WellStar School of Nursing

Tommie Nelms, RN, Ph.D.

Director, WellStar School of Nursing

Coordinator of the DNS Program

HS 3033

phone: 470-578-2088

email: tnelms1@kennesaw.edu



Academic Degrees




Curriculum and Instruction

Georgia State University


  MSN Nursing Education Medical College of GA 1975
  BSN   Medical College of GA 1974
  Diploma   St. Joseph’s Infirmary 1968



Professional Experience




Professor, WellStar School of Nursing, Kennesaw State University



Coordinator, Doctor of Nursing Science Program,
Kennesaw State U.



Associate Professor and Coordinator PhD program,
Texas Woman’s U.



Assistant Professor School of Nursing, Georgia State University



Recent Professional Activities



Publications in Professional Journals


Nelms, T. & Eggenberger, S. (2010). The essence of the family critical experience and nurse-family meetings. Journal of Family Nursing, 16(4), 462-489.


Grassley, J. & Nelms, T. (2009). Tales of resistance and other emancipatory functions of storytelling. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(11), 2447-2453.


Zeigler, V. & Nelms, T. (2009). Almost normal: Experience of adolescents with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 14(2), 142-151.


Grassley, J. & Nelms, T. (2008). The breastfeeding conversation: A philosophical exploration of support. Advances in Nursing Science 31(4), E55-E66.


Nelms, T. & Zeigler, V. (2008). A study to develop a disclosure to children intervention for HIV-infected women. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 19(6), 461-469.


Grassley, J. & Nelms, T. (2008). Understanding maternal breastfeeding confidence: A Gadamerian hermeneutic analysis of women’s stories. Health Care for Women International, 29(8), 841-862.


Eggenberger, S. & Nelms, T. (2007). Family interviews as a method for family research. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 58(3), 282-292.

Eggenberger, S. & Nelms, T. (2007). Being family: the family experience when an adult member is hospitalized with a critical illness. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 16(9), 1618-1628.


Refereed Chapters in Books:


Nelms. T. (in press). Theories of mothering and HIV-infected mothers. In M. de Chesnay and B. Anderson, Caring for the Vulnerable Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research, 3rd Ed. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett. 


Current and recent research projects


A Study to Reduce Medication Administration Errors Using Watson’s Caring Theory, T. Nelms, J. Jones, and L Treiber.


An Investigation of Caring and Gender, T. Nelms, KSU Gender and Women’s Studies Group Funds, $250, 2010.

A Study to Develop a Disclosure to Children Intervention for HIV Infected Women with Dependent Children, T. Nelms, Texas Woman’s University Research Enhancement Program, $6,000, 2004-2006.



Professional Interests



  • Qualitative Research Methods, Phenomenology, Heideggerian Hermeneutics
  • Mothering and Gender, Mothering with HIV
  • Feminist theory, Caring theory
  • Nursing Education, Curriculum theory