Sandra Bellini, Associate Clinical Professor, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNE
Dr. Sandra Bellini serves as the Coordinator 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.
Michele Beaulieu, DNP, ARNP, NNP-BC
Dr. Michele Beaulieu is a full-time Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, as well as author, researcher and educator. 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 full-time 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).
Marybeth Whalen, DNP, NNP-BC
Marybeth Whalen is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. As Adjunct Aaulty she is Clinical Coordinator and lead faculty for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program here at University of Connecticut, since 2008. She also holds 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 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (UMMC), Worcester, MA.
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.
Susan M. Quinn MS, ARNP, NNP-BC
Susan Quinn is a full-time Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and educator. Susan graduated from Northeastern University in Boston as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in 1996.
She currently works full-time as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and is clinical faculty at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She is presently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing (DNP) from University of Connecticut and will graduate in May 2015. Her research for her doctoral dissertation is examining “In Utero Arsenic Exposure and Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Term Infants: A Pilot study”.
Susan also developed and taught the first pharmacology course for the post-mater’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program at UConn in 2013. She has also been adjunct faculty at UConn and Castleton State College in VT teaching courses within the schools of nursing.
She is an active member of National Association of Neonatal Nurses. Her research abstract “In Utero Arsenic Exposure and Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Term Infants: A Pilot Study was recently accepted for presentation at NANN’s 10th Annual Research Summit in March 2015.