Nursing Faculty

Bernadette O'Halloran

Assistant Professor of Nursing


EdD in General Education, Northcentral University
Master Cert. in Business Mgmt, Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business
MSN in Nursing Education, University of Hartford
BSN, University of the Philippines

Office: Aquinas 210 D
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday (11:30 - 12:30 pm); Tuesday (1-2 pm) By Appointment
Phone: 845-569-3140


NUR 3650 (Nursing Care of the Older Adult)
NUR 5040 (Human Diversity/Transcultural Nursing)

Other courses taught:
NUR 1200 (The Developing Nursing Student)
HLT 3010 (Normal and Therapeutic Nutrition)
NUR 2044 (Nursing Physical Assessment)


Prior to her teaching career in nursing, she has worked at various capacities as a staff nurse, charge nurse, Diabetes Nurse Educator, Staff Development, and Practice Manager in many healthcare settings. These include acute care/ICU, school, home care, skilled facilities, cardiac rehab, Interventional Radiology, and Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases/Travel Medicine practice. She has taught in the classroom, medical-surgical clinical units, fully-online, and simulation-learning environments in the accelerated, bachelor and associate degree nursing programs within the community colleges and universities across CT. She has guided nursing students in the application of various test-taking strategies in preparation for the NCLEX-RN. Dr. O’Halloran maintains a huge interest in developing the critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills of nursing students to help them reach their full potential in the nursing profession.

Specialization/Areas of Research Interest

Concept Mapping and Simulation
Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning
NCLEX-RN Test Item Writing
Andragogical Approaches for Teaching and Learning

Memberships and Professional Associations    

National League for Nursing (NLN)
Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc. (STTI)
International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)
CT League for Nursing (CLN)
Healthcare Simulation Network of CT (HSNCT)

Achievements / Awards    

NCLEX-RN Test Item Writer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) in Chicago: May 2007

Manuscript Reviewer:
Fundamentals of Nursing (7th ed) by Potter and Perry
Basic Nursing (7th ed) by Potter and Perry

Oral Presentation at the Nursing Education Research Conference in Washington, D. C. (April 2018): "Learning Experiences of Associate Degree in Nursing Students Using a Concept Map with Simulation"


ProQuest Publication 10287836: "Using Concept Maps with Simulation: Learning Experiences of Associate Degree in Nursing Students"


Portrait of Bernadette O'Halloran, assistant professor of Nursing