About Cynthia D. Sweeney DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN Captain, Navy Nurse Corps, US Navy, Retired Vice President for Nursing, The DAISY Foundation

Dr. Cynthia D. Sweeney is the Vice President for Nursing at The DAISY Foundation. In this role she is engaged in program development, providing the “nursing view” for The DAISY Foundation programs. Previously at the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), she oversaw the development and execution of educational products and services that support nursing certification as well as organizational credentialing. The programmatic areas she supported included ANCC Accreditation, Certification, Pathway to Excellence®, and the Magnet Recognition® program. She spent more than 40 years in perioperative clinical services as well as in academic and leadership roles. In addition, she served in the Navy Nurse Corps, retiring with the rank of Captain. A favorite role is that of Clinical Nurse Specialist in surgical services, serving as teacher, mentor and clinician in support of staff and perioperative patients. Her doctoral work at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing focused on the use of meaningful recognition of compassionate practices in the operating room. In 2019 she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2020 she received the Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Research or Evidence-Based Practice Award by the Association of peri-Operative Nurses (AORN). She serves on a variety of boards as a volunteer. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and boating on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.