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Cynthia L Cummings

Associate Professor

Nursing | Brooks College of Health

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

International Presentations
Refereed Papers
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         resentation at Sigma Theta Tau 22nd International Research Congress, July 2011
Cummings, C. ( 2012) From Simulation to Practice: Preparing Students for Real World Nursing Practice. Accepted for presentation at NETNEP International Conference, June, 2012
Cummings, C. (2012) What can be learned from Clinical Simulation? Poster presentation at NETNEP International Conference, June 2012
Cummings, C. (2012) From Simulation to Practice: Student Readiness. Accepted for Poster Presentation at INACSL Conference, June 2012Cummings, C. (2013) Nurse Educator Perception of Clinical Simulation. Poster presentation at Sigma Theta Tau Region 7 Conference, February 2013.
Cummings, C. (2013). Nurse Educator Perception of Nursing Graduates. Presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2013.
Cummings, C. & Connelly, L. (2014). Utilizing delegation and priority setting in clinical simulation. Presentation at Sigma Theta Tau Research conference, Jacksonville, Fl, February 2014.
Cummings, C. & Connelly, L. (2014). Utilizing delegation and priority setting with simulation. Accepted for presentation at the INACSL conference, Orlando, Fl, June, 2014.

Invited Presentations

Cummings, C. (2014) Medical Errors, American Red Cross Forum, May 2014.
Cummings, C. (2013). Educator Perception of Nursing Graduates, JANIE, November, 2013.
Cummings, C. (2013). Disaster Sheltering. American Red Cross, Jacksonville, September, 2013.
Cummings, C. (2013) Dissemination of research findings. St. Vincent’s Southside Research council, September, 2013.
Cummings, C. (2013) Infection Control in Sheltering. Red Cross Nursing Forum, June, 2013.
Cummings, C. (2012) Pharmacology management with Cardiopulmonary patients, Brooks Rehab Hospital, Multidisciplinary Rehab Conference, September, 2012
Cummings, C. (2012) Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research, St. Vincent’s Southside, Jacksonville
Cummings, C. (2012). What can be learned from Clinical Simulation? Sigma Theta Tau Research Conference, Jacksonville
Cummings, C. (2012) Medical Errors, Red Cross Nursing Forum, Jacksonville
Cummings, C. and  Holder, M. (2012) Bridging the Gap between QSEN Competencies and Student Practice, JANIE Conference, Jacksonville 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.

Refereed Publications

Journal Articles

Cummings, C. (2014). Evaluating Clinical Simulation. Nursing Forum, acceptance awaiting publication.
Cummings, C. (2013). Nurse Educator Perception of Student Readiness. Nurse Leader, 11, 6, 54-58.
Cummings, C. (2012). What factors affect nursing retention in the acute care setting? Journal of Research in
Nursing, 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.

Contact Information

Building 039A, Room 3100

(904) 620-1626