Dr. Eileen O’Shea, assistant professor of nursing, was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Education Award by the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN) Awards Task Force. Dr. O’Shea is pediatric course coordinator in the School of Nursing and also a clinical instructor at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. At Fairfield, she teaches Nursing of Children and Family and has contributed to the curriculum with her expertise in end-of-life and palliative care for pediatric and perinatal patients, their families, and their health care providers.
Focusing on care for children with complex medical conditions and the need for palliative care education, Dr. O’Shea was the recipient of the award for her development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative teaching methods producing positive outcomes in the field of pediatrics.
“I am truly honored to have received this SPN award,” O’Shea said. “My goal is to inspire our student nurses to find their own passion, and perhaps to consider caring for children and families as a graduate of our program. Receiving this award is a wonderful achievement.”
Dr. Suzanne Campbell, dean of the School of Nursing, is thrilled about the SPN winner. “Dr. O’Shea is a remarkable teacher, motivating her students with engaging assignments, using innovation and her clinical expertise and research knowledge to enhance students’ experience,” she said. “Her role-modeling and mentoring of students, especially those interested in pediatrics, is remarkable. She is gifted in empowering others to feel good about their contributions to the care of vulnerable children and their families.”
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