Associate Professor Maureen Boughton

Honorary Associate Professor
RN RM, PhD Sydney BEd(Nursing) UNE DipNursEd ADCHN Cumb M’CraftCert, FRCNA MACMI (NSW)


Maureen a registered nurse and midwife who has been engaged in nurse education since the mid-1970s – firstly in clinical midwifery settings and later within the tertiary sector. She has been an academic at the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery for more than 20 years and has provided leadership in a number of portfolios. These include: Associate Dean (Postgraduate); Head of Department for Family and Community Nursing for two years; Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) for three years; and Pro Dean for three years. From 2009 to 2012 Maureen was Director for International Programs for Sydney Nursing School.

Research interests

In 1997 Maureen was awarded a PhD for her thesis titled Premature Menopause: A Phenomenological and Feminist Study of Women’s Experiences. Her research interests are broadly in the area of illness experience and women’s health. Presently Maureen is interested in the impact of cancer treatments on fertility and how this contributes to the experience for young people, particularly young women. She has been supervising PhD work in this area and also working with a team of researchers exploring the care of cancer patients in the community. This initial work was conducted over several years and involved generalist community nurses in the Sydney metropolitan area and a rural area.

Maureen received the 2006 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Student Supervision, an award that recognises the contributions of individuals to outstanding research supervision. She has supervised students to successful completion in BN (Honours), Master of Nursing (Research) and PhD degree awards. All the research projects have involved qualitative methodological approaches, in particular Phenomenology and Grounded Theory. Two of Maureen’s BN (Honours) students have been recipients of University medals, awarded for their excellent academic work. These were the first University medals to be awarded from the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.

Areas of expertise

Maureen’s research interests are in illness experience, with a special interest in aspects around life after cancer, menopause – particularly premature menopause – and women's health (including midwifery). She is recognised for her expertise in qualitative methodologies and particularly for research in the area of menopause.

Maureen is also interested in improving the learning experience for students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD). She was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the students’ learning experience.

Research projects

Maureen has been involved in continuing work on a retrospective study of chemotherapy outpatients’ unplanned visits to the emergency department (ED) and the Cancer Care Centre at RPA Hospital. Other research is being developed in the area of fertility following haematological cancer and issues around menopause with young women in this situation.

Publications

Books and book chapters

Boughton MA (1997). Embodied self, human biology, and human experience, in Lawler J (ed.), The Body in Nursing: A Collection of Views, Churchill Livingstone, Melbourne.

Journals (Refereed) 2007–2009

Boughton M, Halliday L & Brown L (May 2009 submitted). Evaluating a program of support for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) graduate entry Master of Nursing students, Nurse Education in Practice.

Halliday L & Boughton M (submitted September 2009). An exploration of the concept of uncertain (in)fertility and motherhood after haematological cancer in young adult women, Oncology Nursing Forum.

Boughton M & Halliday L (2009). Home Alone: patients’ and carers’ uncertainty surrounding the experience of being discharged with continuing clinical care needs, Contemporary Nurse, 33(1), 30-40.

West SH, Boughton M & Byrnes M (2009). Juggling multiple temporalities: The shift work story of midlife nurses, Journal of Nursing Management, 17, 110-119.

Halliday L & Boughton M (2009). Premature menopause: exploring the experience through on-line communications, Nursing and Health Sciences, 11(1), 17-22.

Boughton M & Halliday L (2008). A challenge to the menopause stereotype: young women’s reflections of ‘being diagnosed’ as menopausal, Journal of Health and Social Care in the Community, 16(6), 565-572.

Duddle M & Boughton MA (2008). Development and psychometric testing of the Nursing Workplace Relational Environment Scale (NWRES), Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18(6), 902-909.

Halliday L & Boughton M (2008). The moderating effect of death experience on death anxiety: implications for nursing education, Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 10(2), March/April.

McKenzie H, Boughton M, Hayes L, & Forsyth S (2008). Explaining the Complexities and value of Nursing Practice and Knowledge. In Morley I and Crouch M (eds), Knowledge as Value Illumination through Critical Prisms, Rodopi, New York, pp209-224.

