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Glenda Kaminski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Nursing
CNS Coordinator

I believe there are 10 qualities the professor should possess that influence the outcomes of their students:

  1. Personality: You must be perceived as approachable
  2. Teaching Method: Include activities for all types of learners
  3. Presentation: Mentor students to become effective communicators
  4. Demonstration of Concern for Students’ Needs
  5. Enthusiasm: Eagerness in the Teaching Experience
  6. Conduct: Be Professional
  7. Knowledge of Course Material
  8. Availability and Willingness to Help Students
  9. Communicate Clear Expectations
  10. Fairness: Equitable Treatment of Students

I received my BS in Education from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, a diploma in nursing from St. Francis General Hospital in Pittsburgh, and a MS in Nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa. I also have a PhD in Nursing from Barry University in Miami Shores. My research interest lies in how the nurse can reduce uncertainty for the patient during his or her journey with cancer.

I have been an oncology nurse for 30 years, 22 of those spent in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist. I have facilitated cancer support groups and provided community education on cancer prevention and the importance of early detection. I have also provided care, support, and education to patients with cancer for 24 years at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

I am married, with two adult daughters and one daughter in middle school! We also have a beagle and two cats to add to the household entertainment. I love to take long walks on the beach, and hikes in the mountains, especially in Colorado.

Singing with a praise team, watching movies, and listening to contemporary Christian music.


Ph.D., Nursing, Barry University
M.S., Nursing-CNS Oncology Specialty, University of South Florida
Diploma, Nursing, St. Francis General Hospital School of Nursing
B.S.Ed., Biology / Secondary Education, Shippensburg State College

Honors and Awards

  • Employee of the Month, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, FL - 2009
  • Florida Organization of Nurse Executives Scholarship ($1000) - 2008
  • Nursing Excellence Award, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, FL - 2005
  • Nominated for Nursing Spectrum’s Florida Nurse of the Year - 2001
  • Polk County, Florida Nurse of Hope Award - 2000
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Florida Nurses Association - 1999
  • American Cancer Society Volunteer of the Year Award, West Polk Unit, Lakeland, FL - 1996 to 1997
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute's Award of Excellence/ Employee of the Year Award, Tampa, FL - 1991

Publications and Exhibitions


Barroso, J., McMillan, S., Casey, L., Gibson, W., Kaminski, G., & Meyer, J. (2000).

Comparison between African-American and White women in their beliefs about breast cancer and  their health locus of control. Cancer Nursing, 23(4), 268-76.  

Kaminski, G. (2004, May 25). Cancer clinical trials: Not just in research institutions anymore.

Vital Signs, 14, 10.

Giuliano, R. & Kaminski, G. (2003, October 14). Hyperthermic isolated limb perfusion now available in central Florida. Vital Signs, 13, 8-9.

Kaminski, G. (2009). “Help me please, I just want to go home…” Oncology Nursing News, 3(1), 28.

Books and Book Chapters

Kaminski, G. L. (1995).  Standards of oncology education: Patient, family, and public.
 In (S.C. McMillan & S. Pickard-Holley, Eds.)  Study guide for the core curriculum for

 oncology nursing.  Philadelphia:  W. B. Saunders.


Kaminski, G. (2013). The role of the clinical nurse specialist in bringing evidence to the bedside. National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 7. Repeated as keynote presentation for the Polk County Advanced Practice Nurse Association Annual Conference on September 20.

 Kaminski, G. (2013). Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy / Biotherapy Class. I teach this class about 3x a year, and have done so for over 10 years.

 Kaminski, G. (2012). The Lost Art of Storytelling in Nursing. Polk County Advanced Practice Nursing Association, Lakeland, FL, September 19.

 Kaminski, G. (2010). Testing Mishel's theory of uncertainty in illness using patients hospitalized with cancer. Sigma Theta Tau International's 21st International Nursing Research Congress, Orlando, FL, July 13.

 Kaminski, G. (2009). Drexel University’s NCLEX RN Review Class. Lakeland, FL. January 12 and 13.

Kaminski, G. (2006). Pain management at end of life.  Oncology Nursing Society Regional Conference, Tampa, FL, March 24.


Kaminski, G. (2014, January). Don’t fall for it: Preventing falls in patients with cancer. Poster session at the 1st annual Journal for Advanced Practitioners in Oncology (JADPRO) conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Kaminski, G. (2012, May). Improving blood culture contamination rates in patients with cancer. Poster session for nurse’s week presentation at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Florida.

Seymour, M.J. & Kaminski, G. (2007, October). Drive-up vaccines: A novel approach to immunization for  seniors. Poster session presented at the National Gerontology Nurses Association conference, Orlando,  FL.

Kaminski, G. (2006, March). Is pH really the best indicator of nasogastric tube placement? Poster session presented at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing Research Day, Florida International University.