DNP, PhD graduates lead national organizations
Cindy C. Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, currently works in the Primary Care Clinic at Fox Army Health Center in Huntsville, Ala. providing care for active duty and retired military personnel and their families. She is an experienced nurse and nurse practitioner with national board certification as a family nurse practitioner.
She was elected President-Elect of AANP in 2014 and will assume the presidency in 2016.
Dr. Cooke is no stranger to leading nurse practitioners and representing their interests. She was the founding President of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama (NPAA). NPAA was formed to combine the regional nurse practitioner organizations to speak as one voice legislatively. Dr. Cooke also is past president of the North Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association (NANPA), past American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) state representative for Alabama and past AANP Region 11 Director. She also was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2009.
She earned her doctor of nursing practice from the UAB School of Nursing in 2013.
And Dr. Cooke is just one national president-elect or president leading nurse practitioners the UAB School of Nursing currently counts among its alumni.
Sheila D. Melander, PhD, ACNP, FCCM, FAANP, is in the middle of a two-year term (2014-2016) as president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). NONPF is the only organization specifically devoted to promoting quality nurse practitioner education at the national and international levels, representing a global network of nurse practitioner educators.
Dr. Melander is a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing where she is Assistant Dean of Graduate Faculty Affairs, as well as MSN and DNP Program Director. She was involved in the revision of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Scope and Standards document in 2006 and was a member of the work committee that established the 2012 Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies. She also led the development of the Statement on Acute Care and Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioners. Additionally she facilitated the development of a second multiorganizational white paper addressing nurse practitioner employment, which is being used across the U.S. in both primary and acute care settings.
Dr. Melander is a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and also of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her PhD from UAB in 1990.