Program Director Clinical Nurse Leader Track, Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Cook earned her BSN at Ohio State University, her MPH at New York Medical College, her Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate at Georgetown University and a DNP at the University of Connecticut. Her professional and research interests include neonatal care, obstetrics, pediatrics, compassion and caring in online teaching and the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Dr. Cook is a certified CNL, Certified Neonatal Nurse, and a Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, along with several other newborn- and neonatal-related certifications.
Dr. Cook has been in practice as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner since 1990. She joined the nursing faculty of Sacred Heart University as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2011, teaching in both the Undergraduate and Graduate online programs. Currently, she is the Program Director for the Clinical Nurse Leader Track. She was nominated in the Final 4 for the Dr. Marian Calabrese Outstanding Faculty Award in 2017 and awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Student DNP Award from the Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau in 2010, the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2009, and the Nurse Exemplar Award in 2003.
Dr. Cook contributed to Essential Knowledge For CNL and APRN Nurse Leaders, the first textbook to address the roles of Clinical Nurse Leader and Advance Practice Registered Nurse within the broader nurse leadership field. Written in collaboration with Dr. Joslin B. Leasca, their chapter "Trends in Leadership" focuses on the differences between leadership and management and the leadership styles that are most effective in healthcare environments that are change-resistant.
Degrees and Certifications
- DNP, University of Connecticut
- MPH, Health Care Policy and Management, New York Medical College
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate, Georgetown University
- BSN, Ohio State University
- Certified Clinical Nurse Leader
- Sloan C Consortium Certified Online Teaching
- Certificate in Nursing Education - UConn
- Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- Certified Neonatal Nurse
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Certified Instructor Neonatal Resuscitation Program
- Certified in Baby Friendly Initiative
- NIDCAP Certification
- Certified in Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program
- Clinical and Capstone Courses in the CNL Track
Research Interests & Grants
Faculty and Student Caring and Compassion in Online Teaching
- Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
- Heparin versus Saline in Neonatal Intravenous and Central Lines
Honors, Awards & Fellowships
Nominated in Final 4 for Dr. Marian Calabrese Outstanding Faculty Award (2017)
CAP 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award (August 2015)
Sigma Theta Tau Best DNP Student Award (May 2010)
Nightingale Award Excellence in Nursing (May 2009)
Nurse Exemplar (2003)
Publications and Presentations
Cook, L. & Volpe, A., A. (2018). Critiquing a quantitative study on neonatal pain and parental perceptions. In K. Bauce and J. J. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Advanced Nursing Research Critique. New York, NY: Springer Publishing. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Cook, L., L. & Krowchuk, H.V. (2018). Failure to Thrive (Child). In J. J. Fitzpatrick (Ed.), Encyclopedia of nursing research (4th ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Beck, M., Bradley H., Lampley, T., Cook, L., Gatti-Petito, J., Leasca, J. (March/April 2018) A Paradigm Shift from Brick and Mortar: Full Time Nursing Faculty Off Campus. Nursing Education Perspectives.
Bradley, H., Cook, L., Morrow, L. Leasca J., & Lampley, T. (accepted and pending publication).
Refocusing the lens: Caring and compassion in an online nursing environment. Nursing Education Perspectives.
Cook, L. & Leasca, J. (2019). Trends in leadership. In King, C.R., Gerard, S. O., & Rapp, S. G. (Eds.). Essentials for masters prepared leaders. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.
Gatti-Petito, J., Lakatos, B.E., Bradley, H.B., Cook, L. Haight, I.E., Karl, C. A., Clinical Scholarship and Adult Learning Theory: A role for the DNP in nursing education. Nursing Education Perspectives. July / August 2013 Vol. 34 No. 4
Cook, L., Bellini, S., Cusson, R. M., Heparinized Versus Normal Saline for Maintenance of IV Access in Neonates: An Evidence-Based Practice Change, Advances in Neonatal Care. June 2011. Vol.11 No. 3
Cook, L., Bellini, S., Cusson, R. M., Heparinized Versus Normal Saline for Maintenance of IV Access in Neonates: An Evidence-Based Practice Change, Advances in Neonatal Care: Research Abstracts. August 2010. Vol.10 No. 4
Cook, L. Best NICU in America, Neonatal Network. November/December 2002. Vol. 21 No. 7
Sigma Theta Tau Conference – Poster Presentation "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): Illustration of Keller's ARCS Model in Nursing Education" April 3, 2009
Fifth Annual National Association of Neonatal Nurses Research Summit – Podium Presentation "Heparinized vs Normal Saline for Maintenance of IV Access: An Evidence-Based Practice Change" April 6-8, 2010
ATHENA Research Conference – Poster Presentation "Heparinized vs Normal Saline for Maintenance of IV Access: An Evidence-Based Practice Change Initiative" April 29, 2010
Danbury Hospital Research Day – Poster Presentation "Heparinized vs Normal Saline for Maintenance of IV Access: An Evidence-Based Practice Change Initiative" May 12, 2010
2010 APN Forum Conference- Podium and Poster Presentation "Heparinized vs Normal Saline for Maintenance of IV Access: An Evidence-Based Practice Change Initiative" June 2-4, 2010
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