Cynthia Bacon

Cynthia Bacon


Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office: 310 Moore Building
Telephone: 336-334-4648


PhD – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing
MSN – Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
MAS – Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business
BSN – Notre Dame of Maryland University

Areas of Expertise

Leadership and management; safety; mentoring

Areas of Research Interest

Health care systems and the structural supports that enable professional nursing practice, specifically:
Maximizing professional nursing practice (participation in decision making, autonomy, and collaboration) in nurses' work environments to achieve quality in nurse and patient outcomes
Safety climate and patient outcomes
Work complexity
Failure to rescue
Organizational theory and organizational behavior influences on nurses' work, such as group dynamics, working in teams
Mentoring and development of nurse leaders

Current research project is a two-year research study with Cone Health funded by the Duke Endowment:

Bacon, C., McCoy, T. & Jenkins, M. (2019). Improving quality and safety using the workload intensity staffing delivery of care model. Duke Endowment Grant #6814-SP awarded in the amount of $240,000 from May 13, 2019-April 30, 2021.