Alumni Awards Spotlight: Cindy Bacon

Cindy Bacon, PhD ’12

G.O.L.D. (Graduate of the Last Decade)

Dr. Cindy Bacon earned her PhD in Nursing in 2012 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. She is currently employed as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) School of Nursing. She has worked in academia for 6 years specializing in nursing leadership and management. Prior to that she was a nurse leader for 25 years in several acute care hospitals in such roles as nurse manager, nurse educator and clinical nurse. Her research centers on improving the work environment for nurses, particularly in the areas of safety, work complexity, and nurses’ participation in decision making, and the effects of these factors on nurse and patient outcomes. Dr. Bacon has received more than $16,000 in internal research funding to date and has submitted external grant applications to several agencies including the American Nurses Foundation, Sigma Theta Tau, the American Organization of Nurse Executives Foundation and the Duke Endowment. She has published in top peer-reviewed journals in the field including Research in Nursing and Health, Journal of Nursing Administration, Nursing Administration Quarterly and the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. In this capacity Dr. Bacon is helping shape nurse leaders’ management of quality and safety issues in today’s challenging acute care nursing practice. Dr. Bacon has been recognized for her excellence in research and in teaching. In 2015 she was presented with the Junior Researcher of the Year award from the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University School of Nursing and in 2017 she received the Excellence in Nursing Education award from the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Gamma Zeta Chapter. She has many terrific memories of her tenure as a doctoral student at UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing and will forever be thankful for the strong foundation in nursing excellence received there.