Cynthia Steinwedel

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Burgess Hall 314
(309) 677-2575

Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
M.S. from the University of Illinois
B.S. from Bradley University


Dr. Cynthia Steinwedel is an Assistant Professor of Nursing.  She teaches clinical practicum as well as undergraduate and graduate theory courses.  Her teaching responsibilities include fundamentals of nursing, skills lab, medical-surgical nursing, nursing research, and graduate level nursing informatics and evidence-based practice.  Prior to coming to Bradley she taught in the graduate program at the University of Illinois – Chicago.  Dr. Steinwedel is credentialed by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Dr. Steinwedel’s areas of practicum include surgical, cardiac, orthopedic, and acute medical-surgical care as well as family nursing of adults.  Her clinical experience includes 18 years of critical-care and surgical nursing, including certification as a CCRN, and service as a staff educator to critical care units. 

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Steinwedel serves on the Editorial Board of MEDSURG Nursing Journal and is a member of the Education Committee of the International Family Nursing Association.  She serves the Bradley Nursing community as President  of Epsilon Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society for nursing.  She was voted Professor of the Semester by Kappa Delta sorority in fall of 2011.  Her community service includes serving as team leader for a FEMA-approved disaster early response team at her church.

Dr. Steinwedel’s areas of research include family caregiving for patients with dementias and cancer, as well as psychosocial aspects of oncology care.  She has expertise in qualitative narrative and mixed-methods research design and data analysis.  She has received several research awards, including one from the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, and has presented her research both nationally and internationally.  She has served as a reviewer for a number of textbooks.