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Dr Rhonda McKelvie

Senior Lecturer

School of Nursing

I have been a nurse for 30years. For nearly 20 years my clinical nursing work was focused on children in hospital specialising in acute surgery, acute medical, cancer care and bone marrow transplant. I nursed abroad for 6 years, gaining a Bsc (Hons) in Cancer Nursing (paediatrics) from Manchester University in the UK. I completed my Master's degree with Massey focused on partnership in paediatric nursing, and then completed a Doctor of Philosophy with Massey using institutional ethnography to investigate the nurse safe staffing project in New Zealand


Contact details

  • Ph: ext 84465
    Location: SST
    Campus: Manawatu

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Patient safety 

Nurse safe staffing 

Missed/rationed care 

The invisible work of nurses

Situated intelligence 

Preparing and supporting nurses to reach their full professional potential for the nursing workforce


Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Social Change (160805): Social Theory (160806): Sociological Methodology and Research Methods (160807): Sociology (160800): Studies In Human Society (160000)

Research Outputs


McKelvie, R. (2019). Budgets and targets stymie safe staffing. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand. 25(9), 24-26
[Journal article]Authored by: McKelvie, R.
Hamilton, P., Willis, E., Jones, T., McKelvie, R., Blackman, I., Toffoli, L., . . . Harvey, C. (2017). Evaluating the performance of a single-item, global, estimate of missed nursing care. Journal of Nursing Measurement. 25(1), 121-141
[Journal article]Authored by: McKelvie, R.
McKelvie, R. (2017). Why is safe staffing taking. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand. 23(11), 20-21
[Journal article]Authored by: McKelvie, R.
McKelvie, R. (2011). What are the effects of care rationing?. Nursing New Zealand (Wellington, N.Z. : 1995). 17(11), 34
[Journal article]Authored by: McKelvie, R.
Walsh, K., Moss, C., Lawless, J., McKelvie, R., & Duncan, L. (2008). Puzzling practice: A strategy for working with clinical practice issues. International Journal of Nursing Practice. 14(2), 94-100
[Journal article]Authored by: McKelvie, R.

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 0

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • Mayer Mustafa - Doctor of Philosophy
    Patient experience of Nurse Practitioner care

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