Sandra Mesics, RN, MSN, CNM
Director, St. Luke’s School of Nursing

Sandra MesicsFor fifteen years, Sandra Mesics has been director of St. Luke’s School of Nursing, the oldest continually operating nursing school in the country. Assigned male at birth, Mesics made a medical transition in the early 1970s and became active in the Transsexual Action Organization, the first national organization representing the transgender community. She is recognized by linguists as one of the first individuals to use the term “transgender,” which appeared in Image Magazine, an early transgender publication for which she served as publisher and executive editor.

In the early 1990s when the AIDS epidemic hit the LGBT community, Mesics and her spouse were compelled to form the team that created the St. Stephen’s AIDS ministry in Miami, Florida, providing housing and medical-related support to AIDS victims.

This experience sparked a passion for patient care. Mesics graduated from Barry University, becoming a registered nurse, and earned a masters degree in nurse-midwifery from the University of Miami. Mesics joined St. Luke’s University Health Network as a nursing instructor before being named the director of the School of Nursing.

She has served as treasurer of the Pennsylvania League for Nursing and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, the National Coalition of Hospital-Associated Schools and Colleges of Nursing, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, and the Abortion Care Network.

Her research focuses on workforce diversity, specifically efforts to increase the number of Latinex and African American registered nurses. Mesics’ current scholarly inquiry involves utilizing the Myers-Briggs personality inventory to facilitate nursing education.

Mesics lives in Bethlehem with her spouse, Sara, with their two cats, Biscuit and Annie. She and Sara were among the first same-gender couples to receive a Pennsylvania marriage license in 2013.


Michele D. Albert


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