Areas of Expertise
8/07-present Assistant Professor, University of North Florida
8/08-present: Coordinator of the Accelerated Nursing Program, University of North Florida
8/98- present Adjunct Instructor, Jacksonville University
1/96-5/02 Nursing Faculty, Florida Community College, Jacksonville
8/00-5/02 Senior Level Course Coordinator, Florida Community College, Jacksonville
4/81-1/85 Nursing Faculty, Maryland General School of Nursing
8/07-7/08 Nursing Staff in the SICU at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville
5/02-8/07 Nurse Manager of the SICU/MICU at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville
8/95-1/96 Director Superior Health Care, Jacksonville
4/94-8/95 Director Olsten Kimberly Quality Care, Jacksonville
8/93-4/94 Assistant Nurse Manager, Baptist Medical Center, Jacksonville
1/85-8/93 Director of Professional Services, North Arundel Hospital, Glen Burnie, Md.
6/78-4/81 Staff Nurse, North Arundel Hospital and St. Agnes Medical Center, Md.
2009: Doctor in Educational Leadership, University of North Florida
Dissertation: The Effect of Moral Distress on Nursing Retention in the Acute Care Setting
1985: Master in Science in Nursing, University of Maryland
Major: Nursing Education
Minor: Medical-Surgical Nursing
1978: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Maryland
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, September 2011
Great 100 Nurses of Northeast Florida, May 2007.
Speaker of the Year, North Arundel Hospital, May 1992.
Academic Programs Committee, University of North Florida, 3/09-present
Admissions, Promotions and Graduation committee, University of North Florida, 8/07-present.
Convocation program chair, University of North Florida, 12/07-present.
Research and Scholarly activity committee, University of North Florida, 1/08-present.
DNP project committee for Deborah Christeleit, April 2011
Master’s Thesis committee for Stephanie Mouzon & Angela Patterson, 2011-2012
American Nurses Association/Florida Nurses Association 2007-present
Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Rho chapter, UNF vice president 2008-present
Pi Lambda Theta 2008-present
Jacksonville Association of Nurse Educators, co-chair 2002-2006, 2009-present
American Association of Critical Care Nurses 2004-present
Association of Nurse Executives 2003-2007
American Red Cross, Jacksonville, Nurse Council student liaison 2007-present
Publications & Presentations
LECTURES, SPEECHES, PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES
Cummings, C. (2009). The effect of moral distress and nursing retention. Accepted for presentation at Sigma
Theta Tau International 42nd. Biennial Convention, Nov., 2009.
Cummings, C. (2010) Nurses Intent to Stay in the Acute Care Setting. Accepted for presentation at Sigma Theta
Tau International Research Convention, July 2010.
Cummings, C. (2011) Incorporating a High Fidelity Simulation into the Adult Health Curriculum. Accepted for presentation at Sigma Theta Tau 22nd International Research Congress, July 2011
Cummings, C. (2011) Compassion Fatigue and Moral Distress in the Workplace, Stress Management Seminar,
St. Vincent’s Hospital, Jacksonville
Cummings, C. (2010) Moral Distress and Workplace Stress, Northeast Florida Organization of Nurse
Educators, Orlando, Fl.
Cummings, C. (2010). What is essential for an RN to remain in the acute care setting? Jacksonville Area Nurse
Educators Spring Conference, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville
Cummings, C. (2009). Caring for cardiac patients in the rehab setting. Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital,
Cummings, C. (2009). Mentoring and workplace issues. Sigma Theta Tau meeting, UNF, Jacksonville
Cummings, C. (2009). Nursing workplace issues. Mayo Clinic manager workshop, Mayo, Jacksonville
Cummings, C. (2009). Nursing retention issues. Nurse manager workshops, Shands, Jacksonville.
Cummings, C. (2009). Issues in the nursing workplace. American Red Cross, Jacksonville.
Cummings, C. (2009). Issues with nursing retention. Jacksonville Area Nurse Educators, Jacksonville.
Sorensen, C. (2007). Implementation of a rapid response team. Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Jacksonville.
Sorensen, C. (2007). Interpreting structure, function and commonality coefficients. Southeastern
Research Association Conference, San Antonio, Tx.
Sorensen, C. (2006). Improving achievement motivation in undergraduate nursing students. Southeastern
Research Association Conference, New Orleans, La.
Cummings, C. (2011). The effect of stressors on nursing retention in the acute care setting. Journal of Nursing
Research, 16, 6, 490-501.
Cummings, C. (2010) Moral distress and the nursing experience. Nurse Leader, 8, 6, 37-40.
Cummings, C. (2009). The effect of moral distress on nursing retention. Nursing Management. accepted for
publication in 2009.
Burger, C., Divertie, G., Hampton, K., & Sorensen, C. (2008). The process and results of implementing the
ventilator bundle in ventilator pneumonia. Respiratory Therapy, 2(6), 23-26.
Burgess, J., Patel, R., & Sorensen, C. (2004). Nurse-physician collaboration. Nursing Spectrum, 4, 891-893.
Sorensen, C. (1999). Signs of Spring. Angels on Earth. 4, 31-34.