School of Nursing

Human Health Building, Room 3027
433 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4452
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(248) 364-8733
M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. closed daily 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Meghan Harris, PhD, RN

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

Dr. Harris has clinical expertise in pediatric nursing while her research area has evolved from pediatric simulation in nursing education to patient safety and telehealth. Her recently funded research examined nurses' satisfaction with the barcode medication administration (BCMA) system, workarounds, satisfaction, patient safety culture, compliance and medication errors. Currently, Dr. Harris is working on efforts to fund and implement telehealth in both simulation and clinical practice for nurse practitioner students.



  • PhD in Nursing – Wayne State University
  • BSN – University of Michigan


Research Area Interests

  • Informatics
  • Patient Safety
  • Telehealth
  • Simulation



  • Refereed Publications
    • Harris, M. A. & Bauce, K. A. (2018). Using Text Reminder to Improve Childhood Immunization Adherence in the Philippines, Critique. In K. Bauce & J. J. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Nursing research critiques: A model for excellence. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
    • 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.


  • Refereed Presentations
    • 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) 36thAnnual 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) 35thAnnual 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.


Professional Affiliations

  • Midwestern Nursing Research Association
  • 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