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Dr McGaughey's programme of research focuses on the recognition and management of patient deterioration in acute hospital wards. Her primary area of interest is the effectiveness of Rapid Response Systems(RRS). Funded research has focused on the impact of early warning systems and critical care education on the success of RRS interventions and family perceptions of deterioration and escalation of care.

Her methodological expertise includes systematic reviews, realist reviews, scoping reviews; realist evaluation involving qualitative methods (interviews); documentary analysis (charts, audits) and surveys (national and international).

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Dr McGaughey is open to PhD applications in the fields of:

  • Management of acute deterioration

  • Critical care education

  • Family and patient involvement in escalation of care

  • Development of online educational resources

  • Feasibility testing of protocols/ interventions to improve sleep, dysphasia and delirium in ICU

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School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Jennifer McGaughey

Dr McGaughey is a Senior Lecturer (Education) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.










  • Associate Lecturer, UK Cochrane Centre
  • All Ireland Cochrane trainer and Cochrane Training Working group member
  • External Examiner, MSc Intensive Care Nursing, RCSI Bahrain
  • Membership secretary / Acting secretary, British Association of Critical Care Nurses NI
  • Committee member, Critical Care Nurse Education Review Form (CC3N)
  • Member, Critical Care Doctoral European Nurses (CC-DEN) group
  • Teaching award, Sustained Excellence, QUB 2015
  • Teaching Innovation award, School of Nursing & Midwifery, QUB 2014
  • Member, Steering Committee for NIHR Health Services and Delivery research project 12/178/17 PUMA -
    Paediatric early warning system (PEWS): Utilisation and Mortality Avoidance (2015-)
  • Associate member, Critical Care Translational Research Group
  • Scientific Committee member, European federation of Critical Care Nurses association (EfCCNa) (2014 -)
  • Member, PHA Managing Patient Deterioration working group to review education and training for
    postregistraion nurses (2016)
  • Member, DHSSPSNI Steering group to develop guidelines on the use of physiological Early Warning
    Systems in Northern Ireland (CREST 2007)



Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery











Research students

PhD Title: Family perceptions of acute deterioration and escalation of care.

Name: Aidin McKinney
Years of Study: 2018-2021
Country: Northern Ireland

PhD Title: Exploring attendance at Emergency Departments for children with minor illness in Turkey

Name: Ahmet Butun
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: Turkey

DNP Title: Advanced practice education in unscheduled care

Name: Sibongi Sabanda
Years of Study: 2014-2018
Country: Zimbabwe

MSc Title: Facilitators and barriers to cervical collar protocols in ED

Name: Chris Finnegan
Years of Study: 2017-2018
Country: Northern Ireland

MSc Title: Impact of leadership role on morale and retention of nursing staff

Name: Fiona McGrattan
Years of Study: 2017-2018
Country: Northern Ireland

Alumni: where are they now?

Laura Creighton

MSc Title: Critical care outreach end of life decision making: systematic review

Years of Study: 2016-2017
Country: Northern Ireland

Carla Bleeks 

MSc Title: Relocation Stress experienced by family members of neurosurgical patients following transfer from ICU to the ward: a systematic review

Years of Study: 2015-2016
Country: Northern Ireland

Oonagh Kerlin

MSc Title: Implementation of the SBAR tool to improve communication between nurses and doctors: a critical review of the literature

Years of Study: 2014-2015
Country: Northern Ireland

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