College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Shelley Spurr
Assistant Professor

Office: E4244 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
Phone: (306) 966-8663
Fax: (306) 966-6621
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  • Research Interests
    • Adolescent health
    • Wellness
    • Holistic
    • Body image
    • Media
  • Methodology
    • Mixed methods

Shelley Spurr RN MBA PhD is an Assistant Professor with the University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing. Dr Spurr  has an enduring interest in the promotion of wellness in children, youth and families. Dr. Spurr developed “The Caring for Kids Where They Live Program” that is an interprofessional pediatric clinical learning environment within the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School System. It brings together students from the colleges of Nursing, Dentistry and Kinesiology in order to build capacity in pediatric care. She led the development of a community program called Wellness Youth Nursing-Supports (WYNS) that focuses on the promotion of health and wellness in the high school setting. Dr. Spurr is engaged in research regarding the promotion of wellness in schools, student perceptions of healthy bodies, peer and parental relationships and the influence of media on adolescent self-concept.


Bally, J.M., Duggleby W., Holtslander, L., Mpofu, C., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., Wright, K. (2014). Parental narratives of their caregiving experiences with their children who are in treatment for cancer: Restitution, chaos, and quest. Journal of Family Nursing. (DOI information: 10.1016/j.nepr.2013.11.003).

Ogenchuk, M., Bally, J., & Spurr, S. (2013). Caring for kids where they live: Interprofessional collaboration in teaching and learning in school settings. Nurse Education in Practice, In Press.

Spurr, S., Berry, L. & Walker, K.D. (2013). The meaning adolescents attach to spirituality. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 18(3), 221-232.

Spurr, S., Berry, L. & Walker, K.D. (2013). Exploring adolescent views of body image: The influence of media. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 36(1–2): 1–20.

Bally, J.M., Duggleby W., Holtslander, L., Mpofu, C., Spurr, S., Thomas, R. & Wright, K. (2013). Keeping hope possible: A grounded theory study of parental caregivers who have children in treatment for cancer. Cancer Nursing, (DOI:10.1097/NCC.0b013e3182a453aa).

Spurr, S., Bally, J.M., Ogenchuk, M., Walker, K.D. (2012). A framework for exploring adolescent wellness. Pediatric Nursing, November-December 38(6), 320-326.

Spurr, S., Bally, J.M., Ogenchuk, M., Peternelj-Taylor, C. (2011). A wellness framework for pediatric nursing clinical practice. Holistic Nursing Practice, 25(6), 298-308.

Spurr, S., Bally, J.M., Ferguson, L. (2010). A framework for clinical teaching: A passion-centered philosophy. Nursing Education in Practice, 10(6), 349-354.


Spurr, S. (Co- Principal Investigator),  Bally, J. (Co-Principal investigator). Provost's Grant for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning. Northern Innovative Teaching and Learning Practice in Pediatric Nursing Education: Caring For Kids Where They Live. Total: $10,000 for  2013 to 2014.

Ferguson L (Principal Investigator), Berry L (Co-investigator), Fowler-Kerry S (Co-investigator), Kent-Wilkinson A (Co-investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Besse C (Co-investigator), Hewson K (Co-investigator), Bowen A (Co-investigator). Enhancing the student learning experience through lecture capture, U of S Summer Student Employment Program (USTEP) University of Saskatchewan. Total: $4,000.00 for 2013 to 2014.

Spurr, S. (Principal Investigator), Ogenchuk, M. (Co-investigator), Bally, J. (Co-investigator). Pediatric oral health: An essential component of nursing education, College of Nursing. Total: $5,000.00 for 2013 to 2014.

Bally, J. (Principal Investigator), Holtslander, L. (Co-principal Investigator), Duggleby, W. (Co-investigator), Spurr, S. (Co-investigator), Mpofu, C. (Co-investigator), Thomas-Maclean, R. (Co-investigator), Wright, K. (Co-investigator). The Hope Experience of Parental Caregivers of Children Undergoing Cancer Treatment, CANO/ACIO (Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association Canadienne des Infirmiries en Oncologie). Total: $5,000.00 for 2011 to 2013.

Spurr, S.  (2010).  Wellness Youth Nursing-Supports (WYNS), RBC Community Development Program: Faculty Community Development Award, $50,000.

Linda Ferguson, L., Berry, L., Fowler-Kerry, S., Wall, P., Kent-Wilkinson, A., Spurr, S. Besse, C., Hewson,K., Evans, R., Bowen, A. (2010). Enhancing the student learning experience through lecture capture. WRCASN Education Research Award ($5,000).