Read About Deb Cook's Career at Trinity
Deb Cook, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Meet Deb Cook, a nurse who is passionate about helping her patients get the best care. Deb started her career at Trinity 15 years ago as a medical surgical nurse. Over the years, Deb has taken advantage of Trinity’s educational opportunities to grow as a nurse and expand her career. She has taken on the role of Night and Day Charge Nurse and then as a Clinical Educator. Most recently, Deb has stepped into the position of Care Coordinator.
As a Care Coordinator Deb works with the patient, their family, physician, bedside nurse and social worker to ensure the patient is getting the right kind of care during their stay as well as when they are discharged. In her position, Deb meets with all the patients during and prior to going home. While meeting with many patients can some days be daunting, Deb shares this is the part of her job she appreciates most.
“I enjoy visiting with patients, being able to sit and visit with them to learn about who they are,” she explains. “I think we are always quick to make assumptions about people, so it is very important to learn about them. The more you know about them and understand their background, the better you can help them with their care.” Because of her background, Deb is also able to draw on her years as a clinical educator to help her patients understand their illness or disease.
“I like all of my co-workers,” shares Deb. “I like that I can help everyone when they need it, whether they are in 3 North or 2North. We work as a team for what is best for every patient.”
Thank you Deb for putting our patients first and making Trinity a great place to work!
What do all those letters mean?
MSN | Master of Science in Nursing - A Master of Science in Nursing is an advanced-level postgraduate degree for registered nurses and is considered an entry-level degree for nurse educators and managers. The degree also may prepare a nurse to seek a career as a nurse administrator, health policy expert, or clinical nurse leader.
RN | Registered Nurse - A registered nurse is one who has graduated from an accredited nursing education program and has passed a state board examination and been registered and licensed to practice nursing.
CMSRN | Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse - A nurse as one who specializes in medical/surgical nursing. Because we believe a highly trained staff is essential for our patients, UnityPoint Health - Fort Dodge provides tuition assistance to eligible employees for approved formal advanced education courses.