Dr. Holly Wei has received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing from the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently an assistant professor at the College of Nursing at East Carolina University. She is a student of Dr./Dean Kristen Swanson during her PhD study and a post-doctoral scholar of Dr. Jean Watson.
She teaches graduate courses in the Nursing Leadership Concentration. The courses she has taught include
Dr. Wei’s research passion is about a caring culture in healthcare and academia and leadership development. Her research studies include parents' experiences in healthcare settings, perceptions of providers’ caring, and perspectives on healthcare environments.
During her doctoral study, she was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grant fellow, a two-time recipient of the Jane Winningham Smith Scholar Award selected by the dean of the school of nursing and the graduate school scholarship committee at UNC Chapel Hill, and the first recipient of the Dr. Lester Sauvage Research Fund from the Hope Heart Institute in Seattle, Washington.
She had the honor to be invited to speak at Seattle Children's Hospital and visit the Nightingale School of Nursing at King's College London.
Her latest selected experiences as a speaker include:
Dr. Wei has been a compassionate nurse and leader. She deeply cares about nurse and patient experiences and patient quality of care.
Dr. Wei's research focuses on caring culture in healthcare and nursing leadership development. Her research studies include parents' experiences in healthcare settings, perceptions of providers’ caring, and perspectives on healthcare environments. She is currently pursuing research about healthcare providers' perceptions of caring, including patients, families, colleagues, and organizations.
Wei, H., Wei, T., Brown, K., Buck., S., & Mill, M. (2018). Parents' Perceptions of Caring Characteristics of Physicians and Nurses. International Journal for Human Caring, 22(1).
Wei, H., Roscigno, C. I., Swanson, K. S. (2017). Parents' perceptions of healthcare providers' caring: Nothing is too small for a child hospitalized for heart surgery. Heart & Lung, 46(3), 166–171. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hrtlng.2017.01.007
Wei, H., Roscigno, C. I., Swanson, K. S., Black, B. P., Hudson-Barr, D., Hanson, C. C. (2016). Parents’ experience of having a child undergoing congenital heart surgery: An emotional roller coaster from shocking to blessing. Heart & Lung, 45(2), 154-160. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2015.12.007.
Wei, H., Roscigno, C., Hanson, C., & Swanson, K. M. (2015). Families of children with congenital heart disease: A literature review. Heart & Lung, 44(6), 494-511. doi: S0147-9563(15)00217-4
2016 - 2017 BB&T Leadership Active Learning Grant offered by BB&T Center for Leadership Development at East Carolina University. $1,000.
2016 - 2017 BB&T Leadership Development Grant: Mentorship Development in Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing Students. $10,000.
2016 - 2017 Becton-Dickinson Nursing Research Grant at the University of North Carolina Hospitals: Factors related to peripheral intravenous catheter success in Newborn Critical Care Center. $15,000.
December 2017. School nurses: Leaders in all aspects. The 34th Annual School Nurse Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina.
September 2017. Healthy Work Environments: Where can you find it and who is responsible for it at North Carolina Nurses' Association Annual Convention, Cary, North Carolina.
April 2017. Teamwork in Healthcare during the celebration of nurses' week at the North Carolina Nurses' Association Triangle Region, Durham, North Carolina.
March 2016. Healthcare providers' caring actions. Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, Washington.
September 2015. Focus groups at the Nightingale School of Nursing at King's College London.
Woody, G., Wei, H., Lake, D., & Sigmon, L. (April, 2017). Graduate and undergraduate students’ perceptions of a mentorship program: An innovative way of teaching. Brody School of Medicine Education Day, Greenville, North Carolina.
Wei, H. & Crickmore, K. (2017). Parents' perceptions of nurses' caring when children hospitalized for heart surgery. College of Nursing Collaborative Research Day.
Wei, H., Yee, P., Bohling, S. Bryant-Hampton, L., & Flippin, J. (March, 2016). Parents’ Perceptions Nurses’ caring actions in a MagnetÒ-designated Hospital. “Mine” the Gap: Measuring the Value in Quality & Research conference, Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC.
Wei, H., Gbadegesin, A., & Bryant-Hampton, L. (October, 2015). Nurses’ perceptions of caring for patients requiring contact precautions in a cohort environment. Quality Expo, UNC Chapel Hill.
Mattingly, P., Wei, H., Harlos, L., Zhang, G., & Roszell, S. (April, 2015). Pressure ulcers of hospital patients in China and the United States: Comparing Chinese and American nurse’s perspectives on preventive factors. Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Research Day, Chapel Hill, NC.
Wei, H. (2014). The crossroads of nursing research, theory, and clinical practice. UNC Hospital Annual Nursing Report.
Wei, H., Bohling, S., Yee, P., & Gunnells, C. (October, 2014). Optimizing Patients’ Care through Evidence-Based Practice: Utilizing Theory and Research to Promote Nurses’ Clinical Practice. UNC healthcare Quality Expo.
Wei, H. (September, 2014). Families of children with congenital heart disease: A reflection of research from a qualitative perspective. The Crossroads of New Knowledge: Where Quality and Research Intersect, Friday Center, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Wei, H., & Swanson, K. M. (September. 2013). Families of children with congenital heart disease: A contemporary literature synthesis for evidence-based practice. The Inaugural Nursing Research Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Wei, H., Estrem, H., Park, J., Pedo, B., Thoyre, S. M., Van Riper, M. (February, 2009). The use of cognitive interviews in strengthening the content validity of the Eating Assessment Tool. The Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Austin, TX.
Park, J., Pedo, B., Wei, H., Estrem, H., Thoyre, S. M., Van Riper, M. (February, 2009). Preliminary development of an Eating Assessment Tool for young children: Establishing content validity. Presented in the Southern Nursing Research Society Conference, Austin, TX.
Research in Progress:
NURS6973 Management of Human Resources and Professional Relationships in Nursing Leadership
NURS 6974 Financial Management and Decision-making in Nursing Leadership
NURS 6977 Nursing Leadership Practicum I
NURS 6978 Nursing Leadership Practicum II
NURS 6986 Analytical Foundations of Nursing Leadership
College of Nursing:
2016 – Present Committee Member - Research and Scholarship Committee at the College of Nursing at ECU
2017 – Present Chair Research Committee - North Carolina Nurses Association Triangle Region
2016 – Present Member - North Carolina Nurses on Boards 2020 Council
Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS)
2017 Health Sciences Author Recognition Awards at East Carolina University
2017 BB&T Leadership Development Selected Participant at East Carolina University
2016 Health Sciences Author Recognition Awards at East Carolina University
2015 Jane Winningham Smith Scholarship Award by School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill
2015 Dr. Lester Sauvage Research Award by the Hope Heart Institute, Seattle, Washinton
2014 Jane Winningham Smith Scholarship Award by School of Nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill
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