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 and theory courses in fundamentals of nursing, nursing research, skills lab, and medical-surgical nursing.  Her areas of clinical expertise include surgical, cardiac, and acute care medical-surgical nursing as well as family nursing of adults.  Prior to coming to Bradley she taught in the graduate program at the University of Illinois – Chicago.  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.   Dr. Steinwedel is currently credentialed by the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Steinwedel serves on the Editorial Board of MEDSURG Nursing Journal and is Chairperson of the Education Committee of the International Family Nursing Association.  She serves the Bradley Nursing community as President-Elect 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.

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.