Campus Directory: Jean Harrowing

University of Lethbridge

Jean Harrowing
Associate Professor
Health Sci - Nursing Program
Office: M3119 (Markin Hall)
Phone: (403) 394-3944
Fax: (403) 329-2668


BSc (Biological Sciences); Graduate Nurse Diploma; Master of Nursing; PhD (Nursing)


Qualitative research, HIV/AIDS, Moral distress, Global health research, Maternal child health, Health promotion, Hospice care, Cultural safety

Research Areas

Nursing education, Ugandan nurses, HIV/AIDS, Policy development, Cultural safety, Global health, Critical ethnography, Capacity building

Office Hours

by appointment. 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Selected Publications

Publications, Peer-Reviewed:
2014. Mill, J., Davison, C., Richter, S., Etowa, J., Edwards, N., Kahwa, E., Walusimbi, M., & Harrowing, J. Qualitative research in an international research program: Maintaining momentum while building capacity in nurses. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 13, 151-169. Available from:

2013. Mill, J., Harrowing, J., Rae, T., Richter, S., Minnie, K., Mbalinda, S., & Hepburn-Brown, C. Stigma in AIDS nursing care in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Qualitative Health Research, 23(8), 1066-1078. doi: 10.1177/1049732313494019

2012. Harrowing, J.N., Gregory, D., O'Sullivan, P.S., Lee, B., & Doolittle, L. A critical analysis of undergraduate students' cultural immersion experiences. International Nursing Review, 59(4), 494-501. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2012.01012.x

2011. Brooks, K., Gregory, D., & Harrowing, J. Students and policy: Perspectives of school nutrition and physical activity environments [Abstract]. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 72(3), e181. doi:10.3148/72.3.2011.e169

2011. Harrowing, J.N. Compassion practice by Ugandan nurses who provide HIV care. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 16(1). doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol16No01Man05

2010. Gregory, d., Harrowing, J.N., Lee, B., Doolittle, L., & O'Sullivan, P. Pedagogy as influencing nursing students' essentialized understanding of culture. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 7(1). doi: 10.2202/1548-923X.2025

2010. Harrowing, J.N., Mill, J., Spiers, J., Kulig, J., & Kipp, W. Critical ethnography, cultural safety, and international nursing research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 9(3), 240-251. Available from:

2010. Harrowing, J.N., & Mill, J. Moral distress among Ugandan nurses providing HIV care: A critical ethnography. International Journal of Nursing Studies 47, 723-731. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2009.11.010

2010. Harrowing, J.N., Mill, J., Spiers, J., Kulig, J., & Kipp, W. Culture, context, and community: Ethical considerations for global nursing research. International Nursing Review, 57, 70-77. doi:10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00766.x

2009. Harrowing, J.N. The impact of HIV education on the lives of Ugandan nurses and nurse-midwives. Advances in Nursing Science, 32(2), E94-108. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181a3d754

2008. Mill, J.E., Lambert, D.T., Larkin, K., Ward, K., & Harrowing, J.N. Challenging lifestyles: Aboriginal men and women living with HIV. Pimatisiwin, 5(2), 151-173.

2007. Groft, J.N., & Robinson Vollman, A. Seeking serenity: Living with HIV/AIDS in rural western Canada. Rural and Remote Health, 7, 677 (online). Available from:

2007. Richter, M.S., Groft, J.N., & Prinsloo, L. Ethical issues surrounding studies with vulnerable populations: A case study of South African street children. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 19(2), 117-126.

2006. Groft, J.N. "Everything depends on good nursing": The 1918-1919 Spanish influenza epidemic in Alberta. The Canadian Nurse, 102(3), 18-22 / Infirmière canadienne, 7(3), 14-18.

2005. Groft, J.N., & Grant Kalischuk, R. Nursing students learn about complementary and alternative health care practices. Complementary Health Practice Review, 10(2), 133-146.

2005. Groft, J.N., Hagen, B., Miller, N.K., Cooper, N., & Brown, S. Adolescent health: A rural community's approach. Rural and Remote Health, 5, 366 (online). Available from:

Publications, Non-Peer-Reviewed:
2009. Harrowing, J.N. The impact of HIV education on the lives of nurses and nurse-midwives in Uganda. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta.

