Two-Years Down and Counting: Meet Earlene Cooper

DSC_5147Assistant Professor Earlene Cooper is not new to Nightingale College nor nursing. She joined the Nightingale team in 2013 and currently teaches didactic course NUR 240. Earlene received her Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Education from Western Governors University. Her personality can illuminate the room and she always has a smile on her face. Let’s get to know Earlene.

What is your favorite part about working at the College? 

My favorite part about working at nightingale college is working with the learners and our collaborators. We have great collaborators that help each other and care deeply for the students. The learners make me smile. Learners are so smart and willing to grow.

What was your inspiration for becoming a nurse? 

My inspiration to become a nurse comes from many sources. I had a mother who cared for her aging mother. My mother had cancer for ten years during my teens. I was grateful to gain the skills to care for her before she pasted away.

Share what your favorite nursing moment has been. 

My favorite nursing moments include coming to work and being with the wonderful people I work with. Seeing nurses work as a team to improve the lives of others.

What advice would you give to our current learners? 

Advice I would give to learners would be to press forward and support one another. It is hard but it is worth it.

Share 3 random facts about yourself. 

I can sing. I like to dance. I had my last child when I was 40.

If you were to make a bucket list, what would be some of your list items? 

I want to see Mount Rushmore, I want to go to Canada and see Niagara Falls, I want to see my grandchildren make good choices and be good people.

What are some hobbies you enjoy? 

Hiking with friends. Running and playing with children. Going on long walks with my husband, cleaning the house, and doing yard work.

If your life had a theme song, what would it be? 

Music is the many colors of life. Life has many songs and moments.

What else can we know about you? 

You are welcome in my home any time.