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William F. Connell School of Nursing

New Connell School Lab Manager Also New Johnson & Johnson Poster Girl

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Having received the Nurse of the Year Award in 1985 from Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services, Maureen Connolley, RN, APRN, BC is the latest exceptional nurse to be working at Boston College, where her role is Simulation Lab Coordinator. However, Maureen also has a distinction uniquely her own—this March she was selected by the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing to represent nurse educators in commercial and print media.

“Nursing runs in my family,” explains Maureen in an interview for Johnson & Johnson. “It dates back to my great grandmother who was a midwife in rural Ireland. Nursing was a career possibility for me from a young age.    

“First out of school, I worked at Boston Medical Center on the psychiatric floor, medical floor and intensive care units. After my graduate program, I worked as a nurse practitioner and, later, as a school nurse. Two years ago, I went into nursing education and began co-teaching at Boston College Connell School of Nursing.  In addition to co-teaching, I’m currently the director of the Simulation Lab.  I also work in the telephone triage department of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.

“I really encourage anyone interested in nursing to talk with a nurse and find out what their job entails. If possible, visit a setting where nurses practice. If you pursue nursing, you are giving yourself, your family and the rest of your fellow citizens an incredible gift. You will have a rewarding career: financial security, tremendous flexibility and meaningful work.”

Excerpts reprinted with permission from Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future.