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 2016

HLTH 520 - Practice Project
Course Coordinator

HLTH 524 - Leadership in Health Care
Course Coordinator

HLTH 594 - Thesis for Master of Nursing Science
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 for 7 years, 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.

Recent publications

Authored book chapters

Walton, J. (2008). Concepts in Nursing Practice, Section One of Lewis's Medical-Surgical Nursing: Assessment and Management of Clinical Problems (2nd ed ed.). Marrickville, NSW: Mosby, Elsevier.

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.

Journal articles, editorials and papers

Walton, J. A., & Lazzaro-Salazar, M. (2016). Othering the Chronically Ill: A Discourse Analysis of New Zealand Health Policy Documents. Health Communication, 31(4), 460-467. doi:10.1080/10410236.2014.966289

de Vries, K., Walton, J. A., Nelson, K., & Knox, R. (2015). An examination of the research priorities for a hospice service in New Zealand: A Delphi study. Palliative and Supportive Care, 1-9. doi:10.1017/S1478951515000838

Walker, L., Clendon, J., & Walton, J. (2015). What nurses think about professionalism?. Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, 21, 12-13.

Tregoweth, J., Walton, J. A., & Reed, K. (2012). The experiences of people who re-enter the workforce following discharge from a forensic hospital. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 37(1), 49-62. doi:10.3233/JVR-2012-0599

Connor, M. J., & Walton, J. A. (2011). Demoralization and remoralization: A review of these constructs in the healthcare literature. Nursing Inquiry, 18(1), 2-11. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1800.2010.00501.x

Nicholls, D. A., Walton, J. A., & Price, K. (2009). Making breathing your business: Enterprising practices at the margins of orthodoxy. Health, 13(3), 337-360. doi:10.1177/1363459308101807

Walton, J. (2005). Review of Carole Grbich, New approaches in social science. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 45(1), 135-137.

Fleming, J., & Walton, J. (2004). Sport and recreation cooperative education projects: a medium for teaching and learning ethical principles. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 5(1), 45-49.

Higgins, I., Madjar, I., & Walton, J. (2003). Chronic pain in elderly nursing home residents and the need for nursing leadership. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 12, 167-173.

Strauss, P., Walton, J., & Madsen, S. (2003). 'I don't have time to be an English teacher': supervising the EAL thesis. Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, 8(2), 1-16.

Wylie, K., Madjar, I., & Walton, J. (2002). Dementia care mapping: a person-centred, evidence-based approach to quality assurance in the nursing home setting. Geriaction, 20(20), 5-9.

Muir-Cochrane, E., Holmes, C., & Walton, J. (2002). Law and policy in relation to the use of seclusion in psychiatric hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. Contemporary Nurse, 13(2), 136-145.

Walton, J. (2002). Nursing, technology and the experience of illness. ICUs and Nursing Web Journal, 11. Retrieved from

Walton, J. (2002). Telling it like it is (Editorial). Beginning Journeys, Nursing Research Committee, Faculty of Health Sciences, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, 7, 5.

Conference presentations, proceedings, and research seminars

Walton, J. A., & Krisjanous, J. (2015, September 3). Exploring the emotions contained in nursing work: stories from old photographs. In History of Emotions Conference. Wellington.

Salmon, R., Boniface, S., Cherrington, S., Harvey, M., Macaskill, A., Marshall, S., . . . Norman, E. (2014). By staff/ For staff: building, sustaining, and empowering a community of practice in learning and teaching for all University staff. In ASCILITE.

Lindsay, N., Walton, J., Hales, C., & Rook, M. (2014). Care and compassion at the front line: Student assignments as sites of research potential. In The 3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health. Newcastle, Australia.

Walton, J., Krisjanous, J., & Crick, D. (2014). Commerce meets compassion: Challenges and tensions inherent in the role of manager within aged care facilities. In The 3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health. Newcastle, Australia.

Walton, J. (2014). Nursing, values and the language of business. In New Zealand Intravenous Nurses Annual Conference. Wellington. Retrieved from

Walton, J. (2014). What is in a word?. In The 3rd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Qualitative Research in Nursing, Midwifery and Health. Newcastle, Australia.

Rook, M., Hales, C., Lindsay, N., & Walton, J. (2013). Restoring the professional and public image of nursing. In Australasian Nurse Educators Conference. Wellington.

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

Duke, J., Skinner, J., Walsh, K., Moss, C., & Walton, J. (2007). Developing new models of university/community engagement for evidence transfer and evidence utilisation. In 2007 JBI International Convention. Pebbles of Knowledge: Evidence for Excellence. Adelaide.

Walsh, K., Moss, C., Walton, J., Duke, J., & Skinner, J. (2007). Fame(ing) the theory of evidence synthesis. In 2007 JBI International Convention. Pebbles of Knowledge: Evidence for Excellence. Adelaide.

Walton, J. (2006). Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. How patients see their feet (Invited paper). In Australian Podiatry Association Qld State Conference 'Finding the rewards in podiatry'. Mooloolaba.

Farrow, T., Walton, J., & Koziol-McLean, J. (2006). Exposing risk: ontological, ethical and practical challenges of researching suicide care in multiple inpatient mental health units in New Zealand. In 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference Advances In Qualitative Methods. Looking to the future: Opportunities & challenges for qualitative research. Surfers Paradise, Australia..

Walton, J. (2006). In the event of an emergency... (Invited paper). In Australian Podiatry Association Qld State Conference 'Finding the rewards in podiatry'. Mooloolaba.

Walton, J., Dickinson, A., McCallin, A., Weston, K., & Harun, L. (2006). Strengthening and supporting families: what needs to happen?. In ASSID 41st Annual Conference, 'Risk and resilience: Hope for the future. Canberra.

Walton, J. (2005). From parallel play to genuine cooperation (Abstract). In 1st International Clinical Skills Conference: From the skills laboratory to the workplace: Making the connection. Prato, Italy.

Walton, J. (2005). The mental wellbeing of the hospitalised elderly: a cause for concern. In 5th International Clinical Practice Conference. Hamilton.

Walton, J., & Andrew, C. (2004). Taking charge of our destiny combining professionalism, courage and reconstructed past. In College of Nurses Aotearoa Annual Conference. Christchurch.

Fleming, J., & Walton, J. (2003). Maintaining ethical standards on sport and recreation cooperative projects. In Sixth Annual NZACE Conference. Wellington.

Walton, J. (2002). A place for everything and everything in its place: technology and nursing in the 21st Century (Invited paper). In New Zealand Institute of Health Management Conference, 'Technology-adding value to health'. Auckland.

Walton, J. (2002). Fighting for my own character: working with consumers to hear their way of being in the world (invited speaker). In Narratives of Mental Illness and Involuntary Detention Seminar. National Centre for Health and Social Ethics, Auckland University of Technology.

Strauss, P., & Walton, J. (2002). Language use and abuse in thesis writing: the experience and expectations of second language speakers and their supervisors. In Quality in Postgraduate Education, Integrating Perspectives.. Adelaide.

Madjar, I., & Walton, J. (2002). The courage to act: nursing narratives of everyday heroism. In 8th International Qualitative Health Conference. Banff, Canada.

Walton, J., & Madjar, I. (2002). The courage to act: nursing narratives of everyday heroism (Invited keynote paper). In Valuing Practice Partnerships Conference. Auckland University of Technology.

Strauss, P., & Walton, J. (2002). The language of the thesis: difficulties and expectations of second language students and their supervisors. In HERDSA conference 'Quality Conversations'. Perth.

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.