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Cynthia Stinson, Ph.D.

Cynthia Stinson, Ph.D. — Nursing Department Chair

"I really enjoy the feeling I get when a student understands a concept – and I have helped them understand."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Texas Woman's University Houston
  • MSN – UTMB Galveston
  • BSN – Lamar University
  • AD – Lamar University

Career Highlights:
I was able to go as an invited guest to conduct research on reminiscence and its effect on depression in older adults to 12,000 Swedish citizens in 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2005, I was able to go to San Diego with Dr. Robinson as invited guests of the Navy to inspect naval ships and submarines before they were sent to Iraq for medical purposes.

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?
Master of Science in Nursing.

Which classes do you teach online?
Curriculum, Pathophysiology

Why did you start teaching?
I have always enjoyed teaching. I really enjoy the feeling I get when a student understands a concept – and I have helped them understand.

What's the best advice that you ever received?
Don't spend time looking back. Go forward. Live in the present. You can't change yesterday. You only have today, this minute, this moment.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?
Stay organized. Don't wait to the last minute to start an assignment or project. Don't be too hard on yourself. Realize you can't be perfect at everything.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Great Influenza by John M. Barry

What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?
Organization, an inquisitive nature and a never-give-up attitude.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the nursing profession face today?
I think the biggest challenge is keeping up with changes and all the information that is posted or written every day. Just about the time you think you know what you should do, it changes.

Tell us something your student may not know about you.
I graduated with my Ph.D. in December, 2006. In January, 2007, I was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive breast cancer. I had six months of chemotherapy, 45 rounds of radiation, and three surgeries. I have been cancer free since then. I use every time I teach to help students learn knowledge that will help them to make a difference in a patient's lives – I know because I was that patient who needed someone to make a difference in my life.

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