Owens Community College Alumni Association

   Profile of Excellence


Cynthia L. Schneider, R.N., B.S.N.
Cynthia L. Schneider, R.N., B.S.N.
Liver-Pancreas Transplant Coordinator
Medical College of Ohio
1977 and 1987 Owens Graduate

"I love Owens' program. Through their strong clinical focus, I learned hands-on, bedside care."

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Profile of Excellence:
Cynthia L. Schneider, R.N., B.S.N.
Owens Community College Alumna
Ever since Cynthia Schneider was small, she wanted to be a nurse. She would play dress-up in a nursing cap and cape and dream of the day when she could help others. Today, Cynthia is the Liver-Pancreas Transplant Coordinator for the Medical College of Ohio. Her dream has come to life.

In 1976, Cynthia graduated from high school. As one of five children, tuition dollars were limited, but that would not stand in her way. She heard about Owens Community College's Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program and she knew this opportunity fit her plan. "I love Owens' program," Cynthia said. "Through their strong clinical focus, I learned hands-on, bedside care." In 1977, she completed the program.

Cynthia's first job was at the Medical College of Ohio. She was attracted to their teaching environment and cutting-edge research. For the next few years, she stayed at MCO and gave birth to a son and daughter. When she was a mother of two, Cynthia needed a position with regular daytime hours and went to a physician's office.

It was around this time that the healthcare community was shifting from LPNs toward primary nursing- or registered nurses. Cynthia faced this potential job extinction head on and returned to Owens for the LPN to RN program. By 1987, she graduated from Owens-again-and returned to MCO as a surgical floor registered nurse.

Many changes had occurred in the four years she was gone. Most dramatically, the AIDS virus was affecting direct contact with patients. Cynthia was glad to be back at MCO and embraced finding new ways to deal with this disease. "At Owens I learned that good nurses are flexible and there is more than one acceptable approach."

After Cynthia took the national certification exam for medical/surgical-and passed-she moved into the operating room. The OR proved quite challenging, and Cynthia loved it! After six months, she was the OR charge nurse and shortly thereafter, Cynthia was devising structured programs to acclimate new staff to the unit.

In 1997, after completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Cynthia's career took a dramatic turn. She began working with Dr. McChesney to create a liver-pancreas transplant program for the hospital. From the ground up, they built the transplant team, developed procedures, and evaluated candidates for the program. Cynthia will never forget when the program went live and the first transplant was performed. "When the clamps are removed and a new organ comes to life," she says, "it is absolutely amazing."

Today, this program at MCO continues to grow and Cynthia cannot imagine working anywhere else. During a transplant procedure, she serves as liaison between the family and the operating room. After a patient's release, Cynthia stays in contact with the transplant recipient to track his or her success.

With her nursing degrees, Cynthia has experienced so much since her dress-up days and many patients have benefited from her care. Owens Community College contributed to her education and Cynthia used that education to give the gift of life to others.

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Contact Laura Moore at (567) 661-7410 or alumni@owens.edu
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