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Jill Brennan-Cook, DNP, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor
(919) 613-9586
3114 Pearson Building

Dr. Jill Brennan-Cook is an Assistant Professor in the ABSN program and a member of the Healthcare in Adult Populations Division. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience including acute, critical care and emergency department experience. Before working at DUSON, Dr. Brennan-Cook served for 15 years as nursing faculty at Mount Saint Mary College, where she taught in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She has expertise in nursing education and in developing and managing simulation experiences for undergraduate nursing students.

Dr. Brennan-Cook is a mentor for ABSN Health Equity Scholars and works closely with members of the Health Equity Academy. Current clinical and research interests include improving care for vulnerable populations such as frail older adults and patients with sickle cell disease. Her teaching interests are related to mentoring students and cultivating equity in the classroom and clinical setting.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice 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:
• Barriers to care for patients with Sickle Cell Disease
• Health Disparities and Health Equity
• Geriatric Nursing and Geriatric Nursing Education
• Mentorship of pre-licensure nursing students
• Nutrition and Wellness

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 || Selected Participant, Duke Teaching for Equity Fellowship
  • 2017 || Outstanding ABSN Faculty Award, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2017 || Selected Participant, Duke Clinical Leadership Program
  • 2016 || Faculty Excellence in Mentoring ABSN Program, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 2016 || Faculty Excellence in Mentoring ABSN Program, Duke University School of Nursing
  • 1990 || Inducted, Sigma Theta Tau International

Areas of Expertise

  • Acute / Critical Care
  • Chronic Illness
  • Gerontology
  • Health Disparities
  • Nursing Education

Areas of Interest

Vulnerable populations
Mentorship of underrepresented minority nursing students
Health disparities
Health equity
Improving health outcomes for patients with sickle cell disease
Caring for older adults
Trigger films in nursing education

Representative Publications

  • 2017 -- Lister, M.J., Vaughn, J., Brennan-Cook, J., Molloy, M., Kuszajewski, M., Shaw, R.J. Telehealth and Telenursing Using Simulation for Prelicensure Students Nurse Education in Practice. 2017
  • 2016 -- Kayle, M., Brennan-Cook, J., Carter, B., Derouin, A., Silva, S., & Tanabe, P. Evaluation of a sickle cell disease educations website for emergency providers Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. 2016
  • 2016 -- Brennan-Cook, J., & Molloy, M. Utilizing trigger films to enhance communication skills of home care clinicians with older adults Home Health Care Now. 2016
  • 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
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 DUSON cohort of Teaching for Equity Fellows Health Professions Educators: Nancy Crego, Valerie Sabol, Brigit Carter, Jennie De Gagne, Midge Bowers, Michelle Hartman, Jill Brennan-Cook, Sharron Rushton, Jen Graf-Perkins and Lisa Lewis!

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.