McKenzie H, Boughton M, Hayes L, & Forsyth S (2007). Struggling to articulate the value of its knowledge base: The crisis in contemporary nursing. In Morley I (ed.), The Value of Knowledge E-Book, Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, United Kingdom.

McKenzie H, Boughton M, Hayes L, Forsyth S, McVey P, Davies M & Underwood E (2007). A sense of security for cancer patients at home: the role of community nurses, Journal of Health and Social Care in the Community, 15(4): 352-359.

Duddle M & Boughton MA (2007) Intraprofessional relations in nursing: Early findings from an Australian study, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 58(5): 1–9.

Other articles/papers and television appearances relevant to menopause research area

1997 Invited for personal appearance on the Midday Show for segment on Premature Menopause

1998 Invited for Personal appearance SBS television program to discuss findings from PhD work on premature menopause

Information from PhD work cited in popular literature (magazines) New Woman and Cosmopolitan

Cited in the Medical Observer with reference to menopause research

Refereed full-length conference papers

Boughton MA (1995). Body and Biology: Out of Synchrony, Proceedings of the Health and Wellbeing in a Diverse Society International Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth, December 11–13, Vol. 2: 373-381.

Invited research roundtable session

Boughton MA (2006). Rigour in Qualitative Research: The value and meaning of ‘member checking’, 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference Advances in Qualitative Methods, Surfers Paradise, 13–16 July.

Conference presentations 2006–2009

Halliday L and Boughton M (2008) The lived experience of ‘uncertain motherhood’ after haematological malignancy in young adulthood, From Cell to Society, Faculties of Health Research Conference, Leura, NSW

Boughton M, Brown L, Lawler J and Halliday L (2007) The culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) student population in the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery: identification of related issues and strategies to enhance the student learning experience. 4th EdHealth Conference: Shaping the Future, Faculties of Health, University of Sydney, Australia

Brown L, Boughton M, Lawler J and Halliday L (2007). Developing a tailored program of support for students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. 4th EdHealth Conference: Shaping the Future, Faculties of Health, University of Sydney, Australia

West S, Boughton M & Byrnes M (2007) Gaining control through part time work: Shift work & the mid-life registered nurse, 2nd Recruitment & Retention in the Health Workforce, Queensland Health, Gold Coast, Australia

West S, Brown L Boughton M & Lawler J (2007) Graduate Entry Nursing: Student learning styles & expectations, 4th EdHealth Conference: Shaping the Future, Faculties of Health, University of Sydney, Australia

West S & Boughton M (2007) Experiencing the life: mid-life women and shift work, 18th International Symposium on Shiftwork & Working Time, Scientific Committee on Night & Shiftwork of the International Commission on Occupational Health & the Working Time Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lawler J, West S, Boughton M & Bown L (2007) Graduate entry nursing: The Sydney cohort study after one year and early data on the second intake, Royal College of Nursing, Australia Annual Conference Sydney, Australia

Boughton M & West S (2007) Shift work, Menopause and the mid-life nurse, Paper presented at the International Council of Nurses Conference: Nurses at the forefront dealing with the unexpected, Yokohama, Japan, 27 May–1 June

West S & Boughton M (2007) Shift work & the mid-life nurse: A story of juggling multiple temporalities, Paper presented at the International Council of Nurses Conference: Nurses at the forefront dealing with the unexpected, Yokohama, Japan, 27 May–1 June

McKenzie H, Boughton M, Hayes L & Forsyth S (2007) Struggling to articulate the value of its knowledge base: the crisis in contemporary nursing, Paper presented at the 1st Global Conference: The Value of Knowledge, Sydney, 12–14 February

West SH, Boughton MA & Byrnes MI (2006) Shift work and multiple temporalities: life as a juggler! Mini-poster presented at the University of Sydney College of Health Sciences Health Research Conference 2006: From Cell to Society 5, Leura, 9–10 November

McKenzie, HM, Boughton MA, Hayes LJ & Forsyth SM (2006) Making a difference: community nurses and cancer care, Mini-poster presented at the University of Sydney College of Health Sciences Health Research Conference 2006: From Cell to Society 5, Leura, 9–10 November

