Shirley Harris


Shirley Harris’s current research involves:

Shirley’s research interests are related to her clinical practice and focus on self-management for people with long-term conditions. In particular her interest is on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and how people manage their symptoms. Her Masters research examined the management and experiences of patients with COPD whilst on long-term oxygen therapy. She 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 interested in exploring innovative interventions to improve symptom management in COPD and has commenced a PhD exploring breathlessness management incorporating mindfulness.

Teaching Responsibilities​

Shirley has worked as a senior lecturer for over five years for the centre for postgraduate nursing studies (Otago University, Christchurch). Her main areas of expertise are nurse prescribing including designated prescribing and preparation for the nurse practitioner role.


Shirley convenes NURS429 Therapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice and NURS430 Advanced Nursing Practicum and contributes to NURS405 Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice.

Thesis Supervision

Shirley has supervised numerous dissertation and thesis students and served as a marker for several masters projects.

Other Responsibilities

Shirley has a clinical role within a large integrated primary practice at Three Rivers Health in Ashburton. She volunteers as a Paramedic with St John Ambulance Services. She possesses a broad clinical background including emergency, surgical, acute medical, primary health and palliative care. Her interests are in primary health (with an emphasis on chronic condition management) and advanced nursing practice and in April 2014 Shirley gained Nurse Practitioner status.



Burrell, B., Jordan, J., Crowe, M., Wilkinson, A., Williman, J., Jones, V., Harris, S., & Gillon, D. (2018). Using intervention mapping to design a self-management programme for older people with chronic conditions. Nursing inquiry, 1-12, Doi: 10.1111/ /nin.12265

Richardson, S., & Harris, S. (2018). Managing the bariatric patient in the ED setting.  Emergency Nurse New Zealand (November) 9-15.

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 Centred Healthcare, 4(3), 459-466. Doi:10.5750/eipch.vi3.1128  

Crowe, M., Jordan, J., Burrell, B., Jones, V., Gillon, D., & Harris, S. (2016). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for long term physical conditions. A systematic review. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 50(3), 21-32. Doi:10.1177/0004867415607984

Crowe, M., Jordan, J., Burrell, B., Jones, V., Gillon, D., & Harris, S. (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

Harris S. (2012). The experiences and monitoring of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease whilst utilising long-term oxygen therapy. Unpublished Masters Thesis, Otago University, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Harris. S (2012) Monitoring of people with COPD whilst utilising Long Term Oxygen Therapy.

Airways, 3-4. New Zealand Nurses Organisation. Respiratory Section newsletter


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