Maureen Ahern


Maureen has many years experience as a registered nurse. She has worked in a variety of public hospitals as well as the University of Sydney and Mitchell College of Advanced Education. Maureen is a Lecturer in the Sydney Nursing School and Midwifery.

Maureen’s clinical background is in adult and paediatric cardiac nursing. She completed her general nursing certificate at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. She later completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Health Planning at the University of New South Wales. Maureen has published in the areas of pain management, functional status, and the educational needs of Indigenous and non-English speaking background students.

Areas of expertise

Maureen has research interests in pain, nursing practice, education and shift work.

Current research projects

At present Maureen is working on the following projects: “Work, shiftworking and the mid-life registered nurse: A problematic combination?”

Recent publications

Books and book chapters

Romanini J, Daly J, Elliott D & Ahern M et al. (1994) Cardiovascular problems, in Romanini J & Daly J (eds) Critical care nursing: Australian perspectives, WB Saunders, Sydney.


West S, Ahern M, Byrnes M & Kwanten L (2007) New graduate nurse adaptation to shift work: Can we help? Collegian 14(1) 23-30.

Omeri A, Malcolm P, Ahern M & Wellington B (2003) Meeting the challenges of cultural diversity in the academic setting. Nursing Education in Practice 3: 5–21.

Sloman R, Ahern M, Wright A & Brown L (2001) Nurses’ knowledge of pain in the elderly, Journal of Pain & Symptom Management 21 (4): 317–322.

Glynn G & Ahern M (2000) Determinants of critical care nurses’ pain management behaviour, Australian Critical Care 13 (4): 144–151.

Snow L, Walker M, Ahern M, O’Brien E & Saltman D (1999) Functional status and health service planning, Journal of Quality in Clinical Practice 19, 99–102.

Omeri A & Ahern M (1999) Utilising culturally congruent strategies to enhance recruitment and retention of Australian indigenous nursing students, Journal of Transcultural Nursing 10 (2): 150–155.

Snow L, O’Brien E, Saltman DC & Ahern M (1999) When should we measure functioning? A comparison of serial measurement of the MOS SF-36 in an Australian hospital sample with Australian norms, Australasian Journal of Aging 18 (1): 40–43.

Lawler J, Ahern M, Stanley A & West S (1997) Who wants to be a Nurse? The Sydney Nursing Research Centre, University of Sydney.



Maureen Ahern, Michelle Maw & Dr Murray Fisher (2007) Nursing Students Numeracy Skills: Assessment and Development, $35,000. This project was completed in April 2009

Maureen Ahern, Melinda Lewis & Associate Professor Sandra West (2008–9) The question is the answer! Facilitating critical thinking through higher-level questioning in the Bachelor of Nursing (Post-registration) $48,467


Maureen Ahern, Fran Everingham, Dr Gary Lee, Stuart Newman & Dr Kate O’Loughlin (2006) Carrick Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for a decade of provision of high quality, innovative and culturally appropriate offshore health professional education programs in Singapore, $10,000

Areas of teaching


Current Issues in Nursing Health, Illness and Care: International Perspectives

Graduate Entry Program

Nursing and the Politics of Health Care