Mary O’Leary


Mary O'Leary

Title: Nursing Administration
Company: O’Leary Consulting
Location: Saint Helena, California, United States

Mary O’Leary, Nursing Administration at O’Leary Consulting, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of nursing management.

Compelled to help and serve others, Ms. O’Leary has committed her career to the field of nursing, serving as a consultant with the Ascellon Corporation in Landover, MD, a patient advocate in Saint Helena, CA, since 2003 and a consultant for the World Health Organization. Additionally, she is a board member for Honoring Choices in Napa Valley. In preparation for her illustrious career, Ms. O’Leary earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Villanova University in 1963, a Master in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois in 1979 and has completed coursework at the National College of Education. She has been inspired by several successful women, all of whom gave her the courage to pursue nursing. Her great-aunt, Mary Margaret O’Leary, a public health nurse in a suburb in Chicago, influenced her immensely as did her mentors, Dorothy Marvin, who was her next-door neighbor as a child and served in the US Navy during World War II, and Sandra Nye, a psychotherapist in Chicago, and Heidi Crooks, a nurse leader at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and UCLA. In recognition of her success, Ms. O’Leary has been lauded as a Janseen Clinical Scholar by the Ninth Annual US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress in San Diego in 1996.

Further career pursuits Ms. O’Leary has undertaken include, but are not limited to, director of psychiatric and respite care in nursing and the administrative director for the department of psychiatry at the Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago since 1988. She has been a patient advocate for Good Medicine Consult and Advocacy in San Francisco from 2011 to 2013, the chief nursing officer of Saint Helena Hospital in California from 2006 to 2009 and the patient care director for Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, CA, from 2002 to 2006. As a result of her dedication to the field of nursing and to her patients, Ms. O’Leary has been inducted into numerous organizations. She has been affiliated with the Midwest Alliance of Nursing, the Illinois League of Nursing, the National Intravenous Therapy Association, the Illinois Society of Nursing Service Administrators, the Chicago Nursing In-Service Organization and the American Organization of Nurse Executives, among others. Ms. O’Leary has shared her invaluable knowledge and expertise in the field of nursing with others, contributing articles to professional journals as well as lecturing at various locations.

Ms. O’Leary considers her time as a school nurse with the Chicago Board of Education to be the highlight of her career. She worked with underprivileged children and their mothers, teaching mothers valuable life skills such as basic health care. She cared for children and their mothers, who were on site, and while she felt initially uncertain if she could handle the emotional demands of such difficult work, Ms. O’Leary knew that she was needed. Ms. O’Leary immersed herself in caring for others and even sent some young students to visit the since-closed School of Dentistry at Northwestern University School of Dental Hygiene in Chicago, so the students could learn proper dental hygiene. Her additional contributions to society include volunteering with the Lyric Opera in Chicago from 1983 to 1985, the radio station WTTW in Chicago from 1980 to 1985 and the Cameo Movie Theater in St. Helena, California, where community events were often held. In light of her dedication to others, Ms. O’Leary has been awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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