PhD, RNDirector, Northeast Region
Professor, CUNY Queensborough Community College – Bayside, New York
Dr. Cheryl Spencer is a proud graduate of an associated degree nursing program. Like many, her start in nursing started at a community college. It was a great start of a nursing career for a lifelong learner on a path to be a productive citizen, neighbor and nurse. She took advantage of employee benefits of her first nursing and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in nursing from Adelphi University and later a PhD in Education from Capella University.
Dr. Spencer’s career encompassed many roles including staff nurse on a medical surgical unit, oncological nursing and case management. She cherishes those early experiences for giving her a strong foundation in healthcare and advocacy. In addition, she has had several leadership roles including Nurse Manager and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Dr. Spencer is humbled at being a past recipient of Long Island Jewish Medical Center Department of Medicine’s Nurse of the Year and was inducted into the Medical Center’s Center for Excellence.
An adjunct position at a local community college led to a full-time tenured track position at Queensborough Community College and entry into college education. As a clinician transferring from the bedside to the classroom, Dr. Spencer used her experiences in this move to publish a peer reviewed article that gives guidance on the challenges in such a move. Her other publications include, critical thinking, active learning, simulated learning and culture and communication.
Leadership in the academic field included governance and faculty leadership. Dr. Spencer is an elected member of the college’s academic senate and was elected by her peers as a member of the colleges faculty executive committee. One of her biggest joys in academia is mentoring new faculty and helping them through the stresses on a new work environment. In 2018, Dr. Spencer was promoted to the rank of full professor.
Dr. Spencer’s relationship with OADN begin like many with a poster presentation and then a podium presentation. A brave leap led to a workshop and finally being elected to the board of directors. Dr. Spencer is proud to be a member of OADN and a proud graduate of an associate degree program. As a board member she serves on committees on progression in nursing, social mission and board development. She cherishes the familiar faces at OADN’s annual convention and truly believe that OADN is a strong group. She is gracious in being elected for a second term and look forward to working with the board to continue OADN’s mission in helping to advance the profession of nursing.