Ingrid Cook of Baton Rouge provides care for children of U.S. military families as well as children of civilian families in her community and discussed the challenges and rewards of her profession as well as advice for students.
The Pediatric Nursing Certification Board is the largest independent pediatric nursing certification organization in the United States. Over 95 percent of all pediatric nurses who certify choose PNCB.
Cook’s profile on the site is one of several that give prospective nursing professionals a detailed look at what they do and how they impact patient care, according to Lori Anne Boocks, director of marketing and communications for PNCB.
The pediatric nursing careers webpage receives requests from students in elementary through undergraduate nursing school who would like to interview a pediatric nursing professional.
Because the page is so popular, PNCB added a section with interviews of nursing professionals in various roles to illustrate the many possibilities in the pediatric nursing field.
Cook described a typical day on the job, her favorite aspects of nursing and the education needed to achieve her role as a military pediatric nursing professional.
Cook earned her Master of Science in Nursing through the pediatric nurse practitioner program at Northwestern State in 2010. Before graduation, she earned the 2009 Graduate Student of the Year award presented by Northwestern State’s Beta Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Last October, the Department of the Navy, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, appointed her to serve a three-year term as the Navy Nurse Corps Reserves Specialty Leader for Pediatric Nursing.
“As the Reserve Pediatric/PNP Specialty Leader, I serve as the pediatric subject matter expert concerning national specialty nursing issues, serve as the senior mentor to assist members with their career development needs, works closely with U.S. Navy recruiters to review and provide recommendations for pediatric nurses who have applied to join the US Navy Nurse Corps,” Cook said.
Cook was recently nominated for a REAL Award for her dedication to improving the health of low-income families.
She rides a mobile health clinic bus to visit children in some of Baton Rouge’s most poverty-stricken neighborhoods in the Big Blue Bus initiative sponsored by Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. REAL Awards were created to celebrate the work of healthcare workers for saving lives around the world.
Read Cook’s profile on the PNCB website at pncb.org/ptistore/control/interviews/nr. For information on nursing programs available at Northwestern State, visit nursing.nsula.edu/nursing.