College Lecturer
Nursing and Midwifery
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex
University College Cork,
Cork, Ireland

T: +353 21 490 1458
F: +353 21 490 1493
E: mairin.omahony@ucc.ie

I am a college lecturer with a clinical background in perioperative nursing practice.  My teaching interests include: professional issues, perioperative nursing, teaching and learning, breast care, nursing science and nursing research. I am involved in the supervision of students undertaking Masters and Doctoral  research. 

Research Interests

My research interests are around the area of women's breast symptom discovery and their associated help seeking behaviour. I am currently undertaking a Cochrane systematic review on interventions to promote breast awareness for women.

Studies completed to date are:  

  • PhD study (Dec 2011) titled "Women's help seeking behaviour and the associated influencing factors on self-discovery of a breast symptom" in the School of Nursing & Midwifery at University College Cork, under the supervision of Professor Josephine Hegarty. 
  • Study entitled "Factors influencing women in seeking help from a Health Care Professional on self-discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context" (2006- 2007). This study was funded by The Martha McMenamin Memorial Scholarship.
  • MSc dissertation (February, 2000)  entitled "Women's lived experience of breast biopsy: A phenomenological study.

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2016)'Help Seeking behaviour for breast Cancer symptoms'
Fitzpatrick, J & McCarthy G (eds) (2016) 'Help Seeking behaviour for breast Cancer symptoms' In: Nursing Concept Analysis: Applications to Research and Practice. New York: Springer. [Details]
(2014)'The Judgment to Delay Model'
Fitzpatrick, J. & McCarthy, G.(eds) (2014) 'The Judgment to Delay Model' In: Theories Guiding Nursing Research and Practice: Making Nursing Knowledge Development Explicit. New York: Springer Publishing. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'Interventions for raising breast cancer awareness in women (Protocol)'
O’Mahony M, Comber H, Fitzgerald T, Corrigan M, Fitzgerald E, Grunfeld EA, Flynn MG, Hegarty J. (2014) 'Interventions for raising breast cancer awareness in women (Protocol)'. Cochrane Database Systematic Reviews, (12) [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Shedding light on women's help seeking behaviour for self discovered breast symptoms'
O'Mahony M, McCarthy G, Corcoran P, Hegarty J (2013) 'Shedding light on women's help seeking behaviour for self discovered breast symptoms'. European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society, [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Factors influencing women in seeking help from a health care professional on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context'
O'Mahony, M,Hegarty, J; (2009) 'Factors influencing women in seeking help from a health care professional on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 :2020-2029 [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'McCarthy, B. O’Mahony, M. (2006). Nursing in the perioperative environment: challenges and opportunities for perioperative nurses in an Irish context'
McCarthy, B. O’Mahony, M. (2006) 'McCarthy, B. O’Mahony, M. (2006). Nursing in the perioperative environment: challenges and opportunities for perioperative nurses in an Irish context'. Journal of Advanced Perioperative Care, 2 (4):153-160 [Details]
(2001)'Women's lived experience of breast biopsy: a phenomenological study'
O'Mahony, M; (2001) 'Women's lived experience of breast biopsy: a phenomenological study'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 10 :512-520 [Details]
(2011)'Women's help seeking behaviour for self discovered breast cancer symptoms'
O'Mahony M, Hegarty J, McCarthy G; (2011) 'Women's help seeking behaviour for self discovered breast cancer symptoms'. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 15 (5):410-418 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Help seeking for cancer symptoms: a review of the literature'
O'Mahony M, Hegarty J; (2009) 'Help seeking for cancer symptoms: a review of the literature'. Oncology Nursing Forum, 36 (4):1-84 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Factors influencing women in seeking help from a health care professional on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context'
O'Mahony M, Hegarty J; (2009) 'Factors influencing women in seeking help from a health care professional on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 (14):2020-2029 [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'Nursing in the Perioperative environment: challenges and opportunities for perioperative nurses in an Irish context'
McCarthy, B. and O¿Mahony, M; (2006) 'Nursing in the Perioperative environment: challenges and opportunities for perioperative nurses in an Irish context'. Journal of Advanced Perioperative Care, 2 (4):153-160 [Details]
(2006)'Nursing in the perioperative environment: challenges and opportunities for perioperative nurses in an Irish context'
McCarthy, B., O’Mahony, M.; (2006) 'Nursing in the perioperative environment: challenges and opportunities for perioperative nurses in an Irish context'. Journal of Advanced Perioperative Care, 2 (4):153-160 [Details]
(2001)'Women's lived experience of breast biopsy: A phenomenological study'
O¿ Mahony, M; (2001) 'Women's lived experience of breast biopsy: A phenomenological study'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 10 (4):512-520 [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2012)12th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference
Mitten E., O’Mahony, M. Hartigan, I. (2012) Nurses’ knowledge and perceptions of neurology and neurological nursing 12th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference , 09-NOV-12 [Details]

