St. Bonaventure University

DePerro School of Health Professions Faculty

Perkins, Connie J.

Connie Perkins, founding director of nursing programs at SBU

DePerro School of Health Professions

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Francis Hall 241
  • Core ASN courses at first and second year.
  • BSN: Professional Concepts in Nursing (hybrid format); Ethical Issues in Healthcare (online); NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-LPN test preparation (both online and face-to-face) for Kaplan Test Prep
  • BSN: Nursing Leadership (hybrid); Nursing Writing Workshop (online)
  • MSN: Healthcare Policy and Ethics (hybrid); Nursing Writing Workshop (online)
  • TTI Success Insights Emotional Quotient Certified, 2019.
  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League for Nursing certification, 2018.
  • Ph.D. in Nursing Education, Capella University, 2016; Dissertation: Associate Nurse Admission Status and Baccalaureate Enrollment Influence: A Rural Pennsylvania Study, 2016.
  • MSN in Nursing Leadership and Administration, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, 2013.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, 2010
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania and New York;
  • Worked as a charge nurse, nurse preceptor, and nursing supervisor at UPMC Cole; current member of the Board of Trustees at UPMC Cole
  • Worked in most inpatient units: medical-surgical, intensive care unit, maternity, emergency department, inpatient behavioral health, and orthopedics. 

Published Articles   
  • Perkins, C. (2021, April). No kidding: Bedsores. ANA-New York Nurse, 5(4) p. 5. Go to PDF
  • Perkins, C. (2021, July). No kidding: PPDs. ANA-New York Nurse, 6(1) p. 18. Go to PDF
  • Perkins, C. (2021, October). No kidding: Hypotension. ANA-New York Nurse, 6(2), p. 8. Go to PDF
  • Perkins, C. (2022, January). No kidding: Therapy. ANA-New York Nurse, 6(3), p. 4. Go to PDF
  • Perkins, C. (2022, April). No kidding: Bedpan. ANA-New York Nurse, 6(4), p. 16. Go to PDF
  • Perkins, C. (2022, July). No kidding: Crowning. ANA-New York Nurse, 6(5), p. 15. Go to PDF
  • Perkins, C. (2021, August). Emotional intelligence takes practice. American Nurse Journal, 16(8) pp. 49-51, 60. Go to article
  • Perkins, C. (2022, January). Documenting dilemmas via email. American Nurse Journal, 17(1) pp. 58-59. Go to article
  • Perkins, C. (2021, October 28). To err is human. Physician Outlook Magazine, Vol. 7 pp. 14-17. Go to article
  • Perkins, C. (2022, May 26). St. Bonaventure director of nursing shares program history. TAPintoGreater Olean. Go to article


  • Guest speaker, Upper Allegany Health System, Nurses Week 2019. Presentation titled "The Nursing Profession: A Recipe in the Making." 
  • Inaugural Nursing Symposium speaker, spring 2020. Topic: Emotional Intelligence, Mind Over Mood. Event helped raise awareness and funds for a South Sudan medical clinic.
  • SUNY Empire State College's Learning with Innovative Technology (LIT) Conference, July 22, 2022. Presented "Nurse's Eye View" with SBU nursing faculty colleagues Suzanne Soltysik and Erin Lundeen.
  • NYONL Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference, Sept 11-13, 2022, in Tarrytown, NY. Poster titled "Emotional Quotient™ (EQ) Results in a Post-Licensure Nursing Program."
  • ANA-NY Conference, Niagara Falls, NY, Oct. 28, 2022, “Master’s Entry to Practice (MEP): An Efficient Pathway to Grow the Nursing Profession in NYS”
  • AACN Transform Conference, Chicago, Illinois,  Dec. 1, 2022, “Evidence-Based Classroom Observation Technique (EBCOT): An Interdisciplinary Mentorship Opportunity;” and Dec. 2, 2022, “Advancing Academic Excellence: Building a National Consortium to Advance Family Caregiving Competencies in Nursing Education”
Additional Biographical Information
    I was born and raised in Shinglehouse, Pa., and truly believe in “blooming where you are planted.” My husband is also a registered nurse local to Shinglehouse. We have a daughter named Rubianne. I have a passion for rural health and community inclusion.