Sonja Tennaro, Ed.D., R.N.

Biographical Sketch·
At the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary since 1994 as Vice President for Nursing. In 1995 the role was enhanced to include departments of Pharmacy, Social Service, Medical Library, Physician Assistant’s, Vision Correction Center, Medical Photography and Central Supply Service and job title changed to Vice President, Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer.

At Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood, New Jersey from 1976 to 1994 was in senior nursing management and ultimately was the Chief Nursing Officer, Vice President for Nursing and was responsible for all inpatient and outpatient Nursing Departments, Central Sterile Services, Home Health and Hospice Services, School of Nursing and Continuing Nursing Education and Perioperative Services.

From 1973 to 1976 worked in Beth Israel Hospital, Passaic, New Jersey as the Director/Assistant Administrator Nursing Service responsible for Nursing Service, O.R.’s, Nursing Education and Respiratory Therapy.

From 1965 to 1973 worked at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey as the Assistant Director and then Director of Surgical Specialties, Pediatrics and Maternal and Child Health Nursing.

From 1960 to 1964 worked at Englewood Hospital, Englewood, New Jersey as Staff Nurse, Assistant Medical Surgical Instructor and Assistant Head Nurse.


Doctorate in Nursing Education - Nursing Organization Executive Role, 1993, Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York

Johnson & Johnson Wharton Nursing Fellow Graduate, 1992

Master of Education in Nursing Organization Executive Role, 1989
Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York

Master of Arts in Nursing Administration, 1965
Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York

Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude), 1964
Boston University, Boston Massachusetts

Diploma, 1960
Englewood Hospital School of Nursing, Englewood, New Jersey


American Nurses Association
American Organization of Nurse Executives
N.Y. Organization of Nurse Executives
Deans and Directors of New York
Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Zeta Chapter
Alumnae Association, Englewood Hospital School of Nursing

"Effects of a Collaborative Practice Design in an Acute Care Setting on
Professional Autonomy and Patient Care Outcomes"

Poster session at Isabel Stewart Conference
Teachers College, Columbia University, April 1993
Conference Chairperson, International Conference for Nursing December 1st and 2nd, 1995 The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary


Certification, Advanced Nursing Administration, A.N.A., 1980 to present
Certified Healthcare Executive (C.H.E.) by the American College of Health Care Executives