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Shelley Spurr BSN, MBA, PhD Associate Professor

E4244 Health Sciences, Saskatoon


I am a tenured Associate professor at the College of Nursing. My education includes a BSN (1995), MBA from the Edwards School of Business (2001), and a PhD from the College of Education, Department of Education Administration (2009). I have over 25 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 in two areas: 1) the Promotion of Wellness in Children, Youth, and their Families (two foci-Preventing Prediabetes and T2D in Youth and their Families and Promoting Wellness in Families Who have a Child with a Life-Limiting or Life-Threatening Illness); and 2) Advancing Nursing Education Through the Integration of IPE and Promotion of Student Wellness.

One of my career highlights has been co-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 and consistently integrate IPE into the practicum. I also teach pediatric and family theory courses and supervise fourth year students in their final acute care practicums.

Research Interests

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


  • Mixed methods


Spurr, S., Bally., J., Mcharo, K., Hyslop & S (2021). Beyond “Watching the Sweets”: An Interpretive Description of Adolescent’s Understandings and Insights into Preventing Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, June(e12351): 1-7. doi: 10.1111/jspn.12351

Spurr, S., Walker, K., Squires, V. & Redl, N. (2021). Examining nursing students’ wellness and resilience: An exploratory study. Nurse Education in Practice, 51(February): 1-9. doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2021.102978

Bally, J. & Spurr, S. (2021). Education is Definitely Key”: An Interpretive Description of Nursing Students’ Experiences with Pediatric Oral Health Nursing Education. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, 7(2): 5-10.

Mcharo, K., Bally, J. & Spurr, S. (2021). Nursing Presence in Pediatric Oncology: A Scoping Review. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. doi: 10.1177/10434542211041939

Bally, J., Burles, M., Spurr, S., Holtslander, L., Hodgon-Vidin, H. & Zimmer, M. (2021). The Development and Evaluation of a Psychosocial Intervention for Parents of Infants, Children and Adolescents with Life- Limiting and Life-Threatening Illnesses. Children, 8(3): 218. doi.org/10.3390/children8030218

Spurr, S., Bullin, C., Bally, J. & Bomans, D. (2020). Undiagnosed prehypertension/Hypertension in Canadian    adolescents: The critical role of the public health nurse. Public Health Nursing, 00: 0-9.  doi: 10.1111/phn.12792

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Bullin, C., Allan, D., & McNair, E. (2020, January 23). The Prevalence of Undiagnosed Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes among Ethnic groups of Adolescents in Canada. BMC Pediatrics, 20(31), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-020-1924-6.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Hill, P., Gray, K., Newman, P., & Hutton, A. (2020, January). Exploring the Prevalence of Undiagnosed Prediabetes, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and Risk Factors in Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 50(January), 94-104.

Spurr, S., Bally, J., Allan, D., Bullin, C., & McNair, E. (2019, March 1). Prediabetes: An emerging public health concern in adolescents. Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, 2(e00060.), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1002/edm/2.60.

Smith, N., Bally, J., Holtslander, L., Peacock, S., Spurr, S., Hodgson-Viden, H., ... Zimmer, M. (2018, October 28). Supporting parental caregivers of children living with life threatening or life limiting illnesses: A delphi study. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 23(4), 1-13.

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. 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 Nursing20, 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 Nursing37(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 Nursing20(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 Practice14(3), 293-298.

Spurr, S., Berry, L., & Walker, K. (2013). The meanings older adolescents attach to spirituality. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing18(3), 221-232.

Spurr, S., Berry, L., & Walker, K. (2013). Exploring adolescent views of body image: The influence of media. Issues in Comprehensive PediatricNursing36(1-2), 1-20.


Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Spurr, S. Danford, C., Roberts, K., Smith, L., &, Hodges. & E. (April 2021 - March 2022). Fathers experience in families with a child with a chronic condition: A systematic review, 2500.0 (USD). International Family Nursing Association. 2500 (USD) to Spurr, Shelley.

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Spurr S (Co-principal Investigator), Risling T (Co-investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Hodgson-Viden H (Co-investigator), Sinha R (Co-investigator), Brusky J (Co-investigator), Burles M (Collaborator), Janvier S (Collaborator), Ogren J (Collaborator), Tisher J (Collaborator). Developing a Doorway to Accessible Supportive Care Resources for Parents of Seriously Ill Children: An Innovative Pediatric Palliative Care ePortal, Canadian Institute of Health Research: Planning and Dissemination Grant. Total: $10,000.00 for 2020-01 to 2021-01

Spurr S (Principal Investigator). Promoting a culture of wellness: An interdisciplinary investigation of resilience, well-being, and quality of life. Idea Incubator Award, College of Nursing.Total: $5,000.00 for 2019-02 to 2021-02

Bally J (Principal Investigator), Spurr S (Co-principal Investigator), Risling T (Co-investigator), Sinha R (Collaborator), Hodgson-Viden H (Collaborator). Arts-Based Research Methods with Families of Seriously Ill Children: A Pilot Study, CIHR Seed Funding, College of Nursing. Total: $10,000.00 for 2019-03-01 to 2020-02-28

Spurr S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-principal Investigator), McNair E (Co-investigator), Nour M (Collaborator). A Community-Based Health Promotion Approach to Developing an Intervention for Adolescents Living in Saskatoon Who are at Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, CIHR Seed Funding, College of Nursing. Total: $9,965.00 for 2018-03 to 2019-08

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