School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-4253
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.


Margaret "Meghan" Harris, PhD, RN

Margaret "Meghan" Harris, PhD, RN

Associate Professor 
Graduate Program Director
3003 Human Health Building
(248) 364-8762  

Dr. Harris received her BSN from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her PhD in nursing from Wayne State University. Her clinical area of expertise is pediatric nursing while her research area has evolved from pediatric simulation in nursing education to healthcare informatics and patient safety. At this time, she is looking specifically at nurses’ satisfaction with the barcode medication administration (BCMA) system and its relationship to nurse workarounds, compliance and medication errors for which she is finishing pilot study data collection. Consistent with these areas of expertise, Dr. Harris has taught undergraduate pediatric nursing, graduate research and nursing theory. She   currently teaches undergraduate and doctoral level informatics, as well as graduate statistics.  



BSN, University of Michigan, 1987

PhD, Wayne State University, 2004

Technology applications (simulation) for education practice and research


Patient Safety
Bar Code Medication Administration

Research Methods
Nursing Theory
Pediatric Nursing


Midwestern Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau International
Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning
National League for Nursing 


Harris, M. A. (2016). Nurse Workarounds. In J. J. Fitzpatrick & G. McCarthy (Eds.), Nursing concept analysis: Application to research and practice. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Harris, M. A. (2015). Simulation: Interprofessional. In M. J. Smith, R. Carpenter, & J. J. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Encyclopedia of nursing education (337-340). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Harris, M. A. (2015). Simulation: Patient Safety. In M. J. Smith, R. Carpenter, & J. J. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Encyclopedia of nursing education (342-345). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Harris, M., Pittiglio, L., Newton, S. & Moore, G. (2014). Using Simulation to Improve Medication Administration Skills of Undergraduate Nursing Students. Nursing Education Perspectives36(1):26-29. doi: 10.5480/11-552.1

Fenske, C., Harris, M., Aebersold, M. & Hartman, L. (2013). Perception versus reality: a comparative study of the clinical judgment skills of nurses during a simulated activity. Journal of continuing education in nursing. 44(9):399-405. doi: 10.3928/00220124-20130701-67

Newton, S. E., Harris, M. & Pittiglio, L. (2013). Constructivist philosophy and nursing student medication calculations. Research & Theory for Nursing Practice. 27(2):88-94. doi:

Jaquith, B. & Harris, M. & Penprase. (2013). Cardiovascular disease risk in children and adolescents. Journal of Pediatric Nursing. 28(3):258-266. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2012.11.003

Penprase, B, Harris, M. & Qu, H. (2013). Academic success: Which factors contribute significantly to the pass/fail odds of NCLEX success for students? Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. 3(7):1-8. doi: 10.5430/jnep.v3n7p1

Penprase, B. & Harris, M. (2013). Accelerated second degree nursing students: Predictors of graduation and NCLEX-RN first-time pass rates. Nurse Educator. 38(1):26-29. doi: 1.01097/NNE.0b013e318276df16

Harris, M. & Pittiglio, L.  (2012). Simulation Clinical Competencies: High Stakes Evaluation of Performance.Abstract accepted for publication in the NLN Technology Conference Proceedings.


Pittiglio, L., & Harris, M. (2012). VI-MED Simulation and Training System. Abstract submitted for presentation at The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 3rd Annual Serious Games and Virtual Environment Showcase and Arcade, Orlando, Florida.

Harris, M. & Penprase, B. (2012). Factors in an ASDN Program that Contribute to Success on the RN-NCLEX,Abstract accepted for a Poster Discussion Session at Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) 36th Annual Research Conference, Detroit, MI

Harris, M. & Pittiglio, L. (2012). Medication Error Surveillance of Undergraduate Nursing Students in the Clinical Setting, Abstract accepted for Poster Presentation at Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) 36thAnnual Research Conference, Detroit, MI

Newton, S., Harris, M., Pittiglio, L., & Moore, G. (2011). Simulation technology, medication calculation, and theory development. Guaranteed Symposium at Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) 35th Annual Research Conference, Columbus, OH.

Harris, M. & Pittiglio, L. (2010, June). Developing simulation to bolster student competency with medication administration. Poster presented at the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Harris, M., Pittiglio, L., Newton, S., & Moore, G. (2010, May). Medication administration exam: Simulation as a new tool. Poster presented at the Fourth Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning: Student Engagement at Oakland University, Rochester, MI.