Sharon O'Neill

Clinical Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Nursing Department and Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program
Contact Information
City Center
Department of Study 
DNP, The Catholic University of America
JD, University of Baltimore
MSN, University of Pennsylvania
BSN, Notre Dame of Maryland University

SHARON PATRICIA O’NEILL serves as vice chair of the Department of Nursing, director of the online Family Nurse Practitioner program and associate clinical professor at USC. Her current interest lies in family and children’s health issues across different life stages. She has conducted extensive research on maternal child health programs, hepatitis C in children with hemophilia and cystic fibrosis in children.

Prior to joining USC, she served as program coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for seven years. Her practice initiatives include the establishment of the Sickle Cell Center for Adults at Johns Hopkins. She wrote the center’s bylaws and helped it become an agency for the 2002 Combined Federal Campaign of the Community Health Charities of the National Capital Area. She has also developed training programs for families and staff caring for children requiring long-term mechanical ventilation in rehabilitation, home and school settings.

O’Neill earned a diploma in nursing from the Maryland General Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Notre Dame of Maryland University, a master’s in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, a juris doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a doctorate in nursing practice from The Catholic University of America. She also holds dual post-master certifications as a pediatric primary care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner from Johns Hopkins.

In addition to her nursing career, O’Neill boasts an extensive legal career focused on health care regulatory law, corporate transactions, medical malpractice and product liability defense. Most recently, she acted as part-time in-house legal counsel to the Kennedy Krieger Institute for more than 13 years.

Awards and Distinction
Health Information and Technology Scholar, Health Resources and Services Administration-funded program in joint collaboration with the University of Kansas, University of Denver and Johns Hopkins University (2011)
Simulation Education Leader, Maryland Faculty Academy for Simulation Teaching in Nursing (2010)
Turner Service Award for establishing and directing the law school mentoring program, University of Baltimore (1996)
Community Member at Large, Sigma Theta Tau, Pi Chapter, University of Maryland School of Nursing (1989)
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Selected Publications

O’Neill, S.P., McMullen, P. & Stanik-Hutt, J. (2015). School nurse delegation of medication administration to unlicensed assistive personnel: Causes, impact and recommendations.

Woodruff, K., O’Neill, S.P. & Walton-Moss, B. (2015). Utilizing simulation in advanced practice nursing education: Exploring student perceptions, satisfaction and confidence. Nursing Education Perspectives.

O’Neill, S.P. (2013). An Analysis of School Nurse Delegation of Medication Administration to Unlicensed Assistive Personnel. The Catholic University of America.

Walton-Moss, B., O’Neill, S.P., Holland, W., Hull, R. & Marineau, L. (2012). Advanced Practice Nursing Students: Primary Care Focused Scenarios. Collegian, 19, 171-176.

O’Neill, S.P. (2009). Point Counter Point: Can, Should or Will NPs Replace Primary Care Physicians? The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 5(7), 506-507.