Nursing at Cooper Faculty

Nurse Educators

Cooper University Doctor

Jillian Curnew BSN, RN

Clinical Educator I for Kelemen 9
Nancy DeBerardinis

Nancy DeBerardinis, MSN, RN, RN-BC

Clinical Educator II - Med/Surg/Tele

About Me

Nancy DeBerardinis is the Clinical Educator II for the in-patient Surgical Service units at Cooper University Healthcare for almost 2 years.   Nancy has been employed at Cooper since 2008.  Previous to the educator role, Nancy was a full time night shift nurse on the Orthopedic/Neurology floor at Cooper. Nancy has a Master of Science in Nursing from Immaculata University, Immaculata PA. Nancy obtained a Medical Surgical Certification from the ANCC in November 2016.  Nancy is also one of the editors for Bridges, a research publication at Cooper.  In Nancy’s current role, she supports and educates the patient care staff on her units so they can provide the most current and best quality of care to their patients.

Thomas DeSanto, BSN, RN, CCRN

Thomas DeSanto, BSN, RN, CCRN

Clinical Educator II - Kelemen 10/INCU

About Me

Thomas DeSanto has been a nurse for the past 24+ years in various roles throughout the Tri-State area. He has experience with EMS, Critical Care Nursing, Emergency Nursing, IV Infusion Therapy, Wound Care, Long-term Care, Acute and Sub-acute Rehab. Tom also has held positions as A Nurse Manager, Clinical Educator, Staff Nurse and Nursing Supervisor. He has been employed with Cooper University Health Care since 2017, starting as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department, and now transitioning into the Clinical Educator II role on Kelemen 10.

Tom obtained his Associates degree in Science and Nursing at Gloucester County College and had returned to school to obtain his BSN in 2014 through Drexel University. Much of his education was obtained at Kent State University, where he studied Computer Science, and Drexel University where he continued his education in Nursing. Tom changed careers shortly after starting in the computer field. He is currently enrolled in Grand Canyon University where his field of study is Nursing Education. Tom graduated with his BSN and has spent a good portion of his career in Critical care or in the Emergency Department. He obtained his CCRN certification in 2015. He is passionate about nurses obtaining national certification.  Tom truly feels that this exemplifies the best qualities of nursing and nursing skills. He was integral in piloting the Fail Safe Certification Program at Kennedy Hospital System and sponsored the creation and utilization of the Critical care lending library for National Certifications.  As a member of the Critical Care service line committee at both Kennedy and Virtua, Tom spearheaded the creation of multiple policies and procedures including non-intubated detoxification policy, Ativan drip policy and Incident de-escalation techniques into the de-escalation policy. 

Marina Dvortsyn

Marina Dvortsyn, MSN, RN

Clinical Educator II - Peds/PICU

About Me

Marina Dvortsyn, Clinical Educator for Pediatrics and PICU.  Marina works at Cooper since 2003. She has been a staff nurse on Pediatric unit for 8 years. She also has experience as a clinical instructor. Marina has a Master of Science in Nursing from Thomas Edison State College. Marina works in her current role, for the last 3 years.

Mary Jane Durkin

Mary Jane Durkin, MSN, RN, OCN

Clinical Educator II - Oncology

About Me

Mary Jane is the Clinical Educator II for MD Anderson at Cooper University Hospital and the inpatient oncology unit. She has been employed at Cooper since 1995 and has been a nurse for 36 years working in various fields such as critical care, telemetry, and oncology. Prior to her educator role, Mary Jane worked in the Outpatient Chemotherapy Infusion Unit for 16 years and she currently has her certification in oncology nursing. Mary Jane received her Masters of Science in Nursing Education from Immaculata University in 2016 and is an adjunct professor at Rowan College at Burlington County in the undergraduate nursing program.

Patrick Matlack, MSN, JD, RN, CNL, CMSRN

Patrick Matlack, MSN, JD, RN, CNL, CMSRN

Clinical Educator II - Med/Surg/Tele

About Me

Patrick Matlack, MSN, JD, RN, CNL, CMSRN (Kelemen 8) transferred to Cooper from Virtua Marlton where he worked on the Cardio-Pulmonary unit.  He was successful in the attainment of funding for development and implementation of an early mobility protocol for COPD and pneumonia patients. Additionally, he was a member of the Magnet Structural Empowerment Team, mentorship and preceptorship program, and was a  Professional Development Advancement Program Level 3 RN.  Nursing is a second career for Patrick, as he worked as an Attorney from 1990 to 2006 representing clients in complex insurance coverage litigation and defendants in civil cases involving toxic torts and occupational diseases. In addition to a Juris Doctor (JD) from Rutgers University School of Law, he graduated with a BSN from Drexel University, and an MSN degree with a specialization as a Clinical Nurse Leader from the University of Alabama.  Patrick has a national certifications as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN). He has also made presentations at the local level.

Erin McCafferty MSN, RN

Erin McCafferty MSN, RN

Clinical Educator II Labor and Delivery

About Me

Erin McCafferty is the Clinical Educator II for the Labor and Delivery, Maternal-Fetal Care, and Mother-Infant Units. Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree from Rider University in Behavioral Neuroscience. She then entered an accelerated nursing program at Rutgers University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Erin started her nursing career at Cooper in 2014 where she worked as a staff nurse on an Intermediate Post-Op unit. She then transferred to Labor & Delivery where she worked full-time days for over three years. She has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Rutgers Camden where she acted as a clinical liaison for both the Upper Division and Accelerated nursing programs.

Most recently, Erin obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Erin is also part of the Labor & Delivery/NICU Task Force and is a go-to person for Unit-Based Council. In Erin’s current role, she acts as resource for staff and supports them by providing education on current guidelines and recommendations. Her main goal is to educate staff so they can provide safe, quality, and competent care to their patients.

Lisa Passero, MSN

Lisa Passero, MSN

Clinical Educator of Peri-Operative Services

About Me

Lisa Passero is the Clinical Educator of Peri-Operative Services covering the Surgical Care Unit, Short Procedure Unit , Preadmission Testing, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Holding , IV Team & Interventional Radiology.

She has been employed at Cooper University since graduating from Nursing School in 1996.  Lisa has held various positions during her career in nursing including Staff Nurse and Associate Clinical Director.

Lisa received her MSN in Nursing Leadership in 2016 from Wilmington University.  She continues to foster nursing students as an Adjunct Nursing Instructor at Rutgers Camden and Rowan College at Gloucester County.

Linda Wicker RN, MSN, CCRN

Linda Wicker RN, MSN, CCRN

Clinical Educator II - NICU

About Me

Linda Wicker RN, MSN, CCRN became an RN in 1988, obtaining my first position in Cooper University’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).I graduated from LaSalle University with my BSN in 1996 and obtained my Masters in Nursing Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2008.Clinical Educator II with a strong Neonatal Intensive Care background. Worked as a   NICU staff RN for 14 years before taking the NICU Educator position for 13 years. Functioned as the Generalist Educator for 2 ½ years at Cooper University. Numerous publications in both” Neonatal Network“ and “The Journal of Perinatal Medicine”