Professor Roberta Connell graduated from Rhode Island College with her BS in Nursing. She began her nursing career as a staff nurse on a medical-surgical floor at South County Hospital where she transitioned to the Intensive Care Unit and later also worked in pediatrics, maternity and as a nursing supervisor for 11 years. Returning to school she received her Masters in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island.
Her first nurse educator position was as an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Rhode Island, teaching in Junior Medical-Surgical nursing both as a classroom and clinical instructor. She then applied and was accepted as faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas where she taught Junior Medical-Surgical Nursing. Upon her return to Rhode Island in 2006, she was hired by the Community College of Rhode Island to teach in ADNU 2040 since. Her area of specialty is medical-surgical nursing.
She belongs to American Nurses Association; Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, Delta Upsilon Chapter; American Association of Neurological Nurses.