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Presentations and honors

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Many alumni from the School of Nursing come back to Boston College share their experiences as leaders of health care institutions, non profit organizations, and in public health. View the videos below to learn more.

Alumni Presentations

Maureen P. McCausland ’72, M.S. ’77 Senior Vice President and System Chief Nursing Officer, MedStar Health

Maureen P. McCausland ’72, M.S. ’77, senior vice president and system chief nursing officer at MedStar Health gave the Pinnacle lecture "Clinical Nursing Leadership at the Crossroads" on Monday, November 4, 2013. Watch the full talk »

Mimi Pomerleau, M.S. '95, president of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, discussed best practices for maternal and newborn health

Mimi Pomerleau, M.S. '95, president of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, discussed best practices for maternal and newborn health at reunion on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Watch the full talk »

Mairead Hickey ’72, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discusses her career trajectory from staff nurse to hospital executive

Mairead Hickey ’72, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discussed her career trajectory from staff nurse to hospital executive with Boston College Magazine Editor Ben Birnbaum at the CSON reunion on Friday, June 1, 2012. Watch the full talk »

Karen Daley gives spring semester’s Pinnacle Lecture, titled “Leading the Charge: A Nursing Agenda in the Age of Health Care Reform.”

Karen Daley, M.S. ’04, Ph.D. ’10, president of the American Nurses Association, delivered the spring semester’s Pinnacle Lecture, titled “Leading the Charge: A Nursing Agenda in the Age of Health Care Reform” on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Watch the full talk here »

Ann Riley Finck ’66; Shaun William Golden, M.S. ’11; Cathy M. St. Pierre, Ph.D. ’95; and Daniel V. Triggs, M.S. ’11

Boston College Magazine Editor Ben Birnbaum moderates a discussion on improving the quality of life and functionality of patients and families facing neurological conditions with Ann Riley Finck ’66, a Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nurse practitioner at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Medical Center; Shaun William Golden, M.S. ’11, director of nursing in Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Neuroscience ICU; Cathy M. St. Pierre, Ph.D. ’95, nurse practitioner and associate chief for nursing research at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital; and Daniel V. Triggs, M.S. ’11, a Neuroscience ICU staff nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Nurse Corps commander in the US Navy Reserves. Watch the full talk »

Terry Fulmer gives the  the inaugural speech in the Pinnacle Lecture Series

Terry Fulmer, M.S. '77, Ph.D. '83, RN, FAAN, the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor and dean of the New York University College of Nursing, was the inaugural speaker in the Pinnacle Lecture Series. She addressed the fundamental changes necessary in education and practice to meet the needs of an aging society. Watch "The Future of Nursing" report here »

Monica Onyango delivers a talk about the multidisciplinary approach to treating populations affected by war and natural disasters

Monica Onyango, clinical professor of International Health, Boston University of Public Health, delivered a talk about the multidisciplinary approach to treating populations affected by war and natural disasters. Watch the Multidisciplinary Ph.D. Research Development Day talk here »

Alumni Honored

Terry Fulmer

Terry Fulmer, M.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’83, dean of Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences, received the 2012 William C. McInnes, S.J., ’44 Award for Professional Excellence. Learn more about Terry here »

Sarah Joy (Carlson) Hollingsworth

Sarah Joy (Carlson) Hollingsworth '05 was the 2011 recipient of the GOLD Alumni Award of Excellence. She is currently an ER nurse at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, and is planning a long-term mission overseas. 

Susan J. Kelley, Ph.D

Susan J. Kelley, Ph.D. '88 was the 2011 recipient of the Alumni Award for Professional Excellence. She presently works at the Georgia State University, where she is dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, founder and director of Project Healthy Grandparents, and creator of the National Center for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. 

Alumni "in their own words"

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital executive Mairead Hickey ’72 details the partnership between the Connell School and the Brigham, and the two institutions’ shared commitment to nursing research. View video »

Tricia Gordon

Tricia Gordon '06 explains in her own words how much she enjoyed studying nursing at Boston College and the many opportunities she has had since. Read Tricia's account here »

Tim Rausch

Tim Rausch '08 explains in his own words why he chose the field of nursing and the leg up that his degree from the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College gave him. Read Tim's account here »

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Ann Riley Finck ’66, a nurse practitioner at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, describes caring for a patient who fell five stories and landed in the neurological intensive care unit. View Ann's video here »