Abstract

YearPublication
(2014)A qualitative content analysis of breast cancer narratives hosted through the medium of social media.
Foley, NM,O'Mahony, M,Lehane, EA,Cil, T,Corrigan, MA (2014) A qualitative content analysis of breast cancer narratives hosted through the medium of social media. Abstract [Details]

Articles

YearPublication
(2009)Women¿s Response to Self Discovered breast symptoms.
O¿ Mahony, M. and Hegarty, J. ; (2009) Women¿s Response to Self Discovered breast symptoms. Articles [Details]

Conference Paper

YearPublication
(2008)Not the time to wait.
O¿ Mahony, M. and Hegarty, J; (2008) Not the time to wait. Conference Paper [Details]

Generic

YearPublication
(2008)Not the time to wait. World of Irish Nursing.
O' Mahony M and Hegarty J; (2008) Not the time to wait. World of Irish Nursing. Generic [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2010Best Oncology / Cancer Care Presentation St Luke's Institute of Cancer Research
2007PhD Research Fellowship Catherine McAuley School of Nursing & Midwifery
2008PhD Research Fellowship Catherine McAuley School of Nursing & Midwifery
2006Award of grant of 2250 euro to pursue study entitled ¿The factors influencing women in seeking help from a Health Care Professional (HCP) on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context ¿ The Martha McMenamin Memorial Scholarship
2002Third Prize RCN

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation; National Operating Theatre Nurses Section Member/
Irish Breast Care Nurses Association Member/
Irish Psycho Oncology Group Member/

