Associate Professor Murray Fisher

RN, PhD Sydney MHPEd UNSW BHSc(Nursing) UTS DipAppSc(Nursing) CCES IT Cert, MRCNA
Associate Professor

M02A - 88 Mallett Street - Building A
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 0587
Fax +61 434 352 625

Website Contact details

Biographical details

Murray Fisher has been nursing since 1985 and most of his clinical experience is in adult intensive care and coronary care nursing. He 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 (Sydney), for which his thesis was titled 'Masculinities and Men in Nursing: an exploratory study and life history study'. For the past 12 years, he has worked in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery (Sydney NUrsihng School), where he has coordinated and taught in units of study at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Murray served a two-year term as the Associate Dean (Academic) and also held the inaugural position of Director of Pre-registration Programs.

Over the past 10 years I have published 16 peer-reviewed journal articles and given over 30 conference presentations on a variety of professional and nursing related topics.

Research interests

  • The social construction of gender and the impact on men's health
  • Health outcomes of chronic illness
  • Clinical nursing
  • Readiness for self-directed learning

Areas of expertise

Scale development and multivariate analyses such as exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, multiple regression and SEM

Teaching and supervision

Current research students

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Jennie King, 'The development and evaluation of a hypoglycaemia action plan for adults with type 1 diabetes and their significant other'.
  • Michaela Kelleher, 'Clinical assessment and the haemodialysis procedure'.
  • Jo Dunn, 'Suicidal masculinities: A Life History Project'. Recipient of a Vice-Chancellor's Research Scholarship. Primary Supervisor: Professor Ian Kerridge (VELiM)

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

  • Denise Haylen, The lived experience of women with LAM. Commenced: 2008

Completed research students

  • Jung-Ran (Theresa) Kim, 'ICU nurses' attitudes and knowledge towards organ donation and transplantation in Korea'. PhD awarded 2006.
  • Jo Dunn, Dying to be a man: Towards an understanding of the relationship between masculinity and male suicidal behaviour. Completed: 2008, 95 First Class Honours and University Medal

Areas of teaching

Murray teaches and coordinates units of study in the area of nursing research and research utilisation in nursing practice (NURS6008 and CLIN3002). He also teaches Masculinities and Men's Health in units of study such as NURS5001 Social Context of Health and ASSN3002 and NURS3002 Health Illness and Care.

Current 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
  • Men's experiences of nursing: a life history project

Keywords

Rehabilitation nursing; Men's health

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Remaking Masculinities After Spinal Cord Injury: Mapping Psychosocial Needs; Fisher M, Prior J, Lever S; Institute for Safety Compensation and Recovery Research/Development Grant.

2005

  • The development of a hypoglycaemia action plan for adults with type 1 diabetes and their significant other.; Elliott D, King J, Fisher M; Endocrine Nurses Society of Australia/Nursing Research Grant.
  • The life experiences and risk behaviour modification of women recovering from an acute cardiac event: A life history project; Fisher M, Elliott D, Marshall A; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

2003

  • Competency standards for critical care nurses: determining construct validity; Kendrick T, Fisher M, Marshall A; NSW Nurses Registration Board/Category 5 Scholarship.
  • Competency standards for critical care nurses: determining construct validity; Marshall A, Kendrick T, Fisher M; Australian College of Critical Care Nurses/Research Grant.
  • An exploration of the experience of men in nursing; Fisher M; Royal College of Nursing (RCNA)/Research Grant.

Selected publications

Download citations: PDF RTF Endnote

Book Chapters

  • Fisher, M., Schneider, Z. (2013). Analysing data in quantitative research. In Z Schneider, D Whitehead, G LoBiondo-Wood and J Haber (Eds.), Nursing and Midwifery Research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice, (pp. 237-262). Sydney: Mosby.
  • Schneider, Z., Fisher, M. (2013). Sampling data in quantitative research. In Z Schneider, D Whitehead, G LoBiondo-Wood and J Haber (Eds.), Nursing and Midwifery Research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice, (pp. 184-199). Sydney: Mosby.
  • Fisher, M., Chilko, N. (2012). Gender and Obesity. In Louise A. Baur, Stephen M. Twigg, Roger S.Magnusson (Eds.), A Modern Epidemic: Expert Perspectives on Obesity and Diabetes, (pp. 107-119). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Fisher, M., Schneider, Z. (2007). Analysing data in quantitative research. In Zevia Schneider, Dean Whitehead, Doug Elliott, Geri LoBiondo-Wood & Judith Haber (Eds.), Nursing & Midwifery Research: Methods and Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice, (pp. 226-247). Marrickville, NSW: Mosby Elsevier.

