Misericordia University’s Center for Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) has named Teena O’Connor, R.N., of Hunlock Creek, as the University’s 2014 Outstanding Adult Learner.
The 41-year-old mother of three works full time as the operations manager for the Department of Neurology at Geisinger Health System. Also a full-time student, O’Connor will earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree at Misericordia’s 88th commencement this month.
The award recognizes adult students who have, among other criteria, overcome difficult or unusual circumstances, shown success in coping with the demands of family and career, and demonstrated perseverance, innovation and extraordinary dedication to reach their educational goals.
O’Connor was 23 years old with three young children when she first decided to go to college. With the help of family and friends, she earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Broome County Community College in Binghamton, N.Y. in 2000. Over the next 12 years, she worked as a clinical registered nurse and in administrative positions in the nursing field as her children grew up before she made the commitment to fulfill a dream and take her education to the next level.
She enrolled in the RN-to-BSN program at Misericordia University in 2012.
O’Connor will begin a master’s degree program at Misericordia once she graduates in May.
She has volunteered with the Girls Scouts of America and Little League International and also provides on-going assistance to a Stroke Survivor Support Group hosted by the Geisinger Health System each month in Danville, Pa.