What Makes Cooper Nurses Different
Cooper Nurses are supported from their time as new-to-practice nurses through continuing education and professional development. Here are some of the ways our Cooper Nurses bring their excellence to our patients and team.
Leadership and Rising Stars
Cooper's nursing team is proud to recognize nurses at all levels of experience who bring a compassionate, evidence-based approach to patient care. Our team includes RNs and APNs practicing to the fullest extent of their license, and we continue to recruit nurses with advanced degrees as our leaders and educators.
Cooper nurses are recognized throughout the year during National Nurses Week, the Annual Nurse Excellence Awards, the DAISY Award program, the Clinical Ladder Program, and with The Edwin and Laura Davis Memorial Nursing Scholarship.
Education and Training
Cooper nurses continue their professional development through educational opportunities and specialty certification programs. Our nurses participated in the following educational offerings in 2017: Annual Conferences and Unit Competencies, Basic Dysrhythmia, Charge Nurse Program, Code Blue Review Programs, First 5 minutes Course, Critical Care Course, Phlebotomy & EKG Course, Nurse Residency, NJSNA Continuing Education, Oncology Review, Orientation- Nursing & PCT, Peritoneal Dialysis, Perioperative 101 Program, Preceptor Program, Professional Certification Offerings, Trauma Course, Wound Care Update, Chemotherapy Certification, and Life Support Classes. During the 2016-2017 year, 2,876 Cooper nurses participated in 86 continuing education activities, totaling in 4,670.5 contact hours awarded.
Cooper uses a Unit-Based Clinical Educator Model. We have 14 unit-based clinical nurse educators who support all inpatient units: Behavioral Health, Critical Care, Emergency, Maternal Child Health, Medical/Surgical, Pediatrics, Perioperative, Procedural Areas, and Trauma. We also have two non-unit based clinical nurse educators and one MD Anderson-based educator, all of whom are Masters-prepared nurses with experience in their specialty.
New-to-practice nurses are supported through our RN Residency Program, and we have academic affiliations with 14 area nursing programs: Drexel University, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Jefferson School of Nursing, LaSalle University, Penn School of Nursing, Rowan University, Rutgers University, Temple University, Thomas Edison State University, Walden University, Widener University, and Wilmington University.
Research and Innovation
Cooper Bridges is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal for Cooper Nurses by Cooper Nurses. It is published twice each year and offers nurses an opportunity to publish on a variety of clinically and professionally relevant topics.
In 2016-2017, Cooper Nurses published 18 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 16 nurses presented locally, 12 presented regionally, and 21 Cooper Nurses presented nationally.