Cynthia Sylvia

Research student, School of Healthcare Sciences

Nurse leader in professional relations and knowledge management of chronic wound healing, pressure injury/ulcer prevention, patient and caregiver safety, evidence-based practice and the medical device industry.  Clinical nursing specialty, CWCN; published author and international speaker.  Facilitator of two Consensus Development Initiatives on the Prevention of Pressure Injuries that generated multiple global publications and presentations.  Doctoral candidate in Nursing at Cardiff University (2018) with a Master’s Degree in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, also from Cardiff University. Passions include being the Voice of Nursing in wound healing, pressure injury prevention, support surface standards and qualitative research.

Personal interests include animal rescue work, drawing and sketching in pencil and charcoal, reading, museum hopping, riding 2 up on our motorcycles, travel and participating in diverse cultures, running/walking outdoors and being with the love of my life. Passion for making a difference!

Research interests

Research interests include social construction of identity, role and boundary work, especially as applied to the professionalization of nursing; examining nursing practice through the lens of symbolic interactionism.  Thesis entitled, “Exploring the Identity of the Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse in Industry: An Interpretative Analysis of Professional Ecology.” I have long been involved with pressure injury prevention; protocols and guidelines, NPUAP and EPUAP.  Published author and recent co-author on papers related to Turning & Repositioning, Pediatric Pressure Injuries and Clinical Relevance of Standards Work.  Involved in Standards Work (Support Surface Standards Initiative – S3I) (ISO) with support surfaces, translating that work into meaningful and actionable applications for key clinical decision makers.  Past President of my regional WOCN.  Currently on Editorial Board of WOUNDS and the International Wound Journal.  Loving my new career path as a professional nurse consultant, Cynthia Sylvia LLC., expanding my professional network in wound care.

Thesis

'Comparative analysis of organisational storytelling among nurse specialists in wound care'