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Elaine Cook

Assistant Professor of Nursing


  • PhD University of Iowa
  • MSN South Dakota State University
  • BSN University of Iowa
  • AA Des Moines Area Community College


Elaine Cook was appointed BSN program director in fall 2011. She joined Mount Mercy as an adjunct faculty member in 2010, in which she taught nurse advocacy.

She is currently teaching health care systems with emphasis on leadership, organizations, technology and health care law and ethics. Cook previously served as a teaching assistant at The University of Iowa teaching health care and nursing courses. Her interests include gerontology, standardized nursing languages, the Medicare and Medicaid nursing home recertification survey process, health care policy, and nursing administration.

Cook has been involved in the healthcare industry for nearly 20 years, including positions with McFarland Clinic in Ames as regional office manager; Methodist Manor Retirement Community in Storm Lake, Iowa, as vice president of clinical services; Saint Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa, as house supervisor; and Twilight Acres Nursing Home in Wall Lake Iowa, as director of staff development.

She is a member of Iowa Nurses Association and American Nurses Association, has held positions as vice president and co-president of Association for Graduate Nursing Students, was the 2001 state nursing president for Iowa Health Care Association, a fellow with the Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness, and belongs to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, Phi Chapter.

Cook has been recognized for her performance in the health care industry having been named an Evercare Nursing Scholar and a G-STARS Scholar through the John A. Hartford Center for Nursing Excellence at The University of Iowa. She has also shared her professional experience as a guest speaker for many health care events across the state, including the District Education and State Convention at the Iowa Health Care Association, the State Educational Convention for Iowa Hospital Association, and the Overall Women Conference, in which she spoke about osteoporosis for women’s health. Additionally, Cook has served as a guest lecturer for many nursing schools in Iowa.