Maureen A Boughton

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As a result of advances in anaesthesia and surgical procedures, increasing numbers of patients in Australia are being discharged 'early' into the home environment with residual care requirements. As many of these patients have undergone surgery that in the past would have required a period of hospitalisation and care from qualified staff lasting several(More)
This descriptive, retrospective study sought to identify the nature and magnitude of chemotherapy outpatients’ unplanned presentations and admissions to the emergency department and/or cancer centre at a large metropolitan tertiary hospital, and to explore the antecedents to those presentations. Retrospective data were collected for outpatients who made an(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study to explore the way in which Registered Nurses relate to and interact with each other in the workplace, and to identify factors that influence nurses' interactions with each other. BACKGROUND Intraprofessional relations are an important topic both for nurses and nursing as we face the ongoing challenges of nurse(More)
The present paper reports on a qualitative research project designed to expose the presently unrecognised minutiae of community nurses' work with cancer patients at home, and to identify the ways in which these, combined to form comprehensive care episodes, contribute to physical and psychosocial well-being. The project was conducted in two locations in New(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to develop and test the psychometric properties of the Nursing Workplace Relational Environment Scale (NWRES). BACKGROUND A positive relational environment in the workplace is characterised by a sense of connectedness and belonging, support and cooperation among colleagues, open communication and effectively(More)
Exploring the concept of uncertain fertility, reproduction and motherhood after cancer in young adult women The topics of uncertainty in illness and infertility--as separate entities--are well covered and critiqued in the literature. Conversely, no research has been identified that specifically relates to the uncertain fertility, reproduction and motherhood(More)
We explored the experiences of uncertain fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood in 12 young women treated for hematological malignancy during their reproductive years. It is demonstrated how, through interpretations of the women's own words, these women lived and coped with a sense of "otherness" in relation to their peers. The concept of otherness is(More)
This article describes the experience of chemotherapy-induced alopecia. Data resulted from an ongoing study, which sought to explore the experience of Australian women with a primary diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Phenomenological analysis of written accounts or interviews with 15 Australian women resulted in 13 of these 15 women giving priority to describing(More)
The authors explored the experience of premature menopause by analyzing 1350 posted messages by 98 women, with unique usernames, to an online discussion board over a 90 day period between December 2005 and March 2006. Four particularly problematic aspects emerged that related to the following themes: legitimizing the symptoms, the impact of diagnosis(More)
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal form of gynaecological cancer. It can be difficult to diagnose, with the majority of diagnoses made at a late stage of disease. An integrative literature review was conducted to explore the ovarian cancer diagnostic journey of women and to examine the potential contribution of using a person-centred approach. Factors(More)