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., 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. 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/23303131.2019.1707733 

  • McSweeney-Feld, M. H., Nelson, H. W., Whitner, W., & Engineer, C. Y. (Winter, 2017) Emergency Preparedness Content in Health Care Administration Programs: A Decade Later. Journal of Health Administration Education, 34, (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: Experiental 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, (12) 00361-2. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2012.12.004.

  • Nelson, H. W., Agley, D., Netting, F. E., Borders, K., & Huber, R. (December 2013). “State Long Term Care Ombudsmen’s Perceptions of Their Program’s Disaster Roles and Readiness” The Journal of Applied Gerontology. 32: 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