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About Linda L. Cook

Linda L. Cook, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, CNL, is Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director for the Clinical Nurse Leader Track in the College of Nursing at Sacred Heart University. Dr. Cook earned her BSN at Ohio State University, her MPH at New York Medical College, her Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate at Georgetown University and a DNP at the University of Connecticut. Her professional and research interests include neonatal care, obstetrics, pediatrics, compassion and caring in online teaching and the Clinical Nurse leader. Dr. Cook is a certified CNL, Certified Neonatal Nurse, and a Certified Neonatal Nurse Practitioner along with several other newborn and neonatal related certifications. Dr. Cook has been in practice as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner since 1990. She joined the nursing faculty of Sacred Heart University as a Clinical Assistant Professor in 2011 teaching in both the Undergraduate and Graduate online programs. Currently she is the Program Director for the Clinical Nurse Leader Track. She was nominated in the Final 4 for the Dr. Marian Calabrese Outstanding Faculty Award in 2017 and awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Student DNP Award from the Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau in 2010, the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing in 2009 and the Nurse Exemplar Award in 2003.


February 2011 - Present Clinical Associate Professor & Director, MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Program, Sacred Heart University College of Nursing

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2010 Mu Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau “Outstanding Doctoral Student (DNP) Award“
  • 2009 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing
  • 2003 Nurse Exemplar Award
  • 2015 CAP Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2017 Final 4 for Marian Calabrese Outstanding Faculty Award
  • Promotion to Clinical Associate Professor 2019


  • Clinical and Capstone Courses in the CNL Program


2007 - 2009 DNP, Nursing Education, University of Connecticut
1993 - 1999 Master of Public Health (MPH), Healthcare Policy & Management, New York Medical College
1989 - 1990 Certification Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Georgetown University
1971 - 1977 B.S. in Nursing, Registered Nurse, The Ohio State University

Contact Information

Ctr for Healthcare Education
Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N. and Richard J. Henley College of Nursing


Contributions to Books (3)

Articles (5)