Journals

  • River, J., Fisher, M. (2014). Dying to be a man: Towards an understanding of the relationship between masculinity and male suicidal behaviour. Journal of Men's Health, 7(3), 285-285. [More Information]
  • Fisher, M. (2014). Explicating the Evidence for Rehabilitation Nursing Practice in Australia. Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association. Official Journal, 17(1), 4-5.
  • Fisher, M., Pryor, J., McKechnie, D. (2014). Falls in inpatient TBI rehabilitation. Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association. Official Journal, 17(1), 14-18.
  • Fisher, M., River, J. (2012). Men's health policy in Australia. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 46-47. [More Information]
  • Fisher, M. (2012). Nurse-led weight loss intervention for morbidly obese men. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 52-53. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, R., Curtis, K., Fisher, M. (2012). Understanding Trauma as a Men's Health Issue: Sex Differences in Traumatic Injury Presentations at a Level 1 Trauma Center in Australia. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 19(2), 80-88. [More Information]
  • Abraham, R., Fisher, M., Kamath, A., Izzati, T., Nabila, S., Atikah, N. (2011). Exploring first-year undergraduate medical students' self-directed learning readiness to physiology. Advances in Physiology Education, 35(4), 393-395. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H., Hardy, J., Fisher, M., Lewis, M., Kingston, J. (2011). Extending Experiential Learning: Showcasing a Nursing 'Clinical Home' Model. Synergy, (31), 19-23.
  • Fisher, M. (2011). Sex differences in gender characteristics of Australian nurses and male engineers: A comparative cross-sectional survey. Contemporary Nurse, 39(1), 36-50. [More Information]
  • Fisher, M., Marshall, A., Mitchell, M. (2011). Testing differences in proportions. Australian Critical Care, 24(2), 133-138. [More Information]
  • Gallagher, R., Marshall, A., Fisher, M. (2010). Symptoms and treatment-seeking responses in women experiencing acute coronary syndrome for the first time. Heart and Lung: the journal of acute and critical care, 39(6), 477-484. [More Information]
  • Fisher, M., King, J. (2010). The self-directed learning readiness scale for nursing education revisited: A confirmatory factor analysis. Nurse Education Today, 30(1), 44-48. [More Information]
  • Fisher, M. (2009). ''Being a Chameleon'': labour processes of male nurses performing bodywork. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(12), 2668-2677.
  • Haylen, D., Fisher, M., Lawler, J. (2009). Living with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): a literature review. Transplant Nurses Journal, 18(3), 20-25.
  • Fisher, M., Marshall, A. (2009). Understanding descriptive statistics. Australian Critical Care, 22, 93-97. [More Information]
  • King, J., Mitchelhill, I., Fisher, M. (2008). Development of the congenital adrenal hyperplasia knowledge assessment questionnaire (CAHKAQ). Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(13), 1689-1696.
  • Gallagher, R., Marshall, A., Fisher, M., Elliott, D. (2008). On my own: Experiences of recovery from acute coronary syndrome for women living alone. Heart and Lung: the journal of acute and critical care, 37(6), 417-424. [More Information]
  • Marshall, A., Fisher, M., Brammer, J., Eustace, P., Grech, C., Jones, B., Kelly, M. (2007). Assessing psychometric properties of scales: a case study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 59(4), 398-406. [More Information]
  • Kim, J., Fisher, M., Elliott, D. (2006). Attitudes of intensive care nurses towards brain death and organ transplantation: instrument developing and testing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 53(5), 571-582.
  • Kim, J., Fisher, M., Elliott, D. (2006). Knowledge levels of Korean intensive care nurses towards brain death and organ transplantation. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15(5), 574-580.
  • Kim, J., Fisher, M., Elliott, D. (2006). Undergraduate nursing students' knowledge and attitudes towards organ donation in Korea: Implications for education. Nurse Education Today, 26(6), 465-474.
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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., Brown, L., King, J. (2002). Perceptions and expectations of nursing: Changes in first year nursing student attitudes. Focus on Health Professional Education: a multi-disciplinary journal, 4(3), 21-32.
  • Fisher, M., Hawkshaw, B., Norris, D., Camac, K. (2001). A comparison of medication errors between two storage sites. Contemporary Nurse, 11(1), 55-59.
  • Fisher, M., King, J., Tague, G. (2001). Development of a self-directed learning readiness scale for nursing education. Nurse Education Today, 21, 516-525.
  • Shea, A., Fisher, M., Turner, C. (2001). Lecture note taking workshops for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. An evaluative study. Focus on Health Professional Education: a multi-disciplinary journal, 3, 10-19.

