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:

  • The role of Registered Nurses in primary health care and frameworks that support them to thrive
  • Nursing workforce development and management
  • The future of nursing within schools
  • Youth health

External research funding:

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

Internal research funding:

  • MOLONEY W. Doctoral Scholarship. University of Auckland. $70,000. 2013-2016

Teaching | Current

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

  • Undergraduate nursing curriculum
  • Course Co-ordinator Nursing 202: Mental Health and Disability (disability component)
  • Course Co-coordinator Nursing 704: Primary Health Care for Children and Young People

Postgraduate supervision

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

  • BNurs (Hons) Supervision


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


Lecturer, undergraduate nursing curriculum.

Coordinator, Nursing 202: Mental Health and Disability (disability component).

Cocoordinator, Nursing 704: Primary Health Care for Children and Young People.

Supervisor, BNurs(Hons) students.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2018 - Present: Thriving at Work Research Group, University of Auckland, Active Member.        

  • 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, Active Member.

  • 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


  • 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