Creighton University has named Cindy Costanzo, Ph.D., RN, as the interim dean of the College of Nursing, effective June 2.
"This is a very exciting time for the Creighton University College of Nursing," said Costanzo. "We continue to maintain a very strong four-year traditional baccalaureate nursing program while also looking ahead to growth within our graduate programs with multiple new post-master's certificates."
Costanzo, an associate professor of nursing and chair of the graduate program, has approximately 38 years of experience in nursing including roles as the director of nursing at Fremont Area Medical Center and manager of the Intensive Care Unit at Creighton University Medical Center. Since joining the College of Nursing faculty in 2005, she has taught students in each of its nursing programs, earning the Nebraska Nurse's Association's Outstanding Nurse Educator Award in 2012 for her attention to individual students and inclusive teaching methods.
She is an experienced leader who currently serves as District I president of the Nebraska Organization of Nurse Leaders, has served as chair of the Health Seeking Section of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) and is an active member of other professional associations. Within the College of Nursing, Costanzo has provided leadership and support through policy, standards and process improvement. Her health promotion research has produced various scholarly posters, presentations and publications. She also maintains current knowledge in scholarly literature on the topic of health services administration/management and has served as a peer reviewer for The Journal of Nursing Scholarship.
Costanzo's approach to nursing education is infused with Ignatian values, as demonstrated by her previous leadership with the Restored Hope Program, which provides education, shelter and support services for women who want to transition out of poverty. She also continues to work with the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a nationwide program which provides retreats for homeless women within the Omaha area.
The University is undergoing a national search for a permanent dean.