Sanabella Restaino

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Associate Professor


311 Marshall



  • Ph.D., Nursing Practice in Nursing Science, Oakland University
  • MSN, Community Health Nursing, University of Michigan
  • BSN, Eastern Michigan University
  • Associates, Applied Science Degree in Nursing, Wayne County Community College


  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Advanced Critical Care. A Comparison of Ultrasound and Chest Radiograph: Post Removal of Chest Tubes in a Cardiac Surgery Population. In review.
  • F.A. Davis Pocket Guide to Herbs and Supplements (2009). Chapter Review


  • Leadership Pearls and Wisdom in New Orleans at the AANP National Conference (June, 2015)
  • MLSA - Using Technology Internationally in the Classroom, Feb., 2015.
  • NSA - Wisdom and Pearls of ICU Nursing.
  • AANP - International IPE Cultural Learning Experience, June, 2015.
  • STTI - Puerto Rico, International Cultural Awareness Learning Experience.
  • Oakland University- Poster Competition, 2009. A Comparison of Ultrasound and Chest Radiograph: Post Chest Tube Removal in the Cardiothoracic Patient Population. Poster Presentation
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society, 2009. 40th Biennial research convention. A Comparison of Ultrasound and Chest Radiograph: Post Chest Tube Removal in a Cardiac Surgery Population. Poster Presentation
  • Henry Ford Health System. 2007–2009. FCCS, courses taught includes EKG interpretation, Arrhythmia treatment, and interventions. Hemodynamic parameter monitoring and treatments. Pharmacokinetics of Isotropic, Vasopressors, and Vasodilator agents. Speaker Presentation
  • Thoracic and cardiac ultrasound. Speaker Presentation
  • Oakwood Hospital. 2000. Care of Ventriculostomies with emphasis on traveling off the unit.
  • Oakwood Hospital. 1999–2003. 12 Lead EKG. Critical Care Core Competency course. Speaker Presentation

Professional Awards and Recognition

  • Distinguished Alumni 2010
  • Henry Ford Health System, Nurse Practitioner of the Year, 2009
  • Oakland University, Poster Competition entry "A Comparison of Ultrasound and Chest Radiograph: Post Chest Tube Removal in The Cardiothoracic Patient Population", Scientific Merit, 2009
  • Nomination for Nurse Practitioner State Award, 2008, 2009
  • Wayne County Community College, Vice President of Nursing Class
  • Eastern Michigan University, Dean Circle of Excellence, 2000–2001

Clinical/Professional Expertise

  • Director and pioneer of Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit
  • Director of Trauma and Critical Care Medicine
  • Labor and delivery
  • Burn ICU
  • International healthcare with a focus on the Caribbean and Latin America
  • Study abroad projects
  • Inter professional educational projects
  • Health assessment
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Leadership
  • Research with focus on international healthcare
  • Community health

Scholarly/Research Interests

Teaching Interests

  • Interprofessional education in international healthcare
  • International healthcare study abroad
  • Medical Spanish
  • Advanced pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Leadership
  • Using technology in the classroom to enhance international healthcare

Research Interests

  • International healthcare using an interprofessional model for study abroad student learning
  • Teaching strategies
  • Problem-based learning
  • Skype with international faculty
  • Games
  • Student based learning


  • Registered Nurse (RN), Michigan
  • Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner (NP-C), Michigan
  • DEA # Controlled Substance Drug Enforcement Agency schedules 2-5
  • Cardiac Surgery Certification (CSC)
  • Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS) Instructor
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)
  • Thoracic Ultrasound
  • Human Immune Deficiency (HIV) Test Counselor