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Jill Brennan-Cook, DNP, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor
(919) 613-9586
3114 Pearson Building

Dr. Jill Brennan-Cook has been an RN for 29 years, with extensive experience in both critical care and emergency nursing. She holds a BSN from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and an MS in Nursing from Lehman College of the City University of New York. She earned her DNP at Case Western Reserve University; her thesis focused on nursing students’ perceptions of the nurse’s role. Before joining the DUSON faculty in 2014, Dr. Brennan-Cook served for 15 years on the nursing faculty of Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC), where she taught adult health nursing, basic nursing skills and nursing theory, and nutrition in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She has expertise developing and managing simulation experiences for undergraduate nursing students. Dr. Brennan-Cook is a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning and the Emergency Nurses Association. Her current research interests include sickle cell disease, nutrition and wellness, and educational strategies.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program


  • DNP - Case Western Reserve University
  • MS - City University of New York - Lehman College
  • BSN - State University of New York (Plattsburgh)

Research Interests

Research interests include:
• Sickle Cell Disease
• Nutrition and Wellness
• Educational Strategies

Awards and Honors

  • 1990 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International

Areas of Expertise

  • Acute / Critical Care
  • Nursing Education

Areas of Interest

Use of simulation in nursing education

Representative Publications

  • 2003 -- Brennan-Cook, J. and Krajewski, B. and Zychowicz. M. E. Orthopedic trauma. In Orthopedic Nursing Secrets edited by Zychowicz. M. E.. 2003; pp. 85-103. : Hanley & Belfus. 2003 85-103
  • 2001 -- Brennan-Cook, J. and Sheetz, L. Respiratory distress. In Emergency Nursing Secrets edited by Oman, K.. S. and Koziol-McLain, J. and Sheetz, L.. 2001; pp. 84-88. : Hanley & Belfus. 2001 84-88
Friday, April 28, 2017

Jill Brennan-Cook and Loretta Matters recently presented at the National NICHE meeting in Austin, Texas. Brennan-Cook presented on "Gero Boot Camp: A 'Win-Win,' Promoting the Professional Development of Geriatric Resource Nurses while Enhancing Student Nurse Learning." Margie Molloy and Matters were also a part of this project.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Margie Molloy, Jill Brennan-Cook and Loretta Matters presented a poster entitled "Gero Boot Camp: A 'Win-Win' Promoting the Professional Development of Geriatric Resource Nurses while Enhancing Student Nurse Learning" at the First Center for Aging and Human Development Research and Education Retreat held at the Trent Semans Great Hall.

Other authors for the presentation include Aleyamma Thomas, Sevda Mirza and Rebecca Porter.

Friday, May 13, 2016

PhD student Mariam Kayle co-authored an article entitled "Evaluation of a Sickle Cell Disease Educational Website for Emergency Providers" in the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. Co-authors included faculty members Jill Brennan-Cook, Brigit Carter, Anne Derouin, Susan Silva, and Paula Tanabe.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Danett Cantey and Jill Brennan-Cook recently earned their Certified Nurse Educator designation after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Paula Tanabe co-authored three publications with several doctoral students and presented at several conferences recently. Tanabe co-authored an article with DNP student Marcia Zuzul entitled "Improving Preoperative Cardiac Assessment Efficiency by Using the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines: A Quality Improvement Project" in the Clinical Scholars Review.