Conferences

  • Fisher, M., River, J. (2013). Men's Health Policy: moving beyond implicit understandings. 3rd International Public Health Nursing Conference: The Public Health Nursing Contribution to Primary Health Care, Galway, Ireland.
  • River, J., Fisher, M. (2010). Dying to be a Man: Towards an Understanding of the Relationship between Masculinity and Male Suicidal Behaviour. 1st Global Conference - Suicide - A Makings Sense of: Project 2010, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Fisher, M., Marshall, A., Gallagher, R., Elliott, D., Waite, M. (2006). Protest Femininity and Women's Experiences of Recovery from an Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Life History Project. Heart Foundation Conference and Scientific Meeting, Not published: Not Published.
  • King, J., White, K., Fisher, M. (2006). The experience and impact of severe hypoglycaemia for adults with type 1 diabetes and their significant other: Data collection stage. University of Sydney College of Health Sciences Health Research Conference 2006: From Cell to Society 5.
  • Fisher, M. (2002). A sociology of men in nursing: a gender relations approach. 28th Meeting of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing: Is Diversity Nursing''s Future?, Nashville, Tennessee: American Assembly for Men in Nursing.
  • Brown, L., Fisher, M., King, J. (2002). Changes in first year nursing student perceptions and expectations of nursing. 10th National Nurse Education Conference, Townsville, QLD: Australian Nurse Teachers'' Society.
  • Fisher, M., Connell, R. (2002). Masculinities and men in nursing. College of Health Sciences Research Conference: From Cell to Society 3, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • King, J., Brown, L., Fisher, M. (2002). The impact of the Bachelor of Nursing Program on students? perceptions of nursing. College of Health Sciences Research Conference: From Cell to Society 3, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • King, J., Fisher, M. (2002). The use of postal surveys as a tool for diabetes research. Australian Diabetes Society and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide: Ads/Adea.
  • Fisher, M., Wall, M. (2001). 'The singer or the song' The reliability of the clinical performance indicator: A competency based assessment tool. Stories from the Field 2, : World Scientific Publishing.
  • Fisher, M., King, J. (2001). Survey response rate: When is enough, enough? Stories from the Field 2 Conference, : Ads & Adea.

Reference Works

  • Newman, S., Fisher, M. (2007). Working with male patients. In Michael Flood, Judith Kegan Gardiner, Bob Pease, Keith Pringle (Eds.), International encyclopedia of men and masculinities. (pp. 643-644). Oxon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Other

  • Fisher, M., Hawley, R. (2002), Defining men's health: the gender relations approach.

2014

  • River, J., Fisher, M. (2014). Dying to be a man: Towards an understanding of the relationship between masculinity and male suicidal behaviour. Journal of Men's Health, 7(3), 285-285. [More Information]
  • Fisher, M. (2014). Explicating the Evidence for Rehabilitation Nursing Practice in Australia. Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association. Official Journal, 17(1), 4-5.
  • Fisher, M., Pryor, J., McKechnie, D. (2014). Falls in inpatient TBI rehabilitation. Australasian Rehabilitation Nurses Association. Official Journal, 17(1), 14-18.

