Dr Kim Ward



I am a registered nurse and lecturer at the University of Auckland specialising in patients’ experiences of long-term conditions to inform practice and interventions, primarily in sleep medicine.  I have a background in intensive care and respiratory nursing and have recently completed my doctorate exploring experiences of using therapies for sleep apnoea.  I am a qualitative researcher, currently exploring patient experience and the function of partners in improving patient outcomes in the areas of sleep medicine and long-term therapies.  Research interests include patients’ experiences of healthcare and qualitative methodologies, particularly grounded theory and mixed methodology.

Research | Current

I hold a current faculty research grant funding a project to test doctoral findings about the utility of partner involvement in patient care and have completed a small grant project to investigate the views of sleep clinicians towards partner attendance in clinic.

A current collaboration with Dr. Tony Ryan at Sheffield University is focused on a review and meta-grounded theory analysis of peoples experiences of change in non-communicable conditions, as defined by WHO.

I am also working with Professor Frank Bloomfield in the Liggins Institute on a project testing the feasibility of pulse oximetry screening in newborns to detect critical hypoxia and congenital heart disease. 

Teaching | Current

Director of the semester one Nursing 104 paper (this is the first nursing paper that our nursing students complete as part of their BN).  I also teach across the rest of the BN nursing program, with a particular interest in content focused on the respiratory system.

Postgraduate supervision

I supervise BHons, dissertation, masters and doctoral students. Past and present topics inlcude:


  • A mixed methods study of wellbeing across occupations and in the emergency services – completed
  • At the coal face of the politics of mental health: Exploring how institutional processes impact the therapeutic alliance


  • Does massage therapy improve symptom management for children and adolescents with cancer? – completed with A+
  • What is known about the use of high-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) oxygen for infants with bronchiolitis?  – completed with A
  • Understanding the scope of the Preoperative Assessment Nurse (PAN) role in New Zealand
  • The course of postoperative pain following total hip and knee joint arthroplasty as described by orthopaedic patients
  • Health practitioners’ views about the treatment of childhood obesity


  • Parental views on childhood obesity and their receptiveness to receiving an educational intervention on preventing childhood obesity within an inpatient setting – completed with A
  • Exploring Emergency Department nurses’ perspectives on caring for women who miscarry in the Emergency Department – completed
  • Exploring Māori patients’ experiences of communicating with health professionals in an inpatient setting


Recipient of the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical Heath Sciences senior health research three year scholarship. 

Areas of expertise

Grounded theory research, qualitative research and mixed methods

Patient experience

Respiratory nursing

Intensive care nursing

Clinical skills - BN program




Committees/Professional groups/Services

Member of University of Auckland Grounded Theory Research Group

Member AUT's Grounded Theory Research Group

Consultant for Fisher & Paykel Healthcare in the areas of patient experience and sleep medicine

World Association for Sleep Medicine 2013-15

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Ward, K., Dixon, L., Cloete, E., Gentles, T., Bloomfield, F., & Pulse Oximetry Steering Committee (2020). Health professionals' views of newborn pulse oximetry screening in a midwifery-led maternity setting. "It's a good thing to do, but fund it!". Midwifery, 8110.1016/j.midw.2019.102593
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elza Cloete, Frank Bloomfield
  • Yu, F., Cavadino, A., Mackay, L., Ward, K., King, A., & Smith, M. (2020). Physical activity and personal factors associated with nurse resilience in intensive care units. Journal of Clinical Nursing10.1111/JOCN.15338
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Melody Smith, Alana Cavadino, Fiona Yu
  • Ward, K., & Frey, R. (2019). Exploring clinicians' comfort with the inclusion of sleep apnoea patients' designated partners in clinic.. Paper presented at Sleep DownUnder 2019, 31st Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the Australasian Sleep Technologists Association, Sydney, Australia. 16 October - 19 October 2019. Journal of Sheep Research. (pp. 1). 10.1111/jsr.106_12913
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Rosemary Frey
  • Ward, K., Gott, M., & Hoare, K. (2019). Mastering treatment for sleep apnoea: The grounded theory of bargaining and balancing life with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), in the context of decisional conflict and change theories. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 20 (3).10.17169/fqs-20.3.3137
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Gott
  • Ward, K., Gott, M., & Hoare, K. (2019). Mastering treatment for sleep apnoea: The grounded theory of bargaining and balancing life with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) , in the context of decisional conflict and change theories. Forum, qualitative social research / Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung, 20 (3)10.17169/fqs-19.3.3137
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49150
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Merryn Gott
  • Cloete, E., Gentles, T. L., Lutter, R. A., Richards, K., Ward, K., & Bloomfield, F. H. (2018). Consumer satisfaction with newborn pulse oximetry screening in a midwifery-led maternity setting. International Journal of Neonatal Screening, 4 (38)10.3390/ijns4040038
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Elza Cloete, Frank Bloomfield, Chris McKinlay
  • Rasikaran, A., Ba, D., Bari, K., Carter, H., Price, C., Radojkovich, B., & Ward, K. (2018). Does intentional rounding work on the ward floor? A student perspective. https://healthcentral.nz/does-intentional-rounding-work-on-the-ward-floor-a-student-perspective/. Related URL.
  • Hoare, K., Ward, K., & Walker, R. (2018). English children's respectful reflections of the rights and lives of their Kenyan peers: A grounded theory study. Children & Society, 32 (2), 145-155. 10.1111/chso.12244


Contact details

Alternative contact

Please also call extension 73119

Office hours

Monday Tuesday and Thursday in School of Nursing, and Wednesday in the Liggins Institute.

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 235
New Zealand

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