undergraduate degree is in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She
obtained her M.S. in Nursing from the University of Maryland and her EdD from
the University of North Florida. At UNF, she holds the title of Associate
Professor and Program Director for the Accelerated Nursing program.
Cindy has worked
with a community based partner since coming to UNF in 2008. She began by
working with the American Red Cross and then transitioned from that group to
Volunteers Nurses in Wellness, which she has been with since 2010 and
Volunteers in Medicine since 2013. In 2015, she began work with the Arc
Jacksonville, a group which works with persons with intellectual and
developmental disabilities. Her community experiences have been to
work closely with the partners to understand their needs and to guide students
to help the partner meet those needs. The students are part of a home base
program, in which they work 18 hours for 2 semesters and then complete 80 hours
with their partner in the final semester. So, the students work for one year
with their community partner. Currently, Cindy's students are working with the
Arc Village to enhance nursing student knowledge of this resident population
and to educate the residents on requested classes.
The community scholar
project that Cindy worked on during the 2016-2017 academic year focused on the
Arc Village. The project aimed for nursing students to become familiar with
residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. An attitude survey
was administered, as well as an informational power-point. The students worked
with the residents and also presented topics of interest to the residents.
Examples of artifacts submitted
by Cindy include: Scholarly paper on Arc Village Jacksonville; Poster on
Arc Village; PDFs on student presentations of Lessons of Love and Conflict
Resolution; and an example of a student community log.