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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Jean A. O'Neil, Ed.D., RN

associate professor emeritus

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educational history

  • Ed.D. Boston University
  • M.S. Boston College
  • B.S. Boston College

research interests

Patient responses to experiences of ambulatory surgery; assessment and intervention by telephone with ambulatory surgery patients; validation ofnursing diagnoses; predictive value of selected variables for successful licensing exam performance; effectiveness of interventions in promoting successful licencing exam performance


As a member of the Adult Health Nursing Department I was involved in theory, clinical and on-line teaching for students from baccalaureate to Ph.D. level and the continuing education program.  I was especially interested in combining attention to lifelong human growth and development with the promotion of health. My research included educational and clinical projects.  In education, I studied ways to improve multiple choice tests and  means to help students prepare for testing, especially licensing exams. This led to tutoring of individuals,  and workshops for nursing schools. Clinical studies focused on validation of nursing diagnoses and an intervention study for ambulatory surgery patients.  I continue active membership in professional associations especially MARN, ANA, Sigma Theta Tau International and NANDA International.

appointments & awards

  • 2014 - American Nurses Association (ANA) Massachusetts Teaching Award
  • 2002-2007 Presented annual Jean A. O'Neil Nursing Achievement award established by School of Nursing faculty upon my retirement to selected baccalaureate graduates at commencement weekend nursing convocations.
  • 2004 Consultant for University Technology Grant, Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing, to develop on-line teaching certificate course sequence. Wrote and produced course modules and instructional video
  • 2000-2005 Co-investigator AREA grant National Institute of Nursing Research (R-15): “Efficacy of Nurse Coaching to Aid Ambulatory Surgical /Patients”

selected publications

  • O'Neil, J & Fairchild N. (1999)  Secondary  data analysis of nursing diagnoses in post hospital experiences of ambulatory surgical patients. Proceedings of the 13th National Conference on the Classification of Nursing Diagnosis.  Phila: Lippincott.
  • O'Neil, J. (1997) The consequences of meeting Mrs. Wisdom.: Teaching the nursing diagnostic  process via a progression of case studies. Proceedings of the 12th National Conference on the Classification of Nursing Diagnosis. Phila.: Lippincott.
  • Jones, D.A., O'Neil, J. Coakley, A, Horvath, K, & Shappler, N. (1996) Patient function, high frequency nursing diagnoses, state anxiety and satisfaction with same day surgery and general anesthesia.  Proceedings, Vol. 1 of 8th Biennial  Conference of the Workgroup of European Nurse Researchers. Sweden: Ekblad & Co., 268 -281.
  • Eisenhauer, L. A. &  O'Neil, J.A. (Winter, 1995) Synthesis and praxis: Liberal education and nursing. AACU Liberal Education, 81 (1) 12 - 17.

international presentations

  • “Collaborative Partnerships in Research.” Sigma Theta Tau International 37th Biennial Convention, Toronto, Canada, November 2003.  J. O’Neil, N. Fairchild, R. Olivieri.
  •  “Patient Responses to Ambulatory Surgery: Arthroscopy” 4th European Conference, ACENDIO Paris, France, March, 2003   J. O’Neil & N. Fairchild.