Mary O’Connell is a clinical instructor and lead faculty in the RN-MS program. She began her nursing career in 1985 with an associate degree from Minneapolis Community College and worked as a pediatric nurse for five years. She went on to accept a role as a visiting homecare nurse for maternal and child health patients. After two years, she was promoted to Maternal Child Health (MCH) Program Manager and obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing through Bethel University.
After working as a MCH manager for eight years, Ms. O’Connell accepted a new position as Clinic Director for the largest community and federally qualified health center in the state of Minnesota, and served for 10 years in this role. During this time, she wrote and contributed to a variety of state and federal grants concerning health disparities, vulnerable populations and diabetes. She went on to obtain her master’s degree in Transcultural and Community Health nursing.
As a teacher, Ms. O’Connell makes every effort to integrate current and relevant topics within her classroom and readily utilizes today’s technology to keep students engaged. She strongly values education and what it takes to obtain a degree, and strives to make her students feel her sense of pride as they complete courses and move closer toward completing their degree.
Ms. O’Connell feels blessed to serve in the fields of nursing and education given the variety of student ages and life experiences, and their overall desire to be successful learners and well-educated members of society. She encourages her students to uphold and take great pride in their nursing practice, and to further consider what their nursing legacy will be.