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Shirley Harris 2020 Image

Senior Lecturer

BN (Chch Poly IT) MHealSc (Otago), Diploma in Ambulance Practice (Paramedic) RN NP


Shirley works part time as a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies. Her clinical background includes emergency, surgical, acute medical, primary health and palliative care nursing. Shirley's interests are in primary health and advanced nursing practice.

Shirley also has a clinical role as a Nurse Practitioner within a large integrative primary practice based in mid-Canterbury, and volunteers as a Paramedic with St John Ambulance Services.

Research Interests

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Self-management and long-term conditions
  • Shirley has been involved in developing the pilot study for the RCT "Life balance: A feasibility study" and developed the symptom management component of this project
  • Shirley is currently completing a PhD exploring the management of breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Teaching responsibilities

  • NURS 429 Therapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS 530 Nurse Practitioner Prescribing Practicum
  • NURS 434 Therapeutics: Knowledge and Integration

Supervision responsibilities

  • Master's students


Rees, S. N., Crowe, M., & Harris, S. (2020). The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities' mental health care needs and experiences of mental health services: An integrative review of qualitative studies. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12720

Tu'ulua, L., Jones, V., & Harris, S. (2019). Exploring the phenomenon of psychological insulin resistance in two Pacific Islands clients with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus who are New Zealand residents. In A. Finigan, P. Vakaoti, R. Richards & M. Schaaf (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XVI. (pp. 33). Dunedin, New Zealand: The Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. Retrieved from

Burrell, B., Jordan, J., Crowe, M., Wilkinson, A., Jones, V., Harris, S., & Gillon, D. (2019). Using intervention mapping to design a self-management programme for older people with chronic conditions. Nursing Inquiry, 26, e12265. doi: 10.1111/nin.12265

Burrell, B., Jordan, J., Crowe, M., Wilkinson, A., Williman, J., Jones, V., Harris, S., & Gillon, D. (2016). Life-balance self-management programme for community-based older adults living with chronic disease: A feasibility study. European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare, 4(3), 459-466. doi: 10.5750/ejpch.v4i3.1128

Crowe, M., Jordan, J., Burrell, B., Jones, V., Gillon, D., Harris, S., & Wilkinson, A. (2016). Clinical effectiveness of transdiagnostic health management interventions for older people with multimorbidity: A quantitative systematic review. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(10), 2315-2329. doi: 10.1111/jan.13011

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