VCU nursing alumna Cindy Munro talks about the role of nursing research in clinical practice
Cindy Munro, Ph.D., a Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing alumna and dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Miami, has conducted research that has changed nursing practices and reduced life-threatening infections.
One of her career “strategy points” is to “always work a big problem, because you can make a big impact,” said Munro, who spoke at VCU about the importance of nursing research and her National Institutes of Health-funded initiatives to improve bedside care.
Much of Munro’s work focuses on the connection between oral health and disease prevention during hospitalization. She holds multiple patents, including one for a vaccine to prevent streptococcal endocarditis, an infection of the inner lining of heart chambers and valves.
Munro, who was a Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor at VCU, spoke last week during activities celebrating the 125th anniversary of the VCU School of Nursing. She received a doctoral degree in nursing at VCU and one in microbiology and immunology from the School of Basic Health Sciences, now the VCU School of Medicine.