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Myra A Cook

Myra A. Cook

MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CSC

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Critical Care,
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Executive Summary

Myra A. Cook, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CSC, is a board-certified adult clinical nurse specialist at Cleveland Clinic main campus. With clinical expertise in critical care, Cook’s career successes include initiatives designed to reduce hospital-acquired infections and improve quality outcomes, patient safety and patient experience. For the first nine years of her career, Cook was a staff nurse and clinical instructor in the cardiovascular intensive care units at Cleveland Clinic. She became a clinical nurse specialist in 2009, upon the completion of her Master’s degree, where she continues to assess complex patients in the cardiovascular intensive care units.

With a passion for professional development and education, Cook’s career history also includes service as an adjunct faculty member for continuing education at Cleveland State University where she lectures on topics such as heart failure, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension and more. Cook was one of two authors, in 2011, who successfully applied for and won a Sustained Improvement Award for Achievement in Eliminating Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and Critical Care Societies Collaborative. The award was presented to the main campus cardiovascular intensive care units. She is an active member of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and American Heart Association.

Education

  • M.S.N., College of Nursing, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2009
  • B.S.N., Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1998 (magna cum laude)

Certifications

  • Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Board Certified Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (ACNS-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Cardiac Surgery Certification
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), American Heart Association
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), American Heart Association
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor
  • Certificate to Prescribe

Leadership

As a clinical nurse specialist, Cook assesses complex patients, evaluates their progress and identifies nursing interventions to promote positive patient outcomes. From the development or revision of protocols and procedures to the education of nursing staff on clinical practice changes, she strives to incorporate evidence-based interventions and best practice guidelines into her work, helping to guide and lead her colleagues to solutions that deliver the best patient care. Cook’s leadership experience also includes serving as co-director for Cleveland Clinic’s international nursing conference, Dimensions in Cardiac Care.

Clinical Practice

Cook’s clinical expertise is in critical care with a focus on care of the cardiac and thoracic surgery patient populations.

Teaching

Since 2010, Cook has served as a faculty member for Cleveland State University where she has lectured students on the care of the cardiovascular patient. She has taught classes to nurses, nursing students, residents and fellows on the topics of cardiac surgery, acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, hypertension, hemodynamics, and intra-aortic balloon pump therapy. Cook is also an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) instructor in which she teaches courses on end-of-life care within the intensive care setting. Additionally, Cook served as a Cleveland Clinic clinical instructor for two years, instructing critical care and electrocardiography (ECG) classes for registered nurse and licensed practical nurse central orientation while also aiding nursing caregivers in professional development goal attainment.

Research, Publications & Presentations

Cook has spoken locally and nationally on topics such as care of the lung transplant patient, cardiac surgery, and the mentor/mentee relationship. Her most recent research has focused on the nursing management of chest tubes in cardiac surgery patients.

View a selection of her work.

Research

2013. Principal Investigator. Caregivers’ Perceptions of Child Visitation Experience in the Adult Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit: A Qualitative Study [In data collection]

2012. Principal Investigator. Chest Tube Clogging Study – Nurse Perceptions of Chest Tube Care

2012. Research Nurse Liaison. Incidence of chest tube clogging after cardiac surgery: a single-centre prospective observational study [Published March 2013, European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery]

Publications

Karimov JH, Gillinov AM, Schenck L, Cook M, Kosty Sweeney D, Boyle EM, Fukamachi K. Incidence of chest tube clogging after cardiac surgery: a single-centre prospective observational study. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2013; Mar 21.

Presentations

“Pressure Ulcer Prevention Bundle: Best Practices for Bedside Caregivers” at Shared Governance Day, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; November 2013. [poster presentation]

“End of Life in Critical Care: Caring, Comfort, and Compassion” at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Lake Erie Chapter Fall Program; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2013.

“Becoming a Certified Nurse: Is it good for Me? Is it Good for My Patients?” at Nursing Grand Rounds, Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland, Ohio; March 2013.

“Nurses Tackling Pain: A Win-Win Strategy” at the Dimensions in Cardiac Care Conference; Cleveland Ohio; September 2012. [Panel discussion]

“Shared Governance Across the Continuum: Nursing Practice that Makes a Difference” at the Dimensions in Cardiac Care Conference; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2012. [panel discussion]

“Managing Pain in the 21st Century: Learning from the Past while Looking to the Future” at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist Conference; Chicago, Illinois; March 2012.

“Eliminating Healthcare Associated Infections” at the National Teaching Institute-AACN; Chicago, Illinois; May 2011. [award recipient representative and panel discussion member]

“The Newly-Minted CNS: Form Follows Function” at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists 2011 Annual Conference; Baltimore, Maryland; March 2011.

“OR/ICU: Partners in Pressure Ulcer Prevention” at the 5th Annual NDNQI® Conference Heating up Nursing Quality; Miami, Florida; January 2011. [poster presentation]

“NDNQI PU Training: Getting in More Than Skin Deep” at the 5th Annual NDNQI® Conference Heating up Nursing Quality; Miami, Florida; January 2011. [poster presentation]

“Safety Awareness: Creating a Healthy Work Environment” at the Ohio Association of Healthcare Quality State Conference; Newark, Ohio; May 2010. [poster presentation]

“Breath of Fresh Air: Care of the Lung Transplant Recipient” at the 15th Annual Joe Harp Advanced Critical Care Nursing Conference; Akron, Ohio; April 2010.

“Exploring the Role of Advanced Practice Nursing” at the Dimensions in Cardiac Care Symposium; Cleveland, Ohio; September 2009

Professional Involvement

  • Member, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Member, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Member, Lake Erie Chapter, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Member, American Heart Association
  • Member, Ohio Association for Healthcare Quality
  • Past Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing
  • Past Member, Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Inductee, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society

Honors & Awards

  • Caregiver Celebrations Excellence Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2013
  • Linnea Henderson Award for academic achievement, Kent State University, 2009
  • Sustained Improvement Award for Achievement in Eliminating Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (awarded to intensive care units J56 and J64), U.S Department of Health and Human Services and Critical Care Societies Collaborative, 2011

Contact Information

Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Avenue / HSB-188
Cleveland, Ohio 44195
216.445.3416
cookm3@ccf.org