Dr Willoughby 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

Current project:

A study looking at how nurses and managers can work together to create new workforce management systems that support primary healthcare nurses to thrive at work. While there has been focus on better preparing nurses for professional resilience in an often challenging profession, it is also important that nurses are enabled to thrive in the workplace as this contributes to nurses’ wellbeing. This is particularly pertinent given the extra stresses that nurses have faced during the recent pandemic. 

Research interests:

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

Research funding:

  • University of Auckland. FRDF New Staff Grant. $29,954. 2018
  • University of Auckland. PBRF Seeding Grant. $5,454. 2017
  • University of Auckland. Doctoral Scholarship. $70,000. 2013-2016
  • Health Workforce New Zealand. Advanced Trainee Fellowship Scheme. $75,000. 2013-2015

Teaching | Current

University of Auckland, School of Nursing:

  • Undergraduate Research Programme Thread - Coordinator 
  • 105: Nursing in Practice - Lecturer
  • 202: Mental Health and Disability (Disability) - Clinical Lecturer
  • 301: Child and Family Health Nursing (Community Health) - Coordinator , Lecturer
  • 302: Professional Nursing Practice (Clinical Practice Guidelines) - Assignment Coordinator
  • 732: Leading and Managing Changes in Healthcare - Lecturer

Postgraduate supervision

University of Auckland, School of Nursing:

  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) - Supervisor, Coordinator for ADHB
  • Masters - Supervisor
  • PhD - Supervisor

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional groups:

  • Research Impact Group, University of Auckland
    • Implement the School of Nursing Research and Impact Strategy and support research undertaken by staff in the School.
  • Valuing Nurses and Nursing Steering Group, University of Auckland
    • Plan and deliver Hui at the university marae
  • Valuing Nurses and Nursing Group, University of Auckland
    • Identify current research in the School of Nursing focused on the wellbeing of nurses; present own current research for discussion and critique; identify research funding opportunities; support writing of applications; provide  support for people writing articles.
  • CUSP Teaching and Learning Group, University of Auckland
    • Collaborative Undergraduate Scholarly Project: Highlight the impact of the undergraduate teaching team on the quality of education for Bachelor of Nursing students; raise 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 undergraduate teaching initiatives; have a social media presence (Web page or twitter); create a safe environment for scholarly creativity and development.
  • Bachelor of Nursing Curriculum Committee, University of Auckland
    • 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 Univeristy of Auckland graduate outcomes; to support formal processes for curriculum development and change.
  • New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Union member


  • Assessment Panellist: FDRF Project Grants
  • Facilitator: Quality and Safety workshop for Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacology, Opthamology
  • Assessor: Māori Health Intensive Week
  • Examiner: Master’s Theses
  • Manuscript reviewer: Journal of Advanced Nursing, International Journal of Nursing Studies and Western Journal of Nursing Research

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.
  • Balmer, D., King, A., Moloney, W., Moselen, E., & Dixon, R. (2020). Nursing students and health literacy: The effect of region and programme level. Nursing Education in Practice, 42.10.1016/j.nepr.2019.102688
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Deborah Balmer, Robyn Dixon
  • Moloney, W., Gorman, D., Parsons, M., & Cheung, G. (2018). How to keep registered nurses working in New Zealand even as economic conditions improve. Human resources for health, 16 (1)10.1186/s12960-018-0312-x
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matthew Parsons, Des Gorman, Wai Hung Gordon Cheung
  • Moloney, W., Boxall, P., Parsons, M., & Cheung, G. (2017). Factors predicting Registered Nurses' intentions to leave their organization and profession: A job demands-resources framework. JAN: Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74 (4), 864-875. 10.1111/jan.13497
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matthew Parsons, Peter Boxall, Wai Hung Gordon Cheung
  • Moloney, W. I., Boxall, P., Parsons, M., & Sheridan, N. (2017). Which factors influence New Zealand registered nurses to leave their profession?. New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations, 43 (1), 1-13.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42987
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Boxall, Matthew Parsons
  • Moloney, W. I. J. (2017). 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 The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matthew Parsons
  • Moloney, W. (2014). Helping build a stable workforce. Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, 20 (8), 3-4.

Contact details

Primary office location

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