2013

  • Fisher, M., Schneider, Z. (2013). Analysing data in quantitative research. In Z Schneider, D Whitehead, G LoBiondo-Wood and J Haber (Eds.), Nursing and Midwifery Research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice, (pp. 237-262). Sydney: Mosby.
  • Fisher, M., River, J. (2013). Men's Health Policy: moving beyond implicit understandings. 3rd International Public Health Nursing Conference: The Public Health Nursing Contribution to Primary Health Care, Galway, Ireland.
  • Schneider, Z., Fisher, M. (2013). Sampling data in quantitative research. In Z Schneider, D Whitehead, G LoBiondo-Wood and J Haber (Eds.), Nursing and Midwifery Research: methods and appraisal for evidence-based practice, (pp. 184-199). Sydney: Mosby.

2012

  • Fisher, M., Chilko, N. (2012). Gender and Obesity. In Louise A. Baur, Stephen M. Twigg, Roger S.Magnusson (Eds.), A Modern Epidemic: Expert Perspectives on Obesity and Diabetes, (pp. 107-119). Sydney, Australia: Sydney University Press.
  • Fisher, M., River, J. (2012). Men's health policy in Australia. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 46-47. [More Information]
  • Fisher, M. (2012). Nurse-led weight loss intervention for morbidly obese men. Australian Nursing Journal, 20(5), 52-53. [More Information]
  • Mitchell, R., Curtis, K., Fisher, M. (2012). Understanding Trauma as a Men's Health Issue: Sex Differences in Traumatic Injury Presentations at a Level 1 Trauma Center in Australia. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 19(2), 80-88. [More Information]

2011

  • Abraham, R., Fisher, M., Kamath, A., Izzati, T., Nabila, S., Atikah, N. (2011). Exploring first-year undergraduate medical students' self-directed learning readiness to physiology. Advances in Physiology Education, 35(4), 393-395. [More Information]
  • McKenzie, H., Hardy, J., Fisher, M., Lewis, M., Kingston, J. (2011). Extending Experiential Learning: Showcasing a Nursing 'Clinical Home' Model. Synergy, (31), 19-23.
  • Fisher, M. (2011). Sex differences in gender characteristics of Australian nurses and male engineers: A comparative cross-sectional survey. Contemporary Nurse, 39(1), 36-50. [More Information]
  • Fisher, M., Marshall, A., Mitchell, M. (2011). Testing differences in proportions. Australian Critical Care, 24(2), 133-138. [More Information]

2010

  • River, J., Fisher, M. (2010). Dying to be a Man: Towards an Understanding of the Relationship between Masculinity and Male Suicidal Behaviour. 1st Global Conference - Suicide - A Makings Sense of: Project 2010, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Gallagher, R., Marshall, A., Fisher, M. (2010). Symptoms and treatment-seeking responses in women experiencing acute coronary syndrome for the first time. Heart and Lung: the journal of acute and critical care, 39(6), 477-484. [More Information]
  • Fisher, M., King, J. (2010). The self-directed learning readiness scale for nursing education revisited: A confirmatory factor analysis. Nurse Education Today, 30(1), 44-48. [More Information]

2009

  • Fisher, M. (2009). ''Being a Chameleon'': labour processes of male nurses performing bodywork. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(12), 2668-2677.
  • Haylen, D., Fisher, M., Lawler, J. (2009). Living with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM): a literature review. Transplant Nurses Journal, 18(3), 20-25.
  • Fisher, M., Marshall, A. (2009). Understanding descriptive statistics. Australian Critical Care, 22, 93-97. [More Information]

2008

  • King, J., Mitchelhill, I., Fisher, M. (2008). Development of the congenital adrenal hyperplasia knowledge assessment questionnaire (CAHKAQ). Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(13), 1689-1696.
  • Gallagher, R., Marshall, A., Fisher, M., Elliott, D. (2008). On my own: Experiences of recovery from acute coronary syndrome for women living alone. Heart and Lung: the journal of acute and critical care, 37(6), 417-424. [More Information]

