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Mary O'Connor

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Associate Professor - Entry-Level Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Education Background

Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing Administration, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2005

MS, Nursing Administration, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 1997

BS, Nursing, ExcelsiorCollege, (formerly RegentsCollege) Albany, NY 1994

AAS Nursing, DutchessCommunity College, Poughkeepsie, New York 1978

Fellow of American College of Healthcare Executives, 2008, 2011, 2014

Areas of Interest

  • Nursing Leadership Education
  • Nursing Administrative Practice
  • Caring Science Curriculum
  • Circle Practice
  • Relationship Based Care/Patient and Family Centered Care

Selected Publications/Presentations

O’Connor, M. and Cohen, E.L. (2016). Nursing leadership for the continuum of care. Guest editors Nursing administration quarterly, 40,(2).

O’Connor, M. (2016). Relationships and reflection: Teaching leadership practices. Voice of nursing leadership,14,(2), 4-5.

Batchler, J. and O’Connor, M. (2015). The Resilient Nurse Leader. Guest editors Nursing administration quarterly, 39,(2).

O’Connor, M. and Batchler, J. (2015). The Resilient Nurse Leader: Reinvention after Experiencing Job Loss. Nursing administration quarterly, 39,(2), 123-131.

O’Connor, M (2014, September). Understanding and engaging generations in the workplace. Voice of nursing leadership, 10-11.

O’Connor, M (2014). Developing leaders for tomorrow: Succession planning for nurse managers. Voice of nursing leadership, 12,(2), 14-15.

O’Connor, M (2013). Reflection as a self-care strategy. Voice of nursing leadership, 11,(4), 8-9.

O’Connor, M. (2013). Communication: Essential strategies for success. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43,(6),323-325.

O’Connor, M. (2013). Listening to the Cellist, the Dressmaker, and the Chef: Knowing Caring through Literature and other Arts. The 34th International Association for Human Caring Conference Magic, Mystery, and Miracles – Embracing the Difference Caring Makes in Nursing Practice, Education, and Research (podium presentation), May 29-June 1, 2013, Orlando, FL.

O'Connor, M. (2012). The Aesthetic Way of Knowing: Creating Art of Nursing Theory. The 33rd International Association for Human Caring Conference Caring Connections: Research, Practice, Education (podium presentation), May 30-June 2, 2012, Philadelphia, PA.

O'Connor, M. (2011). Beyond the classroom: Nurse leader preparation and practices. Nursing administration quarterly, 35,(4),333-337.

O’Connor, M. (2008). The dimensions of leadership: A foundation for caring competency. Nursing administration quarterly, 32(1), 21-26.

O'Connor, M. (2006). Cultivating the leader within.  Nurse leader, 4(6), 17-19.

O’Connor, M. (2003). A look at nursing leadership through the lens of a dancer. Nursing Forum, 38, (1), 23-28. 

O’Connor, M. (2002). On Nursing Leadership. (poetry) Journal of Nursing Administration, 32, (1),15.

O’Connor, M. (2002).  Nurse Leader: Heal Thyself. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 26, (2), 69-79.


  • Doctoral Dissertation: The Center for Nursing Leadership: A qualitative study describing the impact and meaning of life changes of individual members. 2005
  • Meaning of Caring as experienced through the arts: A qualitative study of freshman pre-nursing students as they reflect their ideas of caring through literature and art. 2013
  • The Resilient Nurse Leader: Reinvention after Experiencing Job Loss: A qualitative study describing the meaning of unexpected job loss for nurse leaders. 2014