Faculty

Neonatal Nursing Online Master's Degree Faculty: Sandra Bellini

Sandra Bellini, Clinical Professor, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNE

Email: Sandra.Bellini@UConn.edu

Dr. Sandra Bellini serves as the Director for the Neonatal Advanced Practice Programs at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing. Dr. Bellini has been practicing in the neonatal nursing realm since 1988 and has served in varying roles and capacities, such as: staff nurse, nurse practitioner, educator, author, program administrator, and collaborative researcher.  Dr. Bellini holds a Doctor of Nursing (DNP) degree (Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, 2007), a post-MS CAS in Nursing Education (University of Massachusetts Worcester, 2003), and an MS in Neonatal Critical Care Nursing (Northeastern University, 1996).

Dr. Bellini’s faculty position at the UConn School of Nursing includes a joint appointment with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, where she continues her NNP practice in the NICU. Dr. Bellini serves as the Special Interest Group Facilitator representing the NNP Faculty Group, for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses. She also serves as Chair of the Practice Leadership Network, for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Dr. Bellini’s additional service commitments include teaching both the NRP and STABLE Transport Programs on a regular basis, serving as the column editor for the “28 Days” column and on the editorial board for Nursing for Women’s Health, an AWHONN Journal. Her areas of interest include advanced practice nursing scope of practice, advanced practice education, evidence-based practice, quality and safety in the NICU, and neonatal transport.

Dr. Bellini led the development of the NNP Online Program in 2013, the first online APRN Program at the UConn School of Nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Mu Chapter) and is actively involved in several neonatal and women’s health professional organizations: Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), Academy of Neonatal Nursing (ANN), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Neonatal Nursing Online Master's Degree Faculty: Michele Beaulieu

Michele Beaulieu, Assistant Clinical Professor, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC

Dr. Michele Beaulieu is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, as well as author, researcher and educator and shares her time with UConn and her clinical practice at All Children’s John Hopkins Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Beaulieu graduated with her Doctor of Nursing (DNP) degree from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in 2007.

In addition to her neonatal practice, Dr. Beaulieu has been the column editor for “Pointers in Practical Pharmacology” in Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, and co-investigator for several research studies.  Her research interests include perinatal safety, extremely low birth-weight infants, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and the management of high-risk newborns in the delivery room. Her doctoral dissertation on “Failure to Rescue as a Process Measure to Evaluate Fetal Safety” was published in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing in 2009.

Dr. Beaulieu developed and taught the first online course for the post-master’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at UConn in 2013. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau (Delta Beta Chapter) and is actively involved in several neonatal and women’s health professional organizations: Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (FANNP), Academy of Neonatal Nursing (ANN), Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the National League of Nurses (NLN).

Neonatal Nursing Online Master's Degree Faculty: Marybeth Whalen

Marybeth Whalen, Assistant Clinical Professor, DNP, NNP-BC

Marybeth Whalen is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner as well as Assistant Clinical Faculty in the University of Connecticut's School of Nursing. Dr. Whalen has been lead faculty and Clinical Coordinator for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program here at UConn since 2008. Presently employed in a joint appointment with UMASS / Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, MA, she has also held an active clinical position for a tertiary healthcare center in central Massachusetts for the past 20 years and serves as Clinical Instructor for the Division of Pediatrics and Coordinator of the Nurse Practitioner Service for the division of neonatology.

Active professionally, Dr. Whalen is an active member of Massachusetts WIC Medical Advisory Board and UMMHC Pediatric Conscious Sedation committee. Additionally, she has contributed various abstracts, publications and has spoken at many conferences with major interests in nutrition and pharmacology. She has been recognized with, Nurse Leader of the Year Award, March of Dimes (2011), Excellence in Nursing Award, Division of Pediatrics at UMMC in 2008 and Professional Advancement for Clinical Excellence Award in 1994.

Dr. Whalen received her Diploma in Nursing from Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing, followed by a BS from Worcester State College, MS from Northeastern University, and completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University.

Image of Dr. Valerie Artigas; Neonatal Nursing Faculty

Valarie Artigas, Assistant Clinical Professor, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC

Dr. Artigas has been a board-certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner for over 25 years, dedicating her entire professional nursing career caring for fragile newborns and their caregivers. Dr. Artigas received her BSN from Adelphi University, NY, MSN with the Neonatal Track from Stony Brook University, NY and graduated from the University of Connecticut with her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2018. Dr. Artigas also holds a postgraduate Health Care Professions Teaching Certificate from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Artigas’ research dissertation focused on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and its moral impact on Neonatal Nurses. Dr. Artigas published an article: “Management of NAS in the Well Nursery” in the Journal of Women’s Health and was a Chapter Editor for the recently published textbook Clinical Simulations for the Advanced Practice Nurse. Dr. Artigas also serves as a content reviewer for the following neonatal/maternal health professional journals: Neonatal Network, Advances in Neonatal Care and AWHONN’s Journal of Women’s Health. Dr. Artigas is an active member of several professional organizations including Sigma Theta Tau Mu Chapter in Connecticut. Dr. Artigas’ research and special interest lies within the care of mothers with Opioid Use Disorder and their newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Dr. Artigas is a member of the regional Maternal Child Task Force in Dutchess County, NY where she continues her commitment to supporting the mother/newborn dyad suffering from opioid use disorder through research and enhancing community resources.