Dr. O’Neill earned a B.A. in Political Science at Castleton State College and a B.S. in Nursing at the University of the District of Columbia. She worked in a variety of health care settings and later earned dual Master’s degrees at Yale University in Nursing Management and Policy and Public Health. For the last fifteen years her focus has been advocacy for children. She was an Assistant Child Advocate for the State of Connecticut for eleven years investigating the circumstances of children and promoting responsive public policy. Dr. O’Neill earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2011. Her research interests include qualitative studies in public policy affecting children and people with disabilities. She is an active member of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center on Bioethics.
Nurses are uniquely situated to improve the health and wellbeing of the community. The art of nursing extends beyond direct comfort and care to the ability to inform health systems and public policy about the best ways to meet the needs of the public. I welcome the opportunity to introduce future nurses to their amazing power and potential.
Jeanne-Ann completed her Diploma in nursing from St Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN and MSN from University of Maine. She has over 30 years nursing experience, and continues to maintain current critical care and nursing supervision roles. Jeanne-Ann has experience in both home health nursing and hospice care. She has been an adjunct nursing faculty member at University of Maine and Husson University prior to accepting her undergraduate nursing faculty position.
The nursing education at Husson University reminds me of the nurturing involved program of study I experienced many years ago in my diploma program of studies. Husson affords the faculty an opportunity to truly know the student and to assist the student nurse to become an outstanding professional nurse. I believe, as Ruth Whittman-Price stated, "every nursing student deserves nurse educators who can best facilitate his or her journey toward becoming a successful professional nurse.