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Shelley Spurr BSN, MBA, PhD Associate Professor

E4244 Health Sciences, Saskatoon


I am a Registered Nurse with a MBA and PhD from the College of Education, Department of Education Administration. I have over 20 years nursing experience working in a variety of settings including acute care, home care, and public health. I began my career in nursing education as a part-time pediatric clinical teacher in 1998. In 2005, I began working full time in a tenure track position with the College of Nursing.

My research is focused on the promotion of adolescent wellness and Interprofessional Education (IPE), and emphasizes specifically the provision of holistic care including promotion oral health, physical activity and healthy body weights. More recently my research program was expanded to include diabetes and the use of technology in the promotion of vision care. I am also working on some research that will investigate the possibility of using technology as a novel approach for convenient and more accessible oral health screening and referral for patients living in northern and remote communities.

One of my career highlights has been leading the development of a program titled "Caring For Kids Where They Live." This interprofessional pediatric clinical learning environment involves bringing together students from the colleges of Nursing, Dentistry, Medicine, and Kinesiology in order to build capacity and improve the standard of pediatric care. I continue to teach pediatric clinical in the school community setting.

Research Interests

  • Diabetes
  • Oral health
  • Healthy Body Weights
  • Physical Activity
  • Holistic Nursing care
  • Interprofessional Nursing Education
  • Technology


  • Mixed methods


Spurr, S., Bullin, C., Bally, J., Trinder, K., & Khan, S. (2018, January 12). Nurse-led diabetic retinopathy screening: A pilot study to evaluate a new approach to vision care for Canadian Aboriginal peoples. International Journal of Circumpolar Health.
Comment: DOI: 10.1080/22423982.2017.1422670

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Bullin, C., & Trinder, K. (2017, September 21). Type 2 diabetes in Canadian Aboriginal adolescents: Risk factors and prevalence. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 36, 111-117. 

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Hayes, A., Ogenchuk, M., & Trinder, K. (2017, April). Enhancing nursing students’ understanding of oral health: An educational intervention with an interprofessional component. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, 3(1), 1-15. 

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Trinder, K., & Williamson, L. (2016, December). A Multidimensional Investigation into the Predictors of Physical Activity in Canadian Adolescents. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 34(4), 390-401.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., & Trinder, K. (2016, May). Predictors of Physical Activity in Positive Deviant Adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31(3), 311-318.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., & Ogenchuk, M. (2015, March). Integrating Oral Health into Pediatric Nursing Practice: Caring For Kids Where They Live. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 20, 105-114.

Bally, J. M., Duggleby, W., Holtslander, L., Mpofu, C., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., & Wright, K. (2014, October). Keeping hope possible: A grounded theory study of parental caregivers who have children in treatment for cancer. Cancer Nursing, 37(5), 363-72.

Bally, J. M., Duggleby, W., Holtslander, L., Mpofu, C., Spurr, S., Thomas, R., & Wright, K. (2014, July). Understanding parental experiences through their narratives of restitution, chaos, and quest: Improving care for families experiencing childhood cancer. Journal of Family Nursing, 20(3), 287-312.

Ogenchuk, M., Spurr, S., & Bally, J. (2014, May 1). Caring for kids where they live: Interprofessional collaboration in teaching and learning in school settings. Nurse Education in Practice, 14(3), 293-298.

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

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


Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Hayes A (Principal Investigator), Spurr S (Co-investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator). Teledentistry in Northern Saskatchewan: Are we ready? Colgate Care Program. Total: $30,000.00 for 2017-02 to 2018-02

Spurr S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator), Butler L (Collaborator), Khan S (Collaborator). Caring For Kids Where They Live: Using Technology to Prevent Vision Loss in Northern Aboriginal Youth, 2015 Senior Clinical Research Grant Retina Foundation of Canada. Total: $20,000.00 for 2015-09 to 2016-12.

Spurr S (Co-principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-principal Investigator), Butler L (Co-investigator), Allyssa H (Co- investigator), Khan S (Collaborator), Tomtene M (Collaborator). Caring For Kids Where They Live: A Northern Interprofessional Education Program, 2015 Faculty Interprofessional eHealth Award, Canada Infoway. Total: $5,000.00 for 2015-03 to 2016-03

Bally J (Co-principal Investigator), Spurr S (Co-principal Investigator), Andrews ME (Co-investigator), Butler L (Co-investigator), Exner-Pirot H (Co-investigator), Hayes A (Co-investigator). Northern Innovative Teaching and Learning Practice in Pediatric Nursing Education: Caring For Kids Where They Live, Provost's Grant for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning. Total: $10,000.00 for 2013-11-01 to 2015-11-02

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 (Principal Investigator). Wellness Youth Nursing-Supports (WYNS), RBC Community Development Program: Faculty Community Development Award. Total: $50,000.00 for 2010-09-01 to 2013-09-01

Grants, Awarded (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

Spurr S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-principal Investigator). Caring for Kids Where They Live: Using Remote Presence to Improve Vision Care in Northern Aboriginal Youth, College of Nursing. Total: $7,000.00 for 2014-09 to 2015-08

Spurr S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co- investigator), Ogenchuk M (Co-investigator). Pediatric oral health: An essential component of nursing education, College of Nursing. Total: $5,000.00 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 2013-05-01 to 2013-08-30