H. Wayne Nelson

Professor and Chair


Contact Information

Linthicum Hall, Rm 121A


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 Recent Publications

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.

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.

Nelson, H. W. (2012). “Dysfunctional health service conflict: Causes and accelerants.” The Health Care Manager. 32(2), 178-191.

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).

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.


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