Cindy Nigolian completed a master’s degree in nursing and holds a national certificate in gerontological nursing. She has practiced as a registered nurse and held positions as a staff nurse in critical care, nurse advisor, nurse educator, nurse manger, clinical nurse specialist in gerontology and NICHE (Nurses Improving the Care of Healthsystems Elders) coordinator at Crouse Hospital.
In 2011, Cindy joined NICHE at New York University to serve as clinical administrator. In December of 2012, she became the clinical manager for collaborative health systems to participate in the implementation and operations of Accountable Care Coalition of Syracuse with Family Medical Care Group.
Cindy has presented at the American Geriatrics Society Conference and NICHE Conferences on topics ranging from “Never Events” and the role of the nurse in geriatrics, the use of sedation as a restraint and nursing perspectives, as well as the differentiation of dementia, depression and delirium. She continues to develop online “Education Briefs” housed on the NICHE member website to support the evidence-based practice of the bedside nurse.
Cindy has contributed greatly to the research in the practice areas of hourly rounding and restraints. She has co-authored the article, “Teaching Essential Skills to Family Caregivers,” a collaboration with NICHE, AARP and the American Journal of Nursing, published in November, 2011 and she co-authored “Hourly Rounding: A Replication Study”, in the January/February 2011 issue of Medical-Surgical Nursing.