2007

  • Fisher, M., Schneider, Z. (2007). Analysing data in quantitative research. In Zevia Schneider, Dean Whitehead, Doug Elliott, Geri LoBiondo-Wood & Judith Haber (Eds.), Nursing & Midwifery Research: Methods and Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice, (pp. 226-247). Marrickville, NSW: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Marshall, A., Fisher, M., Brammer, J., Eustace, P., Grech, C., Jones, B., Kelly, M. (2007). Assessing psychometric properties of scales: a case study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 59(4), 398-406. [More Information]
  • Newman, S., Fisher, M. (2007). Working with male patients. In Michael Flood, Judith Kegan Gardiner, Bob Pease, Keith Pringle (Eds.), International encyclopedia of men and masculinities. (pp. 643-644). Oxon: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2006

  • Kim, J., Fisher, M., Elliott, D. (2006). Attitudes of intensive care nurses towards brain death and organ transplantation: instrument developing and testing. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 53(5), 571-582.
  • Kim, J., Fisher, M., Elliott, D. (2006). Knowledge levels of Korean intensive care nurses towards brain death and organ transplantation. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 15(5), 574-580.
  • Fisher, M., Marshall, A., Gallagher, R., Elliott, D., Waite, M. (2006). Protest Femininity and Women's Experiences of Recovery from an Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Life History Project. Heart Foundation Conference and Scientific Meeting, Not published: Not Published.
  • King, J., White, K., Fisher, M. (2006). The experience and impact of severe hypoglycaemia for adults with type 1 diabetes and their significant other: Data collection stage. University of Sydney College of Health Sciences Health Research Conference 2006: From Cell to Society 5.
  • Kim, J., Fisher, M., Elliott, D. (2006). Undergraduate nursing students' knowledge and attitudes towards organ donation in Korea: Implications for education. Nurse Education Today, 26(6), 465-474.

2005

  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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.

2002

  • Fisher, M. (2002). A sociology of men in nursing: a gender relations approach. 28th Meeting of the American Assembly for Men in Nursing: Is Diversity Nursing''s Future?, Nashville, Tennessee: American Assembly for Men in Nursing.
  • Brown, L., Fisher, M., King, J. (2002). Changes in first year nursing student perceptions and expectations of nursing. 10th National Nurse Education Conference, Townsville, QLD: Australian Nurse Teachers'' Society.
  • Fisher, M., Hawley, R. (2002), Defining men's health: the gender relations approach.
  • Fisher, M., Connell, R. (2002). Masculinities and men in nursing. College of Health Sciences Research Conference: From Cell to Society 3, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • Fisher, M., Brown, L., King, J. (2002). Perceptions and expectations of nursing: Changes in first year nursing student attitudes. Focus on Health Professional Education: a multi-disciplinary journal, 4(3), 21-32.
  • King, J., Brown, L., Fisher, M. (2002). The impact of the Bachelor of Nursing Program on students? perceptions of nursing. College of Health Sciences Research Conference: From Cell to Society 3, Sydney: University of Sydney.
  • King, J., Fisher, M. (2002). The use of postal surveys as a tool for diabetes research. Australian Diabetes Society and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Adelaide: Ads/Adea.

2001

  • Fisher, M., Wall, M. (2001). 'The singer or the song' The reliability of the clinical performance indicator: A competency based assessment tool. Stories from the Field 2, : World Scientific Publishing.
  • Fisher, M., Hawkshaw, B., Norris, D., Camac, K. (2001). A comparison of medication errors between two storage sites. Contemporary Nurse, 11(1), 55-59.
  • Fisher, M., King, J., Tague, G. (2001). Development of a self-directed learning readiness scale for nursing education. Nurse Education Today, 21, 516-525.
  • Shea, A., Fisher, M., Turner, C. (2001). Lecture note taking workshops for students from non-English speaking backgrounds. An evaluative study. Focus on Health Professional Education: a multi-disciplinary journal, 3, 10-19.
  • Fisher, M., King, J. (2001). Survey response rate: When is enough, enough? Stories from the Field 2 Conference, : Ads & Adea.

For support on your academic profile contact .