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Impact Lives

Cecilia Wendler, Ph.D., M.A., RN, NE-BC

Adjunct Faculty
Benedictine MSN faculty member Cecilia Wendler, Ph.D., M.A., RN, NE-BC

M. Cecilia Wendler, RN, PhD, CCRN-K, NE-BC, began her career as an associate-degree RN in critical care. Completing her BSN and MSN from the College of St. Benedict and the College of St. Scholastica, she then went on to the PhD from the University of Colorado, where she studied with Jean Watson, PhD, RN, FAAN. With more than 33 years of critical care nursing experience, and almost 40 years of experience as an RN in a variety of roles, she has combined her love of clinical with teaching and leading, serving now as the Director of Nursing Research and Academic Partnerships for Memorial Medical Center (a Magnet® teaching hospital) in Springfield, IL. She is active both regionally and nationally in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau, International. She is widely published and has presented nationally and internationally. She loves teaching students in nursing and has been teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level in the on-line environment for more than 18 years. Cecilia is deeply dedicated to student growth and development.

Cecilia is married with two grown sons, one who is an assistant professor of English and the other a critical care registered nurse! She is an avid cook and exerciser; loves to travel as well as hang out at home, gardening, writing, and enjoying the company of neighbors, friends and family.

Publications of M. Cecilia Wendler, Ph.D.

M. Cecilia Wendler, Ph.D., serves as the director of Nursing Research and Academic Partnerships for Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., in combination with her teaching duties at Benedictine University. She brings more than 33 years of critical care experience to the classroom, and her passion for teaching is illustrated by her commitment to student growth and development. Wendler is active both regionally and nationally in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is widely published and has presented nationally and internationally.

Her work includes:

“TTouch for Healthcare: The Healthcare Professional's Guide to Tellington TTouch”

This collection of articles discuss how nurses, physicians, physical therapists, massage therapists and other health care professionals around the world can properly, non-invasively implement TTouch for an array of symptom reliefs. The articles highlight that Tellington TTouch is a system of circular TTouches, lifts and slides developed by Linda Tellington-Jones more than 40 years ago for the training and care of horses and other animals.

While teaching TTouch to animal owners, these techniques were practiced by owners on each other in order to understand what their animals were experiencing. Effectiveness of TTouch for people quickly became apparent in the countless stories of individual responses to these TTouches.

Effects of Tellington Touch in Healthy Adults Awaiting Venipuncture

This study discusses how many natural-healing modalities administered by professional nurses are provided without adequate scientific scrutiny.

“The HeART of Nursing: Expressions of Creative Art in Nursing”

This book honors nurses who pay tribute to the altruistic profession of nursing through a creative medium. Each painting, poem, diorama and essay conveys the depth of feeling that lives inside every nurse everywhere.