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Dr. Connor received her BS and MS in Nursing at Stony Brook University in New York, PhD from Columbia University in New York, and completed her post-doctoral training through the Harvard School of Public Health’s Pediatric Harvard Health Services Research Fellowship Program in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2005, Dr. Connor was the first nurse to graduate from this prestigious fellowship program. Dr. Connor joined the staff at Boston Children’s Hospital in 2003 as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. In 2005 she accepted a position as Nurse Scientist for Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services, and in 2009 was appointed Director of Research for Cardiovascular and Critical Care Services.

Dr. Connor’s program of research focuses on the paucity of available measures to understand the work of nursing as it relates to variation in patient outcomes. In 2009 she developed and implemented a national nursing benchmarking process across 15 pediatric cardiovascular programs for the American College of Cardiology. That successful effort identified an unmet need and in 2011, led to the establishment of a larger collaboration of 27 pediatric cardiovascular programs named the Consortium of Congenital Cardiac Care Measurement of Nursing Practice (C4-MNP). C4-MNP is a community of nurse leaders, researchers, bedside clinicians, and parents of children with congenital heart disease (CHD) committed to rigorous measurement of quality nursing care to optimize outcomes for children with cardiac disease. Once finalized, creation of the C4-MNP matrix will enable data to be linked across multiple pediatric hospitals and facilitate a detailed examination of risk-adjusted patient outcomes.

In parallel to the emergence of C4-MNP, Dr. Connor also led the development and implementation of a pediatric nurse acuity tool that is reflective of current nursing practice. The Complexity Assessment and Monitoring to Ensure Optimal Outcomes (CAMEO) acuity tool was designed to measure cognitive workload (critical thinking) and complexity (level of surveillance) of nursing care in the pediatric setting. Developed in 2009, the CAMEO has since been adapted and validated to measure nursing workload across all pediatric and neonatal settings.

Additionally, Dr. Connor serves as director of Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Nursing Science Fellowship program (founded in 2012). Within this program, she mentors nursing science fellows in the development, implementation, and dissemination of research and quality improvement projects. Dr. Connor has received multiple honors for her work including the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Circle of Excellence award, the Boston Business Journal’s Champion in Healthcare recognition and designation as a Notable Nurse in the New England edition of (formerly Nursing Spectrum).


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  1. Atkinson C, Cerrato B, Shiers D, Connor JA. The acuity of pediatric neuroscience nursing using the Inpatient Complexity Assessment and Monitoring to Ensure Optimal Outcomes (CAMEO© ) tool. J Spec Pediatr Nurs. 2020 Aug 27; e12307. View abstract
  2. Conrad P, Meyer S, Whiting J, Connor JA. Iatrogenic withdrawal syndrome in specialty pediatric critical care. Appl Nurs Res. 2020 10; 55:151284. View abstract
  3. Connor JA, Mott S, DeGrazia M, Lajoie D, Dwyer P, Reed MP, Porter C, Hickey PA. Nursing science fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. Appl Nurs Res. 2020 10; 55:151292. View abstract
  4. Connor JA, LaGrasta C, Porter C, Hurtig M, McHugh S, King E, Atkinson C, Hickey PA. The Measurement of Pediatric Inpatient Nursing Using the Complexity Assessment and Monitoring to Ensure Optimal Outcomes (CAMEO©) Tool. J Pediatr Nurs. 2020 Mar - Apr; 51:42-48. View abstract
  5. Barbas KH, O'Brien K, Forbes PW, Belfort MB, Connor JA, Thiagarajan RR, Huh SY. Macronutrient Analysis of Modified-Fat Breast Milk Produced by 3 Methods of Fat Removal. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2020 Jul; 44(5):895-902. View abstract
  6. Connor JA, LaGrasta C, Gauvreau K, Porter C, Hickey PA. Validation of the Complexity Assessment and Monitoring to Ensure Optimal Outcomes (CAMEO II) Acuity Tool for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing. Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2019 May/Jun; 38(3):153-159. View abstract
