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Marilyn O’Mallon to retire

Join the College of Health Sciences in celebrating three retiring employees from 3:00-4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24 in the Bishop Barnwell Room in the Student Union Building. Refreshments will be provided.

Marilyn O'Mallon

Marilyn O’Mallon, associate professor and director of the RN-BS Online Completion Program in the School of Nursing, has worked for Boise State for seven years. She joined the School of Nursing in 2016 as the director of the RN-BS Online Completion program. She has also served in several interim leadership positions for the school, including interim associate divisional dean and chief nursing administrator.

Before joining Boise State full-time, she was an adjunct faculty for the Boise State RN-BS program for four years while she also taught for Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia.

Prior to her teaching career, O’Mallon served as a registered nurse, charge nurse and patient advocate in Georgia. She spent 16 years as a civilian employee in military medicine, serving in a military hospital in Germany during the first Gulf War while her husband served the Army abroad.

O’Mallon earned her doctorate in nursing from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and her master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

Her research interests include family caregiver support; hospice and palliative healthcare initiatives; caring for veterans and their families; and bereavement, anticipatory grief, and end-of-life care for patients and their caregivers.

“I am grateful to have been part of the Boise State School of Nursing leadership team for the past seven years,” said O’Mallon. “As director for the online RN-BS program, and in collaboration with the faculty and staff, I want to highlight and celebrate our collective efforts to sustain our online program of study. COVID had a significant impact on the nurse workforce. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 100,000 nurses in America left the workforce between 2020 and 2021, causing the largest industry need in 40 years. Undaunted by the challenges and demands, Boise State School of Nursing remained diligent to prepare and graduate professional registered nurses to meet the healthcare needs of populations in Idaho, regionally and nationally.”

O’Mallon plans to enjoy retirement by embracing each day as a blank slate to be filled with joy and to get a new puppy to share the beauty of outdoor Idaho.

In addition to O’Mallon, the other retirees are:

  • Marian Graham, management assistant, School of Nursing, 35 years of Boise State service
  • John Lampignano, clinical associate professor, Department of Radiologic Sciences, five years of Boise State service