Margery R. Orr, DNS, RN

Nursing Education Specialist
Division: Nursing and Health Sciences
Office Location: Health Science Building, Room 102
Phone: 508.373.9781

Dr. Margery Orr joined Becker College in 1992 as an adjunct clinical faculty member for clinical instruction in the pediatric and maternal-infant nursing areas. Prior to her appointment at Becker College, she had extensive experience in nursing education and clinical practice, having taught in the nursing program at Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing and holding a number of adult medical-surgical, maternal-infant, and labor and delivery nursing positions in central Massachusetts hospitals.

Dr. Orr’s experience in curriculum development and nursing program accreditation led to her involvement in assisting the Becker College nursing program in achieving continuing ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accreditation.  During her early years at Becker College, she served as a curriculum consultant, ensuring compliance with state and national standards, and took on an expanded role as a learning facilitator within the nursing program, working closely with students to develop individualized study plans and provide them with test-taking and critical thinking strategies for the NCLEX-RN. She takes pride in her ability to assess her students’ strengths and weaknesses, in an effort to help them achieve success with their nursing education and career. She continues to be involved in curriculum development as the full-time nursing education specialist, a position she has held since 2006, while she also lectures in many of the nursing courses.

Dr. Orr began her educational journey at David Hale Fanning School of Practical Nursing. She furthered her education at Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing, receiving a diploma in nursing, and later earned her bachelor of science in nursing from Worcester State College. A graduate of Boston College with a master of science in maternal child health, Dr. Orr later went on to pursue a doctoral degree in nursing science from Breyer State University. Her doctoral research into the factors that influence nursing program and NCLEX-RN success grew out of her experience at Becker College, working with faculty and students to develop a comprehensive quality nursing education program.

Personal Philosophy

Dr. Orr’s philosophy of nursing and nursing education is based on the following quote:

Tell me, and I will forget.
Show me, and I may remember.
Involve me, and I will understand.
Confucius, 450 B.C.

Dr. Orr adds, “Knowledge, skills and confidence are gained best by immersion into the educational process. Students must be active participants in their learning. Our role is to guide, mentor, and support students to grow in all facets of nursing. This includes not only the clinical skills and knowledge of safe and effective nursing care, but also the interpersonal and professional dimensions of nursing practice. It is an honor, privilege, and awesome responsibility to be a nurse. Our students learn this, our graduates practice this, and this is why the Becker College nursing program has enjoyed over a quarter-century of success.”

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
  • Editor of The Lamp (Worcester Hospital School of Nursing Alumni newsletter)
  • International Council of Nurses Education Network
  • Massachusetts Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARILN)
  • National League for Nursing
  • National League for Nursing, Becker College Nursing Program Ambassador (2010-present)
  • Sigma Theta Tau Iota Phi at Large Chapter, member and counselor
  • Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association

Recent Presentations

  • ATI/ATI Academy: NCLEX All-Stars, presenter
  • Measuring Learning and Academic Support
  • Creating a Purposeful Program for Prelicensure Student Academic Success
  • Best Practices in Nursing Education: Academic Enrichment for Nursing Students
  • Best Practices: Test Construction to Evaluate Learning
  • Best Practices in Nursing Education: Developing and Evaluating Tests that Incorporate Best Practices for Prelicensure Nursing Student Evaluation

Scholarly Activities

Textbook Reviewer

  • F.A. Davis, Ward, and Hisley, Maternal-Child Nursing Care, 2nd edition, Chapter 19 Caring for the Newborn at Risk.
  • F.A. Davis, Chapter 24 DeSevo, Pediatric Nursing: Pediatric Nursing Content Review PLUS Practice Questions.
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