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2010)Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 29th Nursing & Midwifery International Research Conference,
O'Mahony, M. ; (2010) Oral presentation of paper titled: Women's help seeking behaviour for self discovered breast cancer symptoms: Findings from phase one of a two phased study. [Oral Presentation], Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 29th Nursing & Midwifery International Research Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 24-FEB-10 - 26-FEB-10. [Details]
(2008)9th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science, (EDCNS) Help seeking for cancer symptoms: a review of the literature, EDCNS,
O¿Mahony, M; (2008) . [Oral Presentation], 9th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science, (EDCNS) Help seeking for cancer symptoms: a review of the literature, EDCNS, Maastrict , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2007)Irish Nurses¿ Organization Operating Department Nurses Section Annual Conference,
O¿Mahony, M; (2007) ¿Advances in Perioperative Care¿, Development of clinical competencies for a post graduate diploma in perioperative nursing. [Poster Presentation], Irish Nurses¿ Organization Operating Department Nurses Section Annual Conference, Kilkenny , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07. [Details]
(2007)8th EDCNS Conference Factors influencing women in seeking help from a Health Care Professional on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context: Findings from phase one of PhD study, EDCNS),
O¿Mahony, M; (2007) . [Oral Presentation], 8th EDCNS Conference Factors influencing women in seeking help from a Health Care Professional on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context: Findings from phase one of PhD study, EDCNS), Vienna , 04-JAN-07 - 04-JAN-07. [Details]
(2006)7th EDCNS Conference Berlin Factors influencing women in seeking help from a Health Care Professional (HCP) on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context- A Pilot Study. EDCNS,
O¿ Mahony, M. ; (2006) . [Oral Presentation], 7th EDCNS Conference Berlin Factors influencing women in seeking help from a Health Care Professional (HCP) on self discovery of a breast symptom, in an Irish context- A Pilot Study. EDCNS, Berlin , 01-JAN-06 - 01-JAN-06. [Details]
(2005)4th Congress of The European Operating Room Nurses Association, (EORNAC),,
McCarthy, B. and O¿Mahony, M; (2005) Articulating the role of the perioperative nurse through structured guided reflection on practice. [Oral Presentation], 4th Congress of The European Operating Room Nurses Association, (EORNAC),, Dublin , 01-JUN-05 - 01-JUN-05. [Details]
(2005). The First Interdisciplinary Conference Integrating Health Research ¿Sharing Visions, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Brookfield Health sciences Complex,
O¿Mahony, M; (2005) A literature review on women¿s help seeking behaviours on self discovery of a breast symptom. [Poster Presentation], . The First Interdisciplinary Conference Integrating Health Research ¿Sharing Visions, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Brookfield Health sciences Complex, University College Cork , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05. [Details]
(2005)24th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference,
O¿Mahony, M. ; (2005) Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Delay versus seeking help on finding a breast symptom: A literature review on women¿s decision making processes. [Poster Presentation], 24th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference, , Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland , 04-FEB-05 - 04-FEB-05. [Details]
(2005)First Interdisciplinary Conference Integrating Health Research Sharing Visions,,
O¿Mahony, M; (2005) A literature review on women¿s help seeking behaviours on self discovery of a breast symptom, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex. [Oral Presentation], First Interdisciplinary Conference Integrating Health Research Sharing Visions,, University College Cork , 01-JAN-05 - 01-JAN-05. [Details]
(2004)The Irish Anaesthetic and Recovery Room Nurses¿ Association Annual Conference,,
O¿Mahony, M; (2004) Women¿s lived experience of breast biopsy: Implications for anaesthetic and recovery room nurses. [Poster Presentation], The Irish Anaesthetic and Recovery Room Nurses¿ Association Annual Conference,, Killarney , 01-NOV-04 - 01-NOV-04. [Details]
(2004)4th Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference: Nursing & Midwifery,
O¿ Mahony, M; (2004) Research: Challenges for Clinical Practice. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 4th Annual Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference: Nursing & Midwifery, University College, Cork , 21-FEB-04 - 21-FEB-04. [Details]
(2002)RCN International Research Conference Women¿s lived experience of breast biopsy: A phenomenological perspective,
¿ Mahony, M; (2002) . [Poster Presentation], RCN International Research Conference Women¿s lived experience of breast biopsy: A phenomenological perspective, RCN: London , 01-JAN-02 - 01-JAN-02. [Details]
(2001)The 10th Annual Medical Faculty Research Day,
O¿Mahony, M; (2001) Women¿s lived experience of breast biopsy, A phenomenological study. [Oral Presentation], The 10th Annual Medical Faculty Research Day, Cork University Hospital , 01-JAN-01 - 01-JAN-01. [Details]
(2001)Transforming Healthcare Through research, Education & Technology Conference,
O¿Mahony, M; (2001) Women¿s lived experience of breast biopsy - A phenomenological study. [Oral Presentation], Transforming Healthcare Through research, Education & Technology Conference, Trinity College Dublin , 01-NOV-01 - 04-NOV-01. [Details]
(2000)The Inaugural Research Conference, Department of Nursing,
O¿Mahony, M; (2000) Women¿s lived experience of breast biopsy - A phenomenological study. [Oral Presentation], The Inaugural Research Conference, Department of Nursing, University College Cork , 01-MAR-00 - 05-MAR-00. [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
School of Nursing & Midwifery College Lecturer01-AUG-02 /
Mercy Hospital Cork Nurse Tutor01-JUL-96 / 01-SEP-00
Mercy Hospital Cork Staff Nurse /General & Operating Theatres01-JAN-89 / 01-SEP-93
University College Cork on secondment from Mercy Hospital College Lecturer/ Temporary contract01-SEP-00 / 01-AUG-02

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1996University College Dublin DiplomaBNS Nursing
2000University of Manchester/ Royal College of Nursing MSc NursingNursing

Teaching Interests

 My teaching interests include perioperative nursing, teaching and learning,    
 breast care, nursing research and nursing science.