2009. Atkinson, U., Grundy, Q., Harrowing, J. N., Hepburn-Brown, C., Mill, J. E., Minnie, K., Owino, J, Rae, T. & Richter, M. S. Gathering speed and taking flight (Abstract). The Caribbean Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 4, 34.

2007. Mill, J., Austin, W., Chaw-Kant, J., Dumont-Smith, C., Edwards, N., Groft, J., Houston, S., Jackson, R., Leonard, L., MacLean, L., & Reintjes, F. The influence of stigma on access to health services by persons with HIV illness. Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta.

1998. Groft, J. Seeking serenity: Living with HIV/AIDS in rural Alberta. Unpublished Master's thesis. Calgary, Alberta: University of Calgary.

1997. Wilde, I., & Groft, J. Expanding the boundaries of resiliency: An annotated bibliography. Lethbridge, Alberta: Regional Centre for Health Promotion and Community Studies, University of Lethbridge.

Invited Articles:
2012. Gregory, d., & Harrowing, J. (2012). Indigenous people's health and health-care equity: Seven years later. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 44(2), 15-18.

2011. Harrowing, J.N. Compassion practice by Ugandan nurses who provide HIV care. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 16(1), Manuscript 5. doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol16No01Man05

2005. Groft, J. Book Review. Neighborhoods and Health (Eds. I. Kawachi & L.F. Berkman). Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 37(1), 186-187.

Book Chapter:
2014. Harrowing, J.N., & Bray, J.L. Creating comfort and managing pain. In D. Gregory, C. Raymond-Seniuk, L. Patrick, & T. Stephen (Eds.), Fundamentals: Perspective on the art and science of Canadian nursing. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

2010. Harrowing, J., Mill, J., & Birse, E. Management of patients with HIV infection and AIDS. In R. Day, P. Paul, & B. Williams (Eds.), 2nd Canadian ed. of S.C. Smeltzer & B.G. Bare (Eds.), Brunner & Suddarth's textbook of medical-surgical nursing. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Research Interests

Global health; health promotion; policy development; cultural safety; HIV/AIDS; maternal child health; moral distress; capacity building; critical qualitative research methodology; harm reduction

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Art for social change: An integrated research program in teaching, evaluation, and capacity-building. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2013-2018.

J. Marcuse, Simon Fraser U. L. Doolittle, D. Neumark, R. Van Fossen, L. Fels, S. Butterwick, M. LeBaron, A. Yassi, A. Flynn, K. Boydell, & J. Harrowing
Awareness and Understanding of Cultural Safety Among a Group of University Students Lethbridge, AB; Malawi University of Lethbridge Research Fund, 2009-2011.

J. Harrowing, U of Lethbridge D. Gregory, B. Lee, L. Doolittle, U of Lethbridge
Complex social change: Teaching, performing, exhibiting, designing, mapping. Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund, 2013-2014.

J. Mills, University of Lethbridge L. Doolittle, B. MacKay, T. Muller Myrdahl, E. Luce, & J. Harrowing
Culture, pedagogy, & practice: Establishing evidence for best practices in health care professions. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2011-2012.

J. Harrowing, U of Lethbridge d. Gregory, S. Ferzacca, B. Hall, V. Holmes, D. Martin, D. Smith, V. Smye, C. Varcoe.
Strengthening Nurses' Capacity for HIV Policy Development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Barbados, Jamaica Global Health Research Initiative, International Development Research Centre, 2007-12.

N. Edwards, U of Ottawa J. Mill, MS Richter, W. Kipp, U of Alberta; M. Walusimbi, Mulago hospital (Uganda); J. Harrowing, U of Lethbridge; F. Legault, U of Ottawa; C. Hepburn-Brown, U of West Indies
The Impact of Education on Ugandan Nurses and Nurse-Midwives Uganda Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2005-08.

J. Harrowing, U of Alberta (doctoral dissertation) J. Mill, U of Alberta (Supervisor)

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