Lawler J, Boughton M & Patching J (2006) Best practice in clinical qualitative research: towards a draft proposal, Mini-poster presented at the University of Sydney College of Health Sciences Health Research Conference 2006: From Cell to Society 5, Leura, 9–10 November

Cheung J & Boughton MA (2006) An exploration of the social dimensions of chronic pain experiences in an arthritis population: a grounded theory approach, Mini-poster presented at the University of Sydney College of Health Sciences Health Research Conference 2006: From Cell to Society, 5, Leura, 9–10 November

Bouvet EM & Boughton MA (2006) Living With A Donor Kidney, Mini-poster presented at the University of Sydney College of Health Sciences Health Research Conference 2006: From Cell to Society 5, Leura, 9–10 November
Lawler J, West S, Boughton MA, Brown L, Neyle D & Glaw X (2006) Graduate Entry Nursing in Australia: Early insights into the first cohort at the University of Sydney in 2006, their demographics and motivation to study nursing, RCNA annual conference, Cairns

Duddle M & Boughton MA (2006) Intraprofessional Relations in Nursing RCNA annual conference proceedings, Cairns

West S, Lawler J, Brown L, Boughton M, Neyle, D & Glaw X (2006) Graduate entry nursing at the University of Sydney: Student learning styles & expectations, Paper presented at the 12th National Australian Nurse Teachers’ Society Conference: Capital Issues in Education, Canberra, 13–16 September

McKenzie H, Boughton M, Hayes L & Forsyth S (2006) Rendering the invisible visible in the nurse patient relationship in community cancer care, Paper presented at the 9th CNSA Winter Congress, Adelaide, 14–15 July

McKenzie H, Boughton M, Hayes L & Forsyth S (2006) Making connections between nursing practice and health care reform: a new research model, Paper presented at the 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference: Advances in Qualitative Methods, Gold Coast, 13–15 July

Lawler J, Boughton M, Patching J, White K, Travers M & Ryan M (2006) Qualitative research with clinical populations: towards an articulation of the field and methodological matters, Paper presented at the 7th International Interdisciplinary Conference: Advances in Qualitative Methods, Gold Coast, 13–15 July

West S, Boughton M & Byrnes M (2006) Experiencing shift work as a mid-life RN: Insights and understandings, Paper presented at the Royal College of Nursing, Australia Annual Conference, Cairns, 12–14 September

Lawler J, West S, Brown L, Boughton M, Neyle D & Glaw X (2006) Graduate entry nursing in Australia: early insights into the first cohort at the University of Sydney in 2006, their demographics and motivation to study nursing, Paper presented at the Royal College of Nursing, Australia Annual Conference, Cairns, 12–14 September

Awards and grants

2009

Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation award for outstanding contributions to student learning (for continued work with students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds)

2006

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research Student Supervision, The University of Sydney award.

McKenzie H, Kwok C, Boughton M, Hayes L, Forsyth S & Moreau E ‘Exploring the relationship between community nurses and Chinese cancer patients in Sydney’. University of Sydney, Faculty of Nursing, Development Grant, $49,905

2005

West S & Boughton MA ‘The shift work experiences of mid-life female nurses: Insights & understandings.’ University of Sydney Faculty of Nursing Seeding Grant, $45,000

2004

McKenzie H, Boughton M, Hayes L & Forsyth S ‘The effects of nursing practice on community cancer care: a pilot study of patient and nurse perceptions’. University of Sydney, Faculty of Nursing, Seeding Grant, $9564

McKenzie H, Boughton M, Forsyth S & Hayes L ‘The effects of nursing practice on personal experiences of cancer care in rural and remote settings: an exploratory study of patient and nurse perceptions’. University of Sydney Cancer Research Fund, $47,930

Teaching philosophy

Maureen’s teaching philosophy is based on adult learning principles. She believes that teaching using research evidence is important, and frequently use examples of her own research and that of her research students to highlight aspects of her teaching. The pedagogy underpinning Maureen’s teaching approach is participatory learning. This approach encourages students to be active learners and it fits with the view that learning is a lifelong experience.