Dr Stephen Phillip Jacobs



  • 2011 - Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine, The University of Auckland. Supervisors: Associate Professor Matthew Parsons, The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and Associate Professor Paul Rouse, School Business.  Topic: Implementation as a systematic manageable process rather than a Pandora's Box of confusion: Reshaping community home care services for older people.
  • 1993 - The University of Auckland, Papers equivalent to Post Graduate Diploma in  Arts (Psychology): Neuropsychology; Theory and Practice in Clinical Psychology; Health Psychology; Health Promotion for Individuals, Groups and Communities, plus Year 1 Clinical Practice.
  • 1988-1991 - The University of Auckland, Stage III Psychology papers
  • 1984 - The University of Auckland, BA (Education and English); The Auckland College of Education, Diploma of Teaching

Research | Current

Research interests

  • Nurses Thriving at work
  • Nurse wellbeing and resilience
  • Health leadership
  • Service innovation, development and implementation
  • Implementation of evidence into practice
  • Benchmarking and performance management

External Research funding

  • Parsons, M., JACOBS, S., Baird, J. (Southland service evaluation) SDHB $98,000.00 2011
  • Parsons, M, JACOBS,S. IN-TOUCH and case Mix analysis, Auckland DHB, $75,000.00, 2010
  • Parsons, M., Rea, H., Pollock, M., Kenealy, T., Parsons, J., JACOBS, S., Jörgensen D., Implementing telemedicine across four DHBs, DHBNZ, $542,000.00, 2009
  • Fouche, C., Clendon, S., Mace, J., Shaw, J., Stewart, L., Jorgensen, D., Kenealy, T., McKenna, B., Grant, A., JACOBS, S., Parsons, J., Parsons, M., Sheridan, N. Educating future health care professionals to support people with chronic conditions to live better and live longer. STAR. $40,000, 2009
  • Parsons, M., JACOBS, S., Parsons, J., Gunderson Reid, M.  IN-TOUCH, Capital Coast DHB, $78,000.00, 2009
  • Parsons, M., JACOBS, S., Parsons, J., Gunderson Reid, M.  IN-TOUCH, Capital Coast DHB, $48,000.00, 2009
  • Parsons, M., Baird, J., JACOBS, S. Review of Care Coordination Centre, Capital Coast DHB, $26,000, 2008
  • Jorgensen, D., Parsons, M., Parsons, J., JACOBS, S. Carers in New Zealand, Faculty Development Research Round, $17,000.00, 2007
  • Parsons, M., Sheridan, N., Baird, J., Wood, P., and JACOBS, S. Tairawhiti older person journey, a review of older person services In Tairawhiti DHB. $90,000, 2007
  • Parsons, M., Gundersen-Reid, M., JACOBS, S., Sickler, M., Parsons, J. IN – TOUCH, a community services benchmarking exercise across 10 DHBs; $80,000, 2007
  • Parsons, M., Kerse, N., JACOBS, S., Brown, P., and Kilpatrick, J. Evaluation of ageing in place initiatives. The Ministry of Health.  $ 853,054, 2003

Teaching | Current

Cooordinator for the Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) programme since 2013.

Coordinator and lecturer for the BNurs(Hons) N782 Research Methods paper.

Lecturer for N775 Leadership and Management for Quality Healthcare and N732 Leading and Managing Change in Healthcare .

Lecture on leaderhsip and innovation in N302.

Postgraduate supervision


Ryan McCardle 2016 Classification of facial recognition event related potentials

Cathleen Aspinall    Current  How does a health organisation develop a culture of nursing leadership?                                                                                      

Robert Hawker  Current  The implementation of a Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) score: Impact on surgical patient outcomes, the PACU Registered Nurse, and the health care institution.  

Miriam James-Scotter Current     The value and viability of daily measurement of staff satisfaction in a surgical theatre setting                                                                                                   

Masters Thesis                                                                                    

Tracy Silva Garay   2017   Developing Nurse Leaders of the Future

Gail Foster 2016 Pre-registration nursing students and learning via a satellite campus in New Zealand – the lived experience.                            

Priscilla Van Oorschot  2016 What are the core components that enable nurses to be adaptive leaders in a shared role of community and practice nursing?

Paris Nicholls 2016  What Factors Increase or Inhibit the Engagement of Patients in Planning for Their Future Renal Replacement Therapy?

Megan Connolly 2016 Clinical leadership of Registered Nurses working an Emergency Department                                                                                   

Dave Hithersay 2015 You don't have to burn books to limit knowledge if students don't engage in reading them.                                        

Romana Raby 2015 Factors impacting on the clinical leadership behaviours of staff nurses at the point of care.                                                   

Suzette Poole 2015 New Zealand Mental Health Nurses' Perceptions of Structural and Psychological Empowerment                                            

Barbara Garbutt 2014 Vision and strategy in healthcare; valuable tools or redundant phrases.  A case-study in Waikato District Health Board around leadership in older person health                                                  

Janine Rouse 2014  Improving patient flow from the Department of Critical Care Medicine at Auckland City Hospital to general medical and surgical wards

Jane Kelly 2013 How does simulation influence critical thinking?   

