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Working Papers in the Health Sciences

Dr Maureen Coombs


Maureen has over 30 years UK experience in critical care nursing encompassing clinical practice, education, service management and research roles. Her current role as Professor in Clinical Nursing (Critical Care) is a joint appointment between Victoria University Wellington and Capital and Coast District Health Board. As a Clinical Professor, Maureen provides strategic leadership to the clinical programmes at GSNMH whilst undertaking high quality clinical research to improve patient outcome and experience. She draws strongly on her clinical practice work to inform all aspects of her role.
Maureen’s clinical practice with long term chronically critically ill patients has directed her research programme on end of life care. Her work in this area is directed towards understanding the end of life trajectory in intensive care; how decisions at end of life are made; on the experiences of families at this time and how their needs can be met; and interventions to support decision making and family coping. She is an experienced qualitative researcher.
She has published and presented extensively on advanced assessment; management of critically ill patients within ward environments and critical care; end of life care; and clinical academic careers.
Maureen comes with an established international profile having worked with the Department of Health, England and undertaken lecturing and consultancy work in the UK, South Africa and Australasia. She has been past Chair of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses and recognised in the UK for her contribution to critical care nursing with the award of a Member of the British Empire in 2004.

Professor in Clinical Nursing (Critical Care)
Graduate School of Nursing Midwifery and Health
Victoria University and
Capital And Coast District Health Board
Wellington, New Zealand

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