By Daphne Larkin
New to the School of Nursing faculty this fall, Cynthia McCormack earned her Master of Science in Nursing Education degree from Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies in 2015. She completed her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Vermont and spent the last four years working as an ICU nurse in Salt Lake City, Utah, and in Burlington, Vermont. Her passions lie in global health, and she continues to pursue that interest whenever she can. McCormack traveled and studied abroad throughout her undergraduate career, studying women’s health in Belize, community health in Bangladesh, and coordinating mobile clinic service trips in Ecuador throughout college. She recently traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, with an organization to volunteer as a post-operative ICU nurse for patients receiving heart valve surgery due to rheumatic heart disease.
“All of the service work that I have done has been incredibly fulfilling and confirming that my passion is in public health: increasing access to care and improving healthcare systems,” she said.
McCormack also enjoys working for the National Outdoor Leadership School as a seasonal educator in the wilderness setting. At the National Outdoor Leadership School, she teaches a comprehensive leadership and backcountry/wilderness skills curriculum and is able to coach students in groups and in personal development while navigating beautiful backcountry settings. McCormack plans to pursue a PhD in the near future and hopes to focus on telemedicine as a means to pursue her passion for improving access to care as medical systems continue to evolve.
Here’s a brief Q&A conducted with McCormack:
How has your first year at Norwich gone so far?
My first year at Norwich has been wonderful. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all of the students and faculty in the School of Nursing.
You spent Spring Break in Nicaragua – what did you do there?
I went to Nicaragua with my director, Paulette Thabault, to assist with mobile health clinics through a partnering organization. We are hoping to develop international study abroad opportunities for students in the School of Nursing in the near future!
You are planning to accompany the group headed to the Philippines in May through the Center for Civic Engagement; what do you hope to accomplish there?
I am really looking forward to the trip to the Philippines in May. I am co-advising this trip with two other Norwich faculty and will personally be overseeing the community health project that we will be implementing there. We will be teaching CPR, first aid, and information about other health considerations to some of the local community health workers.
How do you see Norwich’s nursing program playing a role in global health issues?
I have been passionate about global health for all of my student and adult life and am very excited about the potential for the School of Nursing to get involved with global health work. I see a huge opportunity to develop avenues for students to learn about global health issues while providing care to those in need. Global health work and service-learning were my inspirations throughout nursing school when I was a student, and into my professional career. I hope to continue sharing my passion with students here at Norwich as we develop opportunities in the School of Nursing.