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R-MC Names Chair of Proposed Bachelor of Nursing Program



Jun 11, 2018

6/11/18

Cindy RubensteinRandolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren is pleased to announce that the college has named Cynthia "Cindy" Rubenstein, Ph.D., RN, CPNP-PC, chair of its proposed Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) program. The college has formally submitted its application to establish a Bachelor of Nursing program to the Virginia Board of Nursing. The nursing program application is now pending Board of Nursing approval. This step is critical towards the formation of this new program, proposed to begin in fall 2019.

"Dr. Rubenstein has extensive experience as a nurse clinician, educator and administrator, most recently serving as associate dean for the undergraduate program at Georgia Baptist College of Nursing of Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia," says Lindgren. "She has successfully developed and implemented BSN program expansions, curricular revisions, and program delivery methods at Mercer University, and in her prior appointment at James Madison University as the undergraduate program director. We look forward to having her share her expertise and guidance with our students as we move forward with our BSN program."

A Strong Educational Pathway
Rubenstein says, "By establishing a BSN program, Randolph-Macon College recognizes the importance of providing a strong educational pathway to meet the Virginia nursing workforce needs. Building a nursing program that emphasizes a liberal arts and science foundation gives graduates an edge in caring for diverse patients as well as competence in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to improve quality and safety in clinical practice."

Dr. Cindy Rubenstein
Rubenstein earned her B.S.N. from University of Virginia, her M.S.N. from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Ph.D. from Villanova University.

Highlights of her curricular innovations include phased-in integration of iPad technology into the BSN program and academic/practice partnership initiatives; fostering collaborations with clinical agency partners; and creating nursing student fellowship and scholar programs to facilitate practice transition and retention of new BSN graduates.

Rubenstein, who serves as accreditation site visitor for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, was a 2012 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership in Academic Nursing Program fellow and the 2013 recipient of the AACN Excellence in Teaching Innovation Award.

A certified pediatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience in pediatric primary care, she has led and served on mission and study abroad courses focusing on pediatric health and wellness in Haiti and Kenya. She currently volunteers as a provider for Remote Area Medical to deliver medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals in Virginia and throughout the United States.

Rubenstein's established research and scholarship trajectory includes clinical pediatrics and nursing education. Outcomes of her studies and grants have been published in peer-reviewed professional journals and presented at national conferences. She is the author of a peer-reviewed book chapter in Public Health Nursing and serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing.

In addition to internal and private grant funding awards, Rubenstein served as a sub-investigator on a $3.4 million USDA/USDHHS grant at James Madison University to develop an online nutrition educational program for WIC (Women, Infants & Children) families in Virginia. She currently serves as co-investigator on a second HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity Program grant, Dedicated to Diversity: Risk to Resiliency. The project's retention interventions address academic, social, physical and mental health, financial, and professional needs of diverse and disadvantaged undergraduate nursing students.

Living and Learning at R-MC
The new nursing major and BSN degree will be an outstanding complement to the college's over 54 current academic offerings. The program will integrate the college's liberal arts tradition as it prepares students to work as collaborative members of interdisciplinary healthcare teams. Nursing students will develop essential skills as they gain a deep knowledge of the sciences.

"The curriculum will prepare graduates as leaders of their profession, inter-professional collaborators, and advocates prepared to improve health care outcomes for individuals of diverse backgrounds and needs," says Rubenstein. "The establishment of the BSN program at Randolph-Macon College will provide the Commonwealth of Virginia with graduates prepared to meet the healthcare needs of Virginians in the coming years."