Cindy Skeens is right where she belongs as clinical director for workforce safety and health at HCA Healthcare


Every person has a unique story about how they ended up in their chosen field. For many in occupational health, the route is anything but a direct one. This couldn’t be more true for Cindy Skeens, clinical director for workforce safety and health at HCA Healthcare.


In this episode of OccTok, host Jeff Donnell from Enterprise Health talks with Cindy about her impressive journey through education, nursing and leadership to her current position. She explains how working in a variety of diverse industries — from Big10 rivals University of Michigan and Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, to manufacturing and healthcare settings — helped shape her career. Plus, you’ll hear what she likes most about the occupational health field. 


OccTok supports the mission of ACOEM's Ambassador Program, an initiative to increase awareness of occupational and environmental medicine among medical and APP students and residents and provide opportunities for real-world experiences for interested trainees.


The Ambassador Program is led by a group of occupational health professionals who recruit others in the specialty to volunteer as ambassadors and present at lunch and learns at medical and physician assistant schools throughout the U.S. The presentations introduce attendees to the specialty and its benefits which include high satisfaction and low burnout rates, and provide information on common work environments including hospitals and health systems, colleges and universities, the public sector, sports and entertainment, and a wide variety of corporate and manufacturing settings. 


Listen now to learn about Cindy's journey into the field of OEM.