Dr Willoughby Irene Jacobs Moloney

PhD, BNurs(Hons), BA


2017 - Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, University of Auckland. Supervisors: Professor Peter Boxall, The Business School; Professor Matthew Parsons, The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences; Associate Professor Nicolette Sheridan, The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. Topic: Why do registered nurses want to leave the organisation and profession? Understanding the causes of nursing turnover intentions to help improve the retention of registered nurses.

2011 - Bachelor of Nursing (First Class Honours), University of Auckland. Dissertation: An Evaluation of START (Supported Transfer and Accelerated Rehabilitation Team): Providing prompt supported discharge with home-based rehabilitation.

2009 - Bachelor of Nursing. Massey University.

2002 - Bachelor of Arts: Film, TV and Media Studies. University of Auckland.

Research | Current

Research interests:

  • Nursing in primary health care
  • Frameworks that support nurses to thrive
  • Nursing workforce development and management

External research funding:

  • MOLONEY, W. Advanced Trainee Fellowship Scheme. Health Workforce New Zealand. $75,000. 2013-2015

Internal research funding:

  • MOLONEY W. FRDF New Staff Grant. $29,954. University of Auckland. 2018
  • MOLONEY W. PBRF Seeding Grant. $5,454. University of Auckland.
  • MOLONEY W. Doctoral Scholarship. University of Auckland. $70,000. 2013-2016

Teaching | Current

2017 - Present: University of Auckland, School of Nursing:

  • Undergraduate nursing curriculum
  • 2020 - present: Coordinator of Research thread throughout undergraduate prgramme
  • 2020 - present: Course Coordinator Nursing 301: Child and Family Health Nursing (Community Health)
  • 2019: Course Coordinator Nursing 202: Mental Health and Disability (Disability)

Postgraduate supervision

2018 - Present: University of Auckland, School of Nursing:

  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) Coordinator for ADHB
  • Bachelor of  Nursing (Honours) Supervision
  • Masters Supervision


  • 2011 - Bachelor of Nursing (First Class Honours), University of Auckland


Lecturer, undergraduate nursing curriculum.

Coordinator of Research thread throughout undergraduate programme.

Course Coordinator Nursing 301: Child and Family Health Nursing (Community).

Coordinator of Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) programme with ADHB. 

Supervisor, Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) students.

Areas of expertise

Nurse wellbeing

Nursing workforce development

Primary Healthcare

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2018 - Present: Nursing Wellbeing Research Group, University of Auckland, Chair.        

  • Purpose: develop and support research that improves nurse wellbeing and their ability to thrive; use a Positive Organisational Scholarship approach to assist managers and organisations develop effective structures and processes that create support thriving at work cultures; link the undergraduate and post-graduate teams through the development of a Thriving at Work approach to preparing nurses for the workplace and then supporting them, through research, to improve the workforce environment.  

2018 - Present: Collaborative Undergraduate Scholarly Project (CUSP) Teaching and Learning Group, University of Auckland, Chair.

  • Purpose: highlight the impact of the undergraduate teaching team on the quality of education for Bachelor of Nursing students; raise the profile of the undergraduate team, department, and faculty at a national and international level; support individual promotion, PBRF and teaching portfolios; support each other to write for publication and grants in a team environment; showcase the UG teaching initiatives; have a social media presence (Web page or twitter); create a safe environment for scholarly creativity and development

2018 - Present: Bachelor of Nursing Curriculum Committee, University of Auckland, Active Member

  • Purpose: initiate and support curriculum development and quality assurance within the Bachelor of Nursing programme; to ensure that the overall curriculum processes align with the programme and UOA graduate outcomes; to support formal processes for curriculum development and change.


  • Assessment Panellist: FDRF Project Grants
  • Facilitator: Quality and Safety Project, two day workshop for Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacology, Opthamology
  • Assessor: Māori Health Intensive Week
  • Examiner: Master’s Thesis 90 points

2017 - Present:

  • Manuscript reviewer for Journal of Advanced Nursing, International Journal of Nursing Studies and European Journal of Oncology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level D, Room D02
New Zealand