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Marian Cummins

Name: Marian Cummins
Degrees: Associate Degree in Nursing, ‘81, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, ‘00, Master of Science in Nursing with education focus, ‘02
Notes: Outstanding Alumnus 2005

What are you up to now?
Currently I am retired. I do keep an active Nursing License. I am a volunteer member of my parish Health Ministry. I help out my mom and mother-in-law who are both in their 90's. Hobbies I enjoy include travel, art, gardening and cooking/baking.

How did NKU help you on your journey? 
I worked as part-time clinical faculty while I obtained my MSN. This experience helped me understand the various roles of faculty in the nursing programs. Faculty in both the BSN and MSN programs were approachable, understanding and considerate of students, in addition to being excellent educators of adult students. They served as role models for me.

NKU also provided excellent resources for me as a student: library/research/IT.

After obtaining my MSN, I worked as nursing faculty at NKU for about 7 years. During that time I helped develop and served as Director of the Nurse Advocacy Center for the Underserved, which has provided health care for 1000's of vulnerable persons in the Northern Kentucky community. In this role, I received support in the form of release time, legal guidance, assistance with grant proposal development and assistance with research.

What is some advice you would give to prospective/current students?
Push the boundaries of your comfort zones as much as possible; seek coursework and experiences that challenge you. When possible heed you advisor's advice regarding working while in college. Schedule sufficient time for studying and other coursework.

Stay organized and foster good study habits. If needed, seek help with difficult coursework before you become overwhelmed. Take advantage of the many resources available to students on campus. Enjoy your time at NKU.