Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Prof Jo Walton

Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Phone: 04 463 6135
Location: CS703, Level 7, Wellington Hospital Clinical Services Block

Prof Jo Walton

Teaching in 2015

HEAL 690 - Health for PhD
Course Coordinator

HLTH 520 - Practice Placement
Course Coordinator

HLTH 524 - Leadership in Health Care
Course Coordinator

NURS 690 - Nursing for PhD
Course Coordinator


RN, MA(Hons), PhD (Massey)


As Professor of Nursing Jo brings to her role a wide and varied background in clinical, academic and governance posts in the health and academic sectors.

Jo held the position of Head of School of GSNMH from 2007 to 2014, and led the School through a series of major changes in staffing, curriculum offerings, research profile and premises during that time. She is currently also a member of Nursing Council New Zealand. 

Jo’s research interests are wide and her passion is to demonstrate how nursing can help improve the health outcomes of the vulnerable, the disabled and the chronically ill. 

From the beginning of July 2013 until the end of June 2014 Jo will be away from her university post on research and study leave. During that time she will concentrate on her current interest in the service dimension of health, exploring the ways in which organizational culture and leadership can best be harnessed toward effective outcomes, a productive workforce, and satisfied health consumers.

Recent refereed journal articles

Tregoweth, J., Walton, J.A and Reed, K. (2012) The experiences of people who re-enter the workforce following discharge from a forensic hospital. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 37, 1-14. In Press: DOI:  10.3233/JVR-2012-0599

Connor, M and Walton, J.A. (2010) Demoralization and remoralization: a review of these constructs in the healthcare literature. Nursing Inquiry, 17 (3) 1-10.

Nicholls, D., Walton, J.A. and Price, K. (2009) Breathing new life into old regimes of practice. Health, 13 (3), 337-370.

Recent presentations

Walton, J.A. (2013) Leadership in the 21st Century.  Invited Keynote Speaker: International Nurses Day Celebration, 13 May, Waikato District Health Board, Hamilton.

Walton, J. (2012) Closing the gap: From evidence to action. Invited Keynote Speaker: International Nurses Day Celebration 9th May,  Capital and Coast District Health Board, Wellington:

Walton, J. (2012) Lessons from the playground and A rose is a rose is a rose. Invited Keynote Speaker (two sessions) ANZICS (Australia and New Zealand Critical Care Society) Conference, 28-30 May, Hamilton, NZ. Theme: Leadership and Crisis, Leadership and Change.

Walton, J. (2011) Health Policy: Influences and Implications Invited Keynote Speaker, ANEC (Australia and New Zealand Nurse Educators’ Conference) November 23-25, Hamilton, NZ.

Walton, J. and Lazzaro, M. (2009) Personal worth or national burden? Discourses around chronic illness. 3rd International In Sickness and In Health Conference. Government of the Self in the Clinic and the Community. April 15-17, Victoria, BC, Canada

Selected books and book chapters

Walton J. A. (2008) Section Editor (11 chapters) in D. Brown & H. Edwards Lewis’s Medical Surgical Nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems (2nd ed): Sydney: Mosby (Responsible for NZ research content in these chapters. (pp. 2-214)

Walton, J.A. & Marriott, R. (2008) Eds.  Culturally competent care in D. Brown & H. Edwards Lewis’s Medical Surgical Nursing: Assessment and management of clinical problems (2nd ed). Sydney: Mosby

Strauss, P. & Walton, J.A. (2005) ‘Authorship, voice and the EAL thesis’ in E.Manalo and G. Wong-Toi (eds) Communication skills in university education: The international dimension, Auckland, Pearson Education New Zealand, pp51-61.

Walton, J.A. (2001) ‘The lived experience of mental illness' in S. K. Toombs (ed.) Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine.  Philosophy and Medicine Series, 68,  Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp.279-293. This chapter is currently being translated into a talking book for the blind in Norway

Madjar, I. & Walton, J.A. (Eds) (2001) Nursing and the experience of illness: Phenomenology in practice, (Korean translation) Seoul: Hyun Moon Publishing.

Madjar, I  & Walton, J.A.  (2001) ‘What’s problematic about evidence?’ In: J. Morse, J. Swanson & A. Kuzel (Eds)  The nature of evidence in qualitative inquiry, Thousand Oaks: Sage, pp 28-45.

Madjar, I. & Walton, J.A. (Eds) (1999) Nursing and the experience of illness: Phenomenology in practice, St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin and London: Routledge.

Spicer, J., Trlin, A., & Walton, J.A. (Eds) (1994) Social dimensions of health and disease: New Zealand perspectives.  Dunmore Press: Palmerston North, NZ.

Other publications

de Vries, L.K., Walton, J.A., Knox, R. & Nelson, K. (2013) Project Report on Research Priorities for Te Omanga Hospice: a Delphi Study, 20pp.

Walton, J.A. (2012/2013) Compassion, criticism, and complaints. Nursing Review, 13 (2), 23

Walton, J.A.(2012)  How are we today? Nursing Review, 12 (11) 26.

Walton, J.A. (2012) Celebrating leadership. Nursing Review, 12 (10), 28.

Walton, J.A. (2012) Making your mark. Nursing Review, 12 (9), 25.