Nursing at Cooper Faculty

Leadership

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Jennifer Glendening, MSN, ANCC, CPHQ, CMSRN

Assistant Vice President of Professional Development

About Me

Jennifer Glendening, MSN, ANCC, CPHQ, CMSRN, the Assistant Vice President of Professional Development role oversees the Clinical Educators, Life Support Training Center and Wound Care team since 2018. Jen has worked at Cooper for over 6 years in the Quality Department with her most previous role as Administrative Director of Clinical Effectiveness.  She began her nursing career in 1993 and has progressively advanced her leadership skills in a variety of roles including Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Educator, and Staff Development Coordinator. 

Jen graduated from Western Governors University with her Master of Science in Nursing Education in August of 2011 and has continued her passion for education as a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Candidate form Walden University with an anticipated graduation of February 2020.  She has  also continued her professional growth throughout her career by earning a number of certifications including; National certification in Nursing Professional Development (ANCC), National certification in Health Care Quality (CPHQ), Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) and Certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing (CMSRN).  For 2 years, Jen was also a National Quality & Patient Safety Speaker for Premier Breakthroughs Conferences.  This year, Jen was recognized as a National Society of Leadership and Success Scholar.  Other notable recognitions include 2015 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year, Infection Prevention, Risk, & Quality, 2014 Cooper Nursing Award: Nursing Excellence Award for Education, Mentorship, & Nursing Research. 

Jen is trained in Lean Six Sigma and is a certified Change Agent/Green Belt with a history of success in many nursing areas such as scientific data, policy analysis, mentoring third party providers and training of staff on quality, safety, regulatory, and clinical education.  She is a proactive and collaborative team leader with excellent communications and interpersonal abilities and has demonstrated success in health care services management, customer service, clinical research, project management, and large clientele database administrator in the non-profit health care industry.

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Nancy M. DeBerardinis, MSN, RN, BC

Director of Education
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Dorothy Kliniewski

Nurse Residency and Professional Development Manager

Clinical Educators

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Deborah D. Byrd, MSN, RN

Intermediate Intensive Care Unit, Medical Surgical Nursing, and Telemetry

About Me

Deborah D. Byrd, MSN, RN, is a full time educator for the tenth floor of the Keleman building. This floor cares for Medical Surgical patients on the North end, Medical Surgical that require telemetry monitoring on the South end, and a small step-down critical care unit (INCU).

Deborah received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Wilmington University in Delaware. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Rowan University Honor Society, and the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN). In 2013, she received the Cooper Nursing Alumni Clinical Nurse Excellence Award.

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Jennifer G. Colona, MSN, RN, CCRN

Trauma Step-down Unit, Trauma Intensive Care Unit, and Trauma Admitting

About Me

Jennifer Colona, MSN, RN, CCRN, is a Trauma Nurse Educator with Cooper University Health Care. She is a graduate of Wilmington University and a member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Society of Trauma Nurses (STN), and The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

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Sandra Crosson, BSN, RN

Gastroenterology and Voorhees Surgical Center

About Me

Sandra Crosson, BSN, RN, is the Clinical Educator I for Cooper’s three gastroenterology units as well as the Voorhees Surgery Center. She will graduate with her Master’s Degree in Education from Immaculata University, in the Fall of 2020. Sandra has been employed with Cooper for 15 years as a gastroenterology nurse before assuming her current role as a Clinical Educator.

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Jillian M. Curnew, MSN, RN

Medical-Surgical, Surgical Intermediate

About Me

Jillian M. Curnew, MSN, RN, is a Clinical Educator II for Medical-Surgical Nursing at Cooper University Health Care. Her publications include:

  • Maine, Jillian. "Rise and Shine: A Story about Advocacy." Nursing2013 43.12 (2013)
  • Maine, Jillian. “The Importance of Patient Advocacy.” Nursing2015 Critical Care 10.4 (2015): 48
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Thomas Desanto

Generalist
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Mary Jane Durkin, MSN, RN, OCN

Oncology

About Me

Mary Jane Durkin, MSN, RN, OCN, is the Oncology Clinical Educator. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from Immaculata University and is certified in Oncology Nursing. She is a member of the Oncology Nursing Society and was recognized with a DAISY Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2017.

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Marina Dvortsyn

Pediatrics, Pediatric Intensive Care Unity, Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit
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Christina Fox

Intensive Care Unit
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Kayla Hoffman

Tech Generalist
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Patrick Matlack

Generalist
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Erin McCafferty

Labor and Delivery, Maternal-Fetal Care Unit, Mother Infant Unit
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Ikyshia Orlena

Medical Surgical Nursing and Telemetry
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Lisa Passero

Surgical Care Unit, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, Interventional Radiology, SPU, PAT
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Christie Perrello

Medical Surgical Nursing and Telemetry
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Melissa Trinidad

Night Educator
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Linda Wicker, RN, MSN, CCRN

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

About Me

Linda Wicker, RN, MSN, CCRN, is a Nurse Educator II with Cooper's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). She is certified as a CCRN in Acute/Critical Care Neonatal and is a member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). She has been recognized by Cooper for her work in nursing research.

Linda's publications include:

  • Schoch, D., Lawhon, g., Wicker, L. and Yecco, G. “An Interdisciplinary Multidepartmental Educational Program Toward Baby Friendly Hospital Designation” Advances in Neonatal Care; 2014, vol 14:1 p 38-43.
  • Schoch, D., Lawhon, g., Wicker, L. and Yecco, G. “An Interdisciplinary Multidepartmental Educational Program Toward Baby Friendly Hospital Designation” Poster Presentation “The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 17th Annual International Meeting Chicago, Illinois October 2012.
  • Wicker, L., Saslow, J., Shah, S., Bhat, V.. Sannoh,S. Brandon, E., Kemble, N. Pyon, K., Stahl, G. and Aghai, Z. “The Effect of Comprehensive Infection Control measures on the rate of Late-Onset Bloodstream Infections in Very low Birthweight Infants”  American Journal of Perinatology; 2010.
  • Wicker, L., Saslow, J., Shah, S., Bhat, V.. Sannoh,S. Brandon, E., Kemble, N. Pyon, K., Stahl, G. and Aghai, Z. “The Effect of Comprehensive Infection Control measures on the rate of Late-Onset Bloodstream Infections in Very low Birthweight Infants”.  Poster Presentation for The Eastern Society for Pediatric Research” 22nd Annual meeting, Philadelphia PA March 2010.