B.S.N., M.Ed., Kent State University; D.N.P., Carlow University
Dr. Cooke has practiced as a registered nurse since 1990. Although this is Dr. Cooke’s second year at Methodist University, she taught in the undergraduate nursing program at Malone University in Canton, Ohio for seven years prior to relocating to North Carolina. Her primary area of teaching is adult health, with a focus on both acute and chronic disease management. Dr. Cooke is a graduate of Kent State University, where she earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and Master’s in Education with a focus in Health Education. Her nursing experience includes caring for patients on orthopedic, medical-surgical, pre-admission testing and outpatient surgery, and intensive care units. She is board certified in medical-surgical nursing, and has taught basic life support for over 30 years. She also recently received her certification as a nurse educator. In 2018, Dr. Cooke was honored as an Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Scholar at Parkinson’s Foundation, and has recently completed a project that incorporated the knowledge obtained through this work into a virtual reality experience for nursing students. She is also a member of the Pi Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. In 2019, she completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice through Carlow University in Pittsburgh, where her scholarly project focused on evaluating the effectiveness of adding descriptive behaviors to screening tools for intimate partner violence. In addition to her professional roles, Dr. Cooke continues to serve as a camp nurse for the Jackson Royal Family Kids Camp in Canton, Ohio. The focus of this camp is to provide mentorship to children in the foster care system who suffer from physical, emotional and cognitive issues secondary to abuse and/or neglect, and this work became an inspiration in choosing the topic for her scholarly project.