Cindy Johnson

Cindy Johnson

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

Department: Nursing
Phone: 706-233-4055
Campus Box: 5048
Location: Evans Hall, 240

Short Bio

Dr. Johnson earned her initial nursing diploma at the GA Baptist School of Nursing. She subsequently earned degrees at the Baccalaureate (Medical College of GA), Master’s (University of North Georgia), concluding with a doctoral degree in nursing from Georgia Baptist College of Nursing (Mercer University). Her clinical background includes the following areas: emergency department, intensive care unit, post-anesthesia care unit, preoperative, phase II recovery, and an observation floor. During her nursing career, she held multiple educational roles encompassing staff education and obtained national certification in perianesthesia nursing. She precepted with simulation experts at academic and hospital facilities while completing her master’s degree.  During this time, she worked as a clinical simulation educator in a hospital education department. She began her career in nursing education at the University of North Georgia as an adjunct clinical instructor.  She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Theta Tau (Pi Gamma chapter), Georgia Association of Nurse Educators (GANE), the International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INASCL), and the National League of Nursing (NLN).  She was awarded the 2015 Mary Anne Rizzolo Award for Simulation Research in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing.


  • Ph.D. (Nursing), Mercer University
  • M. S. (Nursing Education) University of North Georgia
  • B. S. N. Medical College of Georgia
  • Diploma Georgia Baptist School of Nursing

Teaching Interests

  • Adult health and critical care nursing
  • Deliberate practice and psychomotor skills
  • High-fidelity simulation

Research Interests

  • The use of high-fidelity simulation in nursing education
  • The use of deliberate practice in nursing education
  • The role of technology in enhancing active learning strategies for nursing students

Selected Publications

  • “Sepsis-Impacting an epidemic through staff education,” Podium Presentation, GAPAN Conference, Athens, GA; November 2013
  • “Sepsis-Early Recognition and Management for pre-hospital providers,” Podium Session, Airlife Critical Care Symposium, Gainesville, GA; March 2014
  • “Sepsis-Combining didactic classroom and high-fidelity simulation to impacting an epidemic”. International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), Orlando, FL; June 2014 
  • Combining Deliberate Practice and High-fidelity Simulation For Psychomotor Skill Competency And Retention. Podium Presentation. International Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL). Washington, DC. June 21-24, 2017.