  7. Connor JA, LaGrasta C, Gauvreau K, Porter C, O'Brien K, Hickey PA. Scaling the Measurement of Pediatric Acuity Using the Complexity Assessment and Monitoring to Ensure Optimal Outcomes (CAMEO II) Tool. Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2019 May/Jun; 38(3):146-152. View abstract
  8. DeGrazia M, Difazio RL, Connor JA, Hickey PA. Building and Sustaining a Culture of Clinical Inquiry in a Pediatric Quaternary Hospital. J Nurs Adm. 2019 Jan; 49(1):28-34. View abstract
  9. Brown L, Hinsley K, Hurtig M, Porter CL, Connor JA. The current practice and care of paediatric patients post cardiac catheterisation. Cardiol Young. 2019 Feb; 29(2):146-151. View abstract
  10. Connor JA, Ziniel SI, Porter C, Doherty D, Moonan M, Dwyer P, Wood L, Hickey PA. Interprofessional Use and Validation of the AACN Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool. Am J Crit Care. 2018 09; 27(5):363-371. View abstract
  11. Hickey PA, Gauvreau K, Porter C, Connor JA. The Impact of Critical Care Nursing Certification on Pediatric Patient Outcomes. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018 08; 19(8):718-724. View abstract
  12. Kulik LA, Connor JA, Graham DA, Hickey PA. Pressure injury prevention for paediatric cardiac surgical patients using a nurse-driven standardized clinical assessment and management plan. Cardiol Young. 2018 Sep; 28(9):1151-1162. View abstract
  13. Toole CA, DeGrazia M, Connor JA, Gauvreau K, Kuzdeba HB, Hickey PA. Informing Leadership Models: Nursing and Organizational Characteristics of Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Freestanding Children's Hospitals. Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2018 May/Jun; 37(3):156-166. View abstract
  14. Connor JA, Antonelli RC, O'Connell CA, Bishop Kuzdeba H, Porter C, Hickey PA. Measuring Care Coordination in the Pediatric Cardiology Ambulatory Setting. J Nurs Adm. 2018 Feb; 48(2):107-113. View abstract
  15. Hickey PA, Connor JA, Cherian KM, Jenkins K, Doherty K, Zhang H, Gaies M, Pasquali S, Tabbutt S, St Louis JD, Sarris GE, Kurosawa H, Jonas RA, Sandoval N, Tchervenkov CI, Jacobs JP, Stellin G, Kirklin JK, Garg R, Vener DF. International quality improvement initiatives. Cardiol Young. 2017 Dec; 27(S6):S61-S68. View abstract
  16. McLellan MC, Gauvreau K, Connor JA. Validation of the Children's Hospital Early Warning System for Critical Deterioration Recognition. J Pediatr Nurs. 2017 Jan - Feb; 32:52-58. View abstract
  17. Steltzer MM, Sussman-Karten K, Kuzdeba HB, Mott S, Connor JA. Creating Opportunities for Optimal Nutritional Experiences for Infants With Complex Congenital Heart Disease. J Pediatr Health Care. 2016 Nov - Dec; 30(6):599-605. View abstract
  18. Connor JA, Larson C, Baird J, Hickey PA. Use of a Pediatric Cardiovascular Nursing Consortium for Development and Evaluation of Quality Measures: The C4-MNP Experience. J Pediatr Nurs. 2016 Sep-Oct; 31(5):471-7. View abstract
  19. Hickey PA, Pasquali SK, Gaynor JW, He X, Hill KD, Connor JA, Gauvreau K, Jacobs ML, Jacobs JP, Hirsch-Romano JC. Critical Care Nursing's Impact on Pediatric Patient Outcomes. Ann Thorac Surg. 2016 Oct; 102(4):1375-80. View abstract
  20. Connor JA, Ahern JP, Cuccovia B, Porter CL, Arnold A, Dionne RE, Hickey PA. Implementing a Distraction-Free Practice With the Red Zone Medication Safety Initiative. Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2016 May-Jun; 35(3):116-24. View abstract
  21. Connor JA, Mott S, Green A, Larson C, Hickey P. Measurement of Quality of Nursing Practice in Congenital Cardiac Care. Am J Crit Care. 2016 Mar; 25(2):128-35. View abstract
  22. Ziniel SI, Connor JA, Graham D, Kupiec JK, Rauscher NA, Growdon AS, Berger A, Jenkins KJ, Harris SK. Development and psychometric characteristics of the pediatric inpatient experience survey (PIES). Int J Qual Health Care. 2016 Apr; 28(2):191-9. View abstract
  23. Hinsley KE, Marshall AC, Hurtig MH, Thornton JM, O'Connell CA, Porter CL, Connor JA, Hickey PA. Monitoring the health of the work environment with a daily assessment tool: the REAL - Relative Environment Assessment Lens - indicator. Cardiol Young. 2016 Aug; 26(6):1082-9. View abstract
  24. Connor JA, LaGrasta C, Hickey PA. Complexity Assessment and Monitoring to Ensure Optimal Outcomes Tool for Measuring Pediatric Critical Care Nursing. Am J Crit Care. 2015 Jul; 24(4):297-308. View abstract
  25. Sakakeeny KH, Connor JA, Del Nido PJ, Odegard K, DeGrazia M. Heat retention head wrap for rewarming infants undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. Am J Crit Care. 2015 Mar; 24(2):141-7. View abstract
