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).
Sandra Bellini Neonatal Nursing Masrer’s Online FaultyDr. 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.