School of Nursing

Cynthia S. Randall DNP, RN, CHSE

Assistant Professor

Office Location

229 Masterton Hall



Academic Degrees

  • DNP, University of Southern Maine
  • M.S. Nursing, University of Southern Maine
  • B.S. Nursing, University of Southern Maine


Dr. Randall joined the University of Southern Maine (USM) nursing faculty in 2010. She holds a Master’s degree in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader track and Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education. Dr. Randall earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2015 with a concentration in nursing education - DNP Capstone “A Simulation to Improve the Clinical Instructor’s Teaching of Ethics to Nursing Students in the Clinical Setting”. Her career in academia includes expertise in simulation based education. Dr. Randall is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator through the Society for Simulation and Healthcare. Dr. Randall’s nursing practice over many years has been in various acute, ambulatory and community settings with specific nursing experience in cardiac, telemetry and emergency care and care transitions. Her current scholarship focuses on teaching practice and in advancing the science of nursing education. Dr. Randall has presented extensively locally and nationally on her nursing education research: Critical Incident Video (CIV) Project. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Ethics
  • Nursing Education
  • Simulation Based Education
  • Teaching Practice


Recent Publications

Randall, C. S. & Randall, C. E. (2021). Critical incident videos: Developing a cognitive strategy in simulation for faculty development. Journal of Nursing Education (60)2


  • Randall, C. E. & Randall, C. S. Using Critical Incident Videos: An Innovative Strategy to Improve Teaching Practice. Podium presentation (Distinguished Presenter award) Nursing Education Research Conference [NERC], NLN/Sigma Theta Tau International Washington, DC. March 2020 (peer reviewed)
  • Randall, C. S. & Randall, C. E. Using Critical incident Videos to Open Doors: An Innovative Learning Strategy. Podium presentation Institute for Educational Excellence (International Conference) Duke University, Raleigh, North Carolina. April 2020 (peer reviewed)

  • Randall, C. S. & Randall, C. E. Improving the Teaching Practice of Nurse Educators Using Critical Incident Videos. Podium presentation, Sigma Maine Research symposium at University of New England. October 2019 (peer-reviewed)

  • Randall, C. E. & Randall, C. S. Critical Incident Videos: An innovative teaching method to assist with the educational development of a clinical instructor. Podium presentation, Practice Nurse Educator Group [PNEG] CLE conference, Cleveland, Ohio. October 2019 (peer-reviewed)


Awards and Recognition

  • Faculty Senate Research Award. University of Southern Maine. May, 2021
  • Distinguished Presenter Award, Nursing Education Research Conference [NERC], Washington DC. April, 2020
  • Faculty Senate Teaching Award. University of Southern Maine. May, 2013
  • Jonas Scholar Nursing, 2012-2014
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing Graduate Inductee. 2010