Mel Cook, MSN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW, PHN, DNP-c, has been a registered nurse for over 9 years and most recently served in a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) while obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, certifications in Neonatal Intensive Care (RNC-NIC) and extremely low birth weight (C-ELBW) infants and becoming a Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Instructor. She is skilled at stabilizing critically ill neonates through collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, while managing all physical, psychosocial, and medicinal aspects of the neonate’s care. Additionally, she has a keen eye for process improvement and is committed to supporting interdisciplinary health care teams, enhancing the quality of care for neonates and their families in the NICU. This is augmented through pursual of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, where she is refining her ability to evaluate and disseminate solid research evidence to enhance clinical environments, therein promoting safe, cost-effective, and patient-centered care.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mel Cook has an employment relationship with Kaiser Permanente. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Mel Cook has no relevant non-financial relationships.