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William F. Connell School of Nursing

New faculty: A quartet of nursing talent

by katie koch, photographs by gary wayne gilbert

Photo of Maureen Connolly

Maureen Connolly, ANP, RN, was the face of nursing education in 2007, when she appeared in a 30-second Johnson & Johnson TV spot showing her saving a life in Baltimore, delivering a baby in Seattle, and helping an accident victim in Kansas. "How can a nurse be in all those places?" a voice-over asked, then explained that "behind every nurse who touches a life, there is a nurse educator who first touched them."

At Boston College, she is recognized for her diligent work behind the scenes as coordinator of the CSON's Nursing Simulation Lab since 2006.

Connolly, who joined the faculty full time as a clinical instructor of community health nursing this fall, began her nursing career at Boston City Hospital, where she was named Nurse of the Year in 1985. She earned a master's in nursing from Simmons College in 1988 and spent 15 years as an adult health nurse practitioner at Uphams Corner Health Center in Dorchester, Mass., where she provided primary and urgent care to inner-city and immigrant populations. Since 2007, she has worked at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Wellesley.

Photo of Deborah Sampson

Deborah Sampson, Ph.D., ARNP, a new assistant professor of adult health nursing, arrived at the Connell School with a research background in health policy, health disparities, and the history of the nursing profession. Before coming to Boston College, Sampson was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, where she was co-coordinator of adult primary care in the community health program and deputy director of the occupational health program. She taught at Yale University, Rivier College, and Sacred Heart University before receiving her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006.

Sampson's work has taken her to Belize, where she helped collect traditional Mayan treatments for cancer and HIV, and to Vietnam, where in 1993, as a visiting professor at the University of Saigon School of Nursing, she assisted in surgery
on the first HIV patient in the country.

Photo of Natalie McClain

Natalie McClain, Ph.D., RN, CPNP, a clinical assistant professor at the Connell School since 2009, joined the faculty this fall as an assistant professor of maternal and child health nursing. A Children's Hospital nurse scientist and a research associate at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., since 2004, McClain has worked in pediatric nursing throughout her professional career. After graduating with a master of science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, she worked at the Children's Assessment Center, an advocacy and services center for child victims of sexual abuse in Houston, Tex. At the assessment center and later in Charlottesville, Va., she performed medical forensic exams in cases of sexual assault, testified in civil and criminal trials, and served as an expert witness for the FBI. Her major research and clinical interests include childhood abuse and disclosure, sexual assault, and the role of forensic nurses in the care of sexual assault survivors.

Photo of Rosemary Byrne

Rosemary Byrne, APRN, comes to Boston College from Atreya Health Care, a small family practice in Jamaica Plain, Mass., where she has been clinical director since 1999. She brings years of experience in patient care to CSON students as a full-time clinical instructor of community health nursing.

From 1987 to 1999, Byrne was executive coordinator of Por Cristo, a medical nonprofit serving Latin American women and children. She has participated in more than 20 medical mission trips to Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. This past spring, she supervised University undergraduates on a nine-day international service trip in Managua, Nicaragua.

"When it's the patient's turn, it's the patient's turn," Byrne '72, M.S. '98, told the magazine ReVista in 2000, speaking of the Brigham and Women's Spanish clinic where she then worked as a nurse practitioner. "It's their health issues, how their family is doing, what's going on at home. Time with patients is first and foremost."