Benfell 2012  Analysis of Lean Six Sigma as a Method for Developing a Falls Prevention Programme in an inpatient geriatric setting                 

Paula Murray 2011  Nurses’ Perceptions of the Effectiveness of Integrated Care Pathways                                                                                       

Masters Research Portfolio                                                                 

Melissa Jensen 2019 New Zealand Nurse Leaders’ Experiences of Implementing Change in Healthcare                                                       

Sarah Pathak 2019  Creating Effective Education on Foot Care Practices to aid Prevention of Diabetic Foot Ulcers in New Zealand.                       

Scott Simmons 2018 Developing clinical leadership in New Zealand hospice nurses                                                                               

Pooja Jani 2018 Barriers and Facilitators in providing culturally appropriate competent End of Life Care in hospitals                                        

Melody Mitchell 2018 Enabling leadership of Charge Nurse Managers

Leslie Kistan 2017   Emergency Nurse Attrition                             

Zoe Williamson 2015 The barriers to participating in simulation training for undergraduate nursing students in a New Zealand setting                                                               


Harkirt Singh 2019  Type 2 diabetes Self-Management                  

Alicia Jones 2018 Nursing related issues resulting in delays in transfer between the ward and OR                                                                                

Moefilifilia Aoelua 2018 What are the factors that influence Pacific people’s preference of Mental Health Services?”                                         

Hannah Blackie 2018 To what extent is the Patient at Risk model of care effective for deteriorating patients from the perspective of nurses?         

Lucy Scott 2018 Helping Emergency Department Registered Nurses Manage and Minimise Burnout                                                                                       

Emma Whitehouse  2017   The Development of an alternative educational approach for patients attending an Emergency Department with a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)                                                                                        

Erin Ward 2017 Supporting managers to enhance delivery of values-based services from Auckland District Health Board staff: A participatory action research study                                                                                       

Hollie McDonald 2017 Evaluation of a leadership development programme for DHB managers                                                                                      

Miriam Scotter 2016 Key factors that influence an improvement of glycaemic control for type 2 diabetics                                                           

Charlotte Thorne 2016 A mixed methods investigation into the views of patients and staff towards the surgical experience                                  

Sarah Hewitt 2016  The effectiveness of current practice in cardiovascular disease risk assessment in primary care – A comparative study of patient outcomes                                                                                     

Sarah Denmark 2016 A Review of New Zealand Nursing Documentation in an Acute Hospital Ward                                                                                         

Marthaleene Healey 2015  Understanding the role emergency nurses provide in the intervention for childhood obesity within acute care setting 


2015 Highly Commended Paper Award. EmeraldiLiteratiNetwork. Leading change within health services: The theory behind a systematic process for leading the implementation of new serviecs within a network structure.   Leadership in Health Services 27(2):72-86 2014


Senior lecturer.

Co-ordinator of the BNurs(Hons) Programme

Lead on the Nurses Thriving at Work Research Programme

Coordinator of the Nurse Wellbeing Research Programme

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Co-Director, The Institute of Healthy Ageing

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Simmons, S. W., Jacobs, S., & McKillop, A. (2020). Developing clinical leadership in New Zealand hospice staff nurses. International journal of palliative nursing, 26 (5), 200-205. 10.12968/ijpn.2020.26.5.200
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ann McKillop
  • Alexander, G. L., Georgiou, A., Doughty, K., Hornblow, A., Livingstone, A., Dougherty, M., ... Fisk, M. J. (2020). Advancing health information technology roadmaps in long term care. International journal of medical informatics, 13610.1016/j.ijmedinf.2020.104088
  • Jowsey, T., Foster, G., Cooper-Ioelu, P., & Jacobs, S. (2020). Blended learning via distance in pre-registration nursing education: A scoping review. Nurse education in practice, 4410.1016/j.nepr.2020.102775
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tanisha Jowsey, Pauline Cooper-Ioelu
  • Aspinall, C., Jacobs, S., & Frey, R. (2019). Are nurses on the ‘shop-floor’?A qualitative study of nursing leadership and empowerment. Putting leadership in its place Bristol.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cathleen Aspinall
  • James-Scotter, M., Walker, C., & Jacobs, S. (2019). An interprofessional perspective on job satisfaction in the operating room: a review of the literature. Journal of interprofessional care, 33 (6), 782-794. 10.1080/13561820.2019.1593118
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cameron Walker
  • Aspinall, C., Jacobs, S., & Frey, R. (2019). Intersectionality and Critical Realism: A Philosophical Framework for Advancing Nursing Leadership. ANS. Advances in nursing science, 42 (4), 289-296. 10.1097/ans.0000000000000275
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cathleen Aspinall, Rosemary Frey
  • McCardle, R., Jacobs, S., Moslehi, A. H., Davies, T. C., & Pinder, S. D. (2019). Recognizing Faces: Pz classification using a research grade system. Paper presented at IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), Nara, JAPAN. 17 October - 19 October 2019. 2019 IEEE BIOMEDICAL CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS CONFERENCE (BIOCAS 2019). (pp. 4).
  • McCardle, R., Jacobs, S., Moslehi, A. H., Pinder, S., & Davies, T. C. (2019). Classifying Faces: Can an Off-The-Shelf System be Effective?. Paper presented at IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), Nara, JAPAN. 17 October - 19 October 2019. 2019 IEEE BIOMEDICAL CIRCUITS AND SYSTEMS CONFERENCE (BIOCAS 2019). (pp. 4).


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M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 231
New Zealand

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