Jamie L. Shirley, PhD, RN, Teaching Professor

After completing her doctoral program in nursing at the University of Washington, Dr. Jamie Shirley has taught on all three of the UW campuses. In addition to her primary appointment as a Teaching Professor at UWB, she has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities in the UW School of Medicine. Dr. Shirley co-designed and continues to teach the Certificate in Guardianship program offered by UW Professional and Continuing Education that is required for all professional court-appointed guardians in the State of Washington. In addition to her academic work, she is Chief of the Ethics Consultation Service at UW Medical Center–Northwest and a clinical ethics consultant at the UWMC-Montlake.


Dr. Shirley’s scholarly interests are in health care ethics and policy. In particular, her work addresses concepts of autonomy and dependency in contemporary society. Using a relational and feminist lens, Dr. Shirley explores the tensions of affording patients the greatest breadth of autonomy, while also affirming and normalizing the varying states of dependency in which we all find ourselves. Some of the most vexing questions in health care practice and policy are related to decisions about when to decide for or with others—and when to allow them to decide for themselves.


University of Washington
Seattle, WA

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Family and Child Nursing

University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing Science

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

  • Master of Science of Nursing, Adult Health and Illness-Oncology
  • Bachelor of Science of Nursing

Stanford University
Stanford, CA

  • Bachelor of Arts, Program in Values, Technology, Science and Society


Email: jamiegs@uw.edu

Courses Taught

  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Clinical Practice
  • Relational Leadership
  • Representations of Health Policy and Ethics in Film
  • Healthcare Reform: Hope and Hard Realities
  • Basics of Scholarly Writing