manager, 32(2), 178-191.
  • Nelson, H. W., Netting, F. E., Borders, K., Huber, R., & Agley, D. (2011). Former volunteers report on the most meaningful factors affecting their service with the Oregon Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. International Journal of Volunteer Administration, 27(3), 10-19.


Number Name
HMCN 417/517 Long-Term Care Ethical Problems
HLTH 617 Health Administration
HLTH 637 Leadership Skills