Connie Sobon-Sensor, PhD(c), MSN, RN, CTN-A
Connie Sobon-Sensor is honored to serve as secretary for STTI. She believes in the power of nursing to improve the health of the world’s people. Ms. Sobon-Sensor has been certified as an Advanced-level Transcultural Nurse (CTN-A) since 2003. She is a recognized expert in the power of culturally responsive nursing to meet the challenges of a global society, focusing on cultural health beliefs and practices, cultural etiquette, and strategies to gain acceptance into ethnic communities. She has published and presented widely on culturally competent health care, leadership and global health initiatives, including the UN Millennium Development Goals. Her current research explores the cultural beliefs, practices and experiences of immigrant populations related to health. Past research includes exploring the relationship between suburban adolescents’ attitudes toward violence, personal exposure to violence, television viewing of violence and ethnicity.
Ms. Sobon-Sensor is a PhD candidate at Seton Hall University with a research focus on global health and the power of culturally responsive nursing. She received an MSN in Clinical Management with a focus in Transcultural Nursing from Kean University, a BSN from New Jersey City University, and a diploma in nursing from the Englewood Hospital School of Nursing.
She has held many clinical positions in nursing, and currently works as a Certified School Nurse in a large urban public school district in Union, N.J., USA. Ms. Sobon-Sensor has been teaching nursing at Kean University since 2001, and was chosen by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as one of 15 faculty/student research mentor pairs that participated in a Genomics Short Course at NIH in 2008. She has certified expertise in Adult Critical Care (CCRN), School Health and Transcultural Nursing. She has extensive clinical experience in critical care and emergency nursing, School Health Nursing and nursing supervision.
Ms. Sobon-Sensor has leadership experience at all levels of STTI. She is a charter member of Kappa Eta Chapter of STTI (1988) and a member of Gamma Nu Chapter. She was appointed to the United Nations Task Force for the 2009-2011 Biennium, and she presently serves as the Board liaison to the UN & Global Health Advisory Council. She has judged international and chapter awards for STTI. Regionally, Connie was elected for two terms as North America Region 14 Coordinator (N.Y. and N.J.), where she had a leadership role in promoting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) by facilitating membership learning experiences and membership presence at programs at the UN. She served for seven years as Coordinator of the NJ Consortium of STTI Chapters, promoting collaborative programming among chapters. Ms. Sobon-Sensor initiated development of an ongoing regional Service Leadership Project in the Dominican Republic that has supported more than a dozen trips to the DR, with participation of more than 300 nurses, who have served over 30,000 people in need of professional health care. At the chapter level, she was President and Treasurer of the Key-Award winning Kappa Eta chapter at New Jersey City University, and has held many committee positions.
She has been an active member of professional nursing communities. She served as President and Member-at-Large for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Transcultural Nursing Society. She was Secretary for Region 3 of the NJ State Nurses Association, and was appointed National Public Policy Workgroup member and regional Public Policy Advisor for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) where she promoted the organization’s public policy agenda & empowered chapter members to influence policy development related critical care nursing and health.
In addition to professional endeavors, Ms. Sobon-Sensor has been participating in Women’s Sprint Triathlons since 2008. She enjoys time spent outdoors swimming, biking and running. She is a leader in the Triwomen group, where she mentors women new to the sport of Triathlon, ultimately empowering communities of healthier women as role models for their families. She is an advocate for Breast Cancer Awareness and has participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in NYC since 2006. Ms. Sobon-Sensor and her husband, Tim, have four sons, and she is grateful for the never-ending support of her family.