Lillian Sonnenschein began her career as a Coronary Intensive Care (CCU) nurse and received her certification in Critical Care Nursing (CCRN: Critical Care RN) in 1984 which she held for eight years. She has also practiced nursing in the areas of Medical Surgical, Geriatrics, Maternal/Child Health and in Substance Abuse Detoxification Nursing.
She served as a Legal Nurse Consultant for many years in the area of Operative Nursing. She has been teaching Nursing at the undergraduate level for over 20 years in Massachusetts and in Rhode Island, and has taught in the areas of Nursing Leadership, Public/Community Health, Pediatric, Psychiatric, Perioperative and Fundamentals of Nursing. Additionally, she has taught courses for registered nurses seeking bachelorís degrees in nursing as well as licensed practical nurses seeking their associate degrees in nursing. She has been teaching at the College of Nursing at URI as per course faculty and then full time since 1999, and currently teaches and leads/coordinates the Nursing Leadership Course.
She was honored with an award for "Volunteer of the Year" from Rhode Island State Nurses (RISNA), is a member of Sigma Theta Tau: Delta Upsilon Chapter, is a member of the Association for Community Health Nurse Educators, and currently sits on the Health Advisory Board at Cranston Head Start. She has worked/volunteered services at low income housing units in Providence with vulnerable populations for many years.