- by Mount Saint Mary College

Headshot of Bernadette O'Halloran.Bernadette O'Halloran, assistant professor of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary College, will kick off this semester's Investigating Research on Campus (iROC) series with "Using a Concept Map with Simulation," on Thursday, September 23 at 4 p.m.

The talk will take place virtually via Zoom. It is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend. Register at

Training nursing students is important to meet the health care demands of a growing and diverse population and to mitigate error in health care delivery. However, clinical practice situations can be challenging, including competition among nursing schools and universities in establishing clinical affiliations, increasing student to faculty ratios, and a shortage of faculty.

Graduate nurses experience a difficult transition as entry-level nurses to clinical practice, says O'Halloran. The use of simulations continues to develop in nursing education.

In her presentation, O'Halloran will discuss her qualitative case study that explored the learning experiences of nursing students using a concept map with simulation as pedagogical approaches during the first nursing course.

O'Halloran's baccalaureate nursing education at University of the Philippines paved the way to furthering her education with a Master's Degree in Nursing Education at University of Hartford and a Doctoral Degree in Education at Northcentral University. She has nearly 40 years of combined professional nursing experiences as a clinician, manager, clinical instructor, and educator in various health care settings in Connecticut and New York. Her talk is based on her dissertation work at Northcentral University.

The goal of the college's iROC is to provide a forum for Mount faculty, staff, and students to showcase their research endeavors with the college and local communities. Presentations include research proposals, initial data collection, and completed research projects.

Mount Saint Mary College, ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S. News & World Report, offers bachelor's and master's degree programs for careers in healthcare, business, education, social services, communications, media, and the liberal arts.


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