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Wednesday April 22
4:00 PM
Guest Speaker: Andrea O’Connor, Ed.D, J.D., RN Career Paths: A Tale of Three Nurses
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We are very pleased to have Andrea O’Connor speak at our Annual Spring Event. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Cornell University‐New York Hospital School of Nursing, a master’s degree in biophysical pathology from New York University, a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Following practice as a coronary care nurse and medical supervisor at New York Hospital, she became an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Nursing and Assistant Director of Educational Services for the company. Upon earning her doctoral degree, Dr. O’Connor served as Associate Professor of Nursing Education atTeachers College, Columbia University and Director of the Center for Nursing Leadership Development. During those years, she was a consultant to the Nursing Department at the National Institute of Health.

After moving to Connecticut, she took the position of Professor and Chair of the Nursing Department at Western Connecticut State University, where she developed a highly successful master’s program. Dr. O’Connor served for many years as a member of the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing, and was one of several educators who forged an articulation plan that streamlined the process for graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs in Connecticut to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing.

Following an early retirement from Western Connecticut State University, Dr. O’Connor established a solo practice in elder law and became involved in local politics. She was elected to four consecutive terms as the chief elected official of the town of Sherman, and currently serves on the Board of Selectmen. She is the author of three textbooks in nursing education and staff development; recently the third edition of Clinical Instruction and Evaluation was published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Dr. O’Connor has also written numerous articles in peer‐reviewed nursing journals.