Shirley Wiggins, PhD, RN

Associate Professor


University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Lincoln Division
550 N 19th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0620

Phone: 402-472-7367



  • 1974, BSN, UNMC
  • 1978, MSN, UNMC
  • 2002, PhD, University of Colorado Health Sciences


Dr. Wiggins received her BSN degree and her MSN degree in Maternal Child Nursing from UNMC College of Nursing in Omaha, NE. She received her PhD. in Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Science Center, School of Nursing in Denver, CO. Her clinical background includes acute and ambulatory pediatric nursing and child and adolescent mental health nursing.


Research Interests

  • Pediatric pain and symptom management
  • Sleep actigraphy in a group of children and adolescents


Mott, S., Fogg, N., Foote, H., Hillier, M., Lewis, D.A., McDowell, B.M., Saunders, K., Taylor, J.T., Wiggins, S., Ivey, J.B., Benedetto, C.O., Beam, P.H., McKnight, K.B., Taha, A.A., Vann-Patterson, A. (2018). Society of pediatric nurses’ core competencies for the pediatric nurse. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 38, 142-144. https://doi.org110.1016/j.pedn.2017.11.006.

*Wiggins, S. & Kreikemeier, R. (2017). Bisphosphonate therapy and osteogenesis imperfecta: The lived experience of children and their mothers. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 22 (4), 1-7. https://doi.10.1111/jspn.121912

*Beedle, S.E., Phillips, A., Wiggins, S., & Struwe, L., (2017). Preventing unplanned perioperative hypothermia in children. Association of peri-Operating Room Nurses Journal, 105 (2). 170-183.

Wiggins, S. (2016). Charting the future of SPN: The strategic plan. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31 (4), 459-462. https://doi.10.1016/j.pedn.2016.04.006

Wiggins, S. (2015). Updates from the SPN president. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 30(2), 421-424.

*Wiggins, S.A. & Freeman, J.L. (2014). Understanding sleep during adolescence. Pediatric Nursing, 40 (2), 91-98.

*Wiggins, S.A. (2009). Family exemplars during implementation of a home pain management interventions. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 32 (4), 160-179. https://doi.10.3109/01460860903281341

Wiggins, S.A. (2008). Pain following tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy: What do we know about home pain management? Pediatric Pain Letter, 10(1), 1-6.

*Wiggins, S.A. & Foster, R.L. (2007). Pain following tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy: “Ouch it did hurt bad”. Pain Management Nursing, 8(4), 156-165. https//:doi.10.1016/j.pmn.2007.07.002


Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN)-Nominations Committee Chair 2016-2018.

President of the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) 2014-2016.

Nebraska Society of Pediatric Nurses-member.

Sigma Theta Tau- Gamma Pi Chapter-member.

Manuscript Reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, Journal of Pain Management, Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, & Pediatric Nursing.


Kathryn Sandahl Philp Award for creativity & innovation in teaching 2011.

Excellence in Nursing: Selected for the top 25 nurses by the March of Dimes Omaha, NE 2010.

Distinguished Teaching Award UNMC 1995.