  26. Giangregorio M, Mott S, Tong E, Handa S, Gauvreau K, Connor JA. Management of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) in pediatric heart failure patients receiving continuous inotropic support. J Pediatr Nurs. 2014 Jul-Aug; 29(4):e3-9. View abstract
  27. Hickey PA, Gauvreau K, Curley MA, Connor JA. The effect of critical care nursing and organizational characteristics on pediatric cardiac surgery mortality in the United States. J Nurs Adm. 2013 Dec; 43(12):637-44. View abstract
  28. McLellan MC, Gauvreau K, Connor JA. Validation of the Cardiac Children's Hospital Early Warning Score: an early warning scoring tool to prevent cardiopulmonary arrests in children with heart disease. Congenit Heart Dis. 2014 May-Jun; 9(3):194-202. View abstract
  29. McLellan MC, Connor JA. The Cardiac Children's Hospital Early Warning Score (C-CHEWS). J Pediatr Nurs. 2013 Apr; 28(2):171-8. View abstract
  30. Hickey PA, Gauvreau K, Tong E, Schiffer NP, Connor JA. Pediatric cardiovascular critical care in the United States: nursing and organizational characteristics. Am J Crit Care. 2012 Jul; 21(4):242-50. View abstract
  31. Schlingmann TR, Thiagarajan RR, Gauvreau K, Lofgren KC, Zaplin M, Connor JA, del Nido PJ, Lock JE, Jenkins KJ. Cardiac medical conditions have become the leading cause of death in children with heart disease. Congenit Heart Dis. 2012 Nov-Dec; 7(6):551-8. View abstract
  32. Evangelista JA, Connor JA, Pintz C, Saia T, O'Connell C, Fulton DR, Hickey P. Paediatric nurse practitioner managed cardiology clinics: patient satisfaction and appointment access. J Adv Nurs. 2012 Oct; 68(10):2165-74. View abstract
  33. Rehman M, Jenkins KJ, Juraszek AL, Connor JA, Gauvreau K, Muneeb M, Sena LM, Colan SD, Saia T, Kieran MW. A prospective phase II trial of vinblastine and methotrexate in multivessel intraluminal pulmonary vein stenosis in infants and children. Congenit Heart Dis. 2011 Nov-Dec; 6(6):608-23. View abstract
  34. Cook KA, Mott S, Lawrence P, Jablonski J, Grady MR, Norton D, Liner KP, Cioffi J, Hickey P, Reidy S, Connor JA. Coping while caring for the dying child: nurses' experiences in an acute care setting. J Pediatr Nurs. 2012 Aug; 27(4):e11-21. View abstract
  35. Brown DW, Connor JA, Pigula FA, Usmani K, Klitzner TS, Beekman RH, Kugler JD, Martin GR, Neish SR, Rosenthal GL, Lannon C, Jenkins KJ. Variation in preoperative and intraoperative care for first-stage palliation of single-ventricle heart disease: a report from the Joint Council on Congenital Heart Disease National Quality Improvement Collaborative. Congenit Heart Dis. 2011 Mar-Apr; 6(2):108-15. View abstract
  36. Connor JA, Kline NE, Mott S, Harris SK, Jenkins KJ. The meaning of cost for families of children with congenital heart disease. J Pediatr Health Care. 2010 Sep-Oct; 24(5):318-25. View abstract
  37. Maltz LA, Gauvreau K, Connor JA, Jenkins KJ. Clopidogrel in a pediatric population: prescribing practice and outcomes from a single center. Pediatr Cardiol. 2009 Feb; 30(2):99-105. View abstract
  38. Benavidez OJ, Connor JA, Gauvreau K, Jenkins KJ. The contribution of complications to high resource utilization during congenital heart surgery admissions. Congenit Heart Dis. 2007 Sep-Oct; 2(5):319-26. View abstract
  39. Connor JA, Thiagarajan R. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2007 May 11; 2:23. View abstract
  40. Lander LI, Connor JA, Shah RK, Kentala E, Healy GB, Roberson DW. Otolaryngologists' responses to errors and adverse events. Laryngoscope. 2006 Jul; 116(7):1114-20. View abstract
  41. Connor JA, Gauvreau K, Jenkins KJ. Factors associated with increased resource utilization for congenital heart disease. Pediatrics. 2005 Sep; 116(3):689-95. View abstract
  42. Connor JA. Factor V Leiden and its effect on children with cardiac pathology. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2005 May-Jun; 22(3):176-81. View abstract
  43. Connor JA, Arons RR, Figueroa M, Gebbie KM. Clinical outcomes and secondary diagnoses for infants born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Pediatrics. 2004 Aug; 114(2):e160-5. View abstract
  44. Connor JA, Smaldone AM, Bratts T, Stone PW. HIPAA in 2003 and its meaning for nurse researchers. Appl Nurs Res. 2003 Nov; 16(4):291-3. View abstract
  45. Merne Smaldone A, Connor JA. The use of large administrative data sets in nursing research. Appl Nurs Res. 2003 Aug; 16(3):205-7. View abstract