Francine Bono-Neri

Francine Bono-Neri is the recipient of the 2019 Jane Eleanor Knox Scholarship. Francine earned her BSN in 1992 from Adelphi University, after which she began her nursing career as a PICU staff nurse. Falling in love with pediatrics and the ICU, Francine decided to advance her career. In 1997, she graduated cum laude from New York University, earning her MA and title as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Francine worked her entire career in pediatric critical care, until her transition into academia occurred in 2015.

In academia Francine has had a well rounded experience that includes adjunct nursing faculty for baccalaureate programs, Kaplan Nursing Faculty of NCLEX-RN preparatory classes for students seeking initial RN licensure, and nursing program Founding Chair and Director. In addition, Francine serves on the Board of Trustees for NYSMDA, acting as a consultant for curriculum development and design, maintenance of organizational infrastructure, and policy development and modification.

Ms Bono-Neri is involved with numerous professional organizations. She is a member of the 2018-2020 American Nurses Association-NY (ANA-NY) Board of Directors, serving as a Director-at-Large, as well as board liaison to both the Legislation and Membership Committees. In addition, she is a member of the 2018-2020 board of the Long Island Chapter of NAPNAP. Furthermore, Francine was inducted as an Associate Member into the New York Academy of Medicine and, likewise, as a Nurse Leader into Sigma Theta Tau International.

In addition to serving the nursing profession, Francine is actively engaged in serving her local school district and community, as well. She has served on her children’s elementary school PTA board for 8 years in the capacity as both Vice President and President. She has worked closely with the Superintendent, Board of Education, and school principals to implement various events and programs, helping to enrich the students’ educational journeys. Francine has organized numerous, large-scale fundraisers for community members to help alleviate financial burdens secondary to life-altering events. For her efforts, Francine was recognized as a Founder’s Day honoree and was awarded a Nassau County Legislature Citation for her extraordinary efforts in serving the students and members of her hometown community.

Pediatrics and academia remain her current and future sources for her scholarly work. A PhD candidate at Molloy College, Francine is in a program with emphasis on health policy, leadership, research and education, all of which align with her goals to become a nurse scientist, health policy advocate, leader, and academician. She is a published author, and her podium and poster presentations are dedicated to her research and advocacy efforts surrounding the topic of Infant Safe Sleep, SUID and SIDS. She is engaged in health policy and the political arena on both state and national levels. Her collaborative work with Sen. Bob Casey’s (D-PA) staff and a national safe sleep initiative are helping to raise awareness and put forth preventative measures for this vulnerable infant population to reduce sleep-related deaths. It is her hope that she can greatly impact heath policy and these staggering SUID numbers through her future research endeavors.