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Cynthia McCurren, PhD RN FNAP

Cynthia McCurren

Office Location
Cook Devos Center for Health Sciences
301 Michigan St., NE
Room: 300 CHS
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Office Phone: 331-3558
GVSU Email:

Ph.D., Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.
M.S. in Nursing, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
B.S.N., School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.

Honors and Achievements
Annual Nursing Achievement Award, West Michigan Nursing Advisory Council, 2009
West Michigan’s Business Review's Top 20 Women in Health Care May 2009

Teaching Interests
Gerontological Nursing
Interprofessional education/health care reform

Professional Memberships
Midwest Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large
American Nurses Association
Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives
Michigan Association of Colleges of Nursing

Center of Distinction Membership
The Aging Population: Best Practices

Scholarship/Research Interests
Developing education/practice partnerships.
Education strategies for interprofessional education.
Recruitment and retention of minority students in nursing education.
Outcomes measurement in clinical practice.
Depression in older adults.

Research Projects/Grants
McCurren, C. (2008). Retention of Minority Nursing Students: Development of a Student Peer Support Model. Michigan Department of Community Health/Michigan Public Health Institute - $6,000.00.

Selected Publications
McCurren, C. (2006). Book review: Burnside’s Working with Older Adults: Group Process and Techniques (4th ed.), Western Journal of Nursing Research, 28(7), 886-887.

Holland, B. & McCurren, C. (2005). Health promotion in older adults. For J. Black & J. Hawks (Eds.) Medical-Surgical Nursing: Clinical Management for Positive Outcomes, 7th edition, St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.

Binkley, C., Furr, A., Carrico, R., & McCurren, C. (2004). Survey of oral care practices in US intensive care units. American Journal of Infection Control, 32(3), 161-169.

Furr, L. A., Binkley, C. J., McCurren, C., Carrico, R. (2004). Issues and innovations in nursing practice: Factors affecting quality of oral care in intensive care units. Journal of Advance Nursing, 48(5), 454-462.

Carter-Gentry, D. & McCurren, C. (2004). Organ procurement from the perspective of operating room nurses. AORN Journal, 80(3), 417-431.