About Dr Murray Fisher

Murray has been nursing since 1985 and most of his clinical experience is in adult intensive care and coronary care nursing. Murray has 17 years nursing education experience, holding positions within the hospital sector and the university sector. In 1991 he completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree with an intensive care major (UTS) and completed an Intensive Therapy Nursing Certificate at St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. He has since completed a Master of Health Personnel Education (UNSW) and a PhD (University of Sydney), for which his thesis was titled 'Masculinities and Men in Nursing: an exploratory study and life history study.' For the past twelve years, Murray has worked in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, where he has coordinated taught in units of study at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Murray has served a 2 year term as the Associate Dean (Academic) and currently holds the inaugural position of Director of Preregistration Programs. Over the past 10 years Murray has published 16 peer reviewed journal articles and given over thirty conference presentations on a variety of professional and nursing related topics. Areas of Expertise Murray has research interests in the social construction of gender and the impact on men's health; health outcomes of chronic illness; clinical nursing; and readiness for self-directed learning. Murray has expertise in scale development and multivariate analyses such as exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, multiple regression and SEM.

Student Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy

Kim, Ran Jung
ICU nurses’ attitudes and knowledge towards organ donation and transplantation in Korea.

Kelleher, Michaela
A clinical assessment framework to guide nephrology nurse clinicians in their practice: Development, validation, and application.

King, Jennie.
The development and evaluation of a hypoglycaemia action plan for adults with type 1 diabetes and their significant other. 

Haylen, Denise
Living with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis     

Al-Amer, Rasmieh
Prevalence and risk factors of depression among Jordanian adults with diabetes: a mixed methods study.

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) 

Dunn, Jo
Dying to be a man: Towards an understanding of the relationship between masculinity and male suicidal behaviour.  Recipient of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Honours Merit Scholarship
2008, 95 First Class Honours and University Medal 

Haylen, Denise
The lived experience of women with LAM: a life history project.
Recipient of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Honours Merit Scholarship

Current Research Projects
At present Murray is working on the following projects:
• Understanding the relationship of masculinity and male obesity.
• Sex differences in trauma presentation at a major tertiary trauma centre in NSW, Australia.
• The efficacy of a psychosocial educational package in improving outcomes for families with congenital 
   adrenal hyperplasia.
• Women's experiences and behaviour modification following an acute cardiac event

Selected publications


Books and Book Chapters
Newman S & Fisher M (2007) Working with Male Patients, in Flood M, Kegan Gardiner J, Pease R & Pringle K (eds), Routledge International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities, Routledge, New York and London 

Fisher M & Schneider Z (2007) Analysing data in quantitative research, in Schneider Z, Elliott D, LoBiondo-Wood G & Haber J (eds), Nursing Research: Methods, Critical Appraisal and Utilization, 3rd Edition, Mosby Elsevier, Sydney 


Fisher MJ & Marshall A, (In press) Understanding Descriptive Statistics. Australian Critical Care

Gallagher R, Marshall A, Fisher MJ, and Elliott D, (2008) On My Own; Experiences of Recovery from Acute Coronary Syndrome for Women Living Alone. Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care 37(6): 417 - 424 

King J, Mitchelhill I & Fisher MJ (2008) The development and psychometric properties of the Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Knowledge Assessment Questionnaire (CAHKAQ), Journal of Clinical Nursing 17(13): 1689-1696

Marshall AP, Fisher MJ, Brammer J, Eustance P, Grech C, Jones B, and Kelly M (2007) Assessing psychometric properties of scales: a case study. Journal of Advanced Nursing 59(4): 398-406

Kim JR, Fisher MJ & Elliott D (2006) Undergraduate Nursing Students' Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Organ Donation In Korea: Implications for Education, Nurse Education Today 26:465-474

Kim JR, Fisher MJ & Elliott D (2006) Knowledge levels of Korean Intensive Care Nurses Towards Brain Death and Organ Transplantation, Journal of Clinical Nursing 15:574-580

Kim JR, Fisher MJ & Elliott D (2006) Attitudes of Korean Intensive Care Nurses Towards Brain Death and Organ Transplantation: Instrument Development and Testing, Journal of Advanced Nursing 53(5):571-582

Marshall A & Fisher M (2005) Guest Editorial: Assessing clinical practice using the ACCCN Competency Standards: A valid tool? Australian Critical Care 18(4):136-137

Fisher M, Marshall A & Kendrick T (2005) Competency standards for critical care nurses: do they measure up? Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing 22(4):32-39

Fisher M, Brown L & King J (2002) The Impact of the Bachelor of Nursing Program on Students' Perceptions of Nursing, Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal 4(3):21-32

Fisher M, Camac C, Norris D & Hawkshaw B (2001) A Comparison of Medication Errors Between Two Storage Sites, Contemporary Nurse September, 11(1):55-59

Shea A, Fisher M & Turner C (2001) Lecture Note Taking Workshops For Students From Non-English Speaking Background: An Evaluative Study, Focus on Health Personnel Education 3(3):10-19

Fisher M, King J & Tague G (2001) The Development of a Self-Directed Learning Readiness Scale for Nurse Education, Nurse Education Today October 21(7):516-525

Fisher M & Parolin M (2000) The Reliability of Measuring Nursing Clinical Performance Using a Competency Based Assessment Tool: A Pilot Study, Collegian, July 7(3):21-27

Fisher M (1999) Determining Sex Role Characteristics of Males in Nursing, Contemporary Nurse September, 8(3): 65-71

Camac K, Fisher M, & Norris D (1996) Medication Errors - A Comparative Study of Storage Sites, The Australian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy April, 26(2): 701-704