2012-Present Jean K. Cooper, RN BSN MSN LNCC

Jean

Jean earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 1975 and began working in an academic hospital critical care unit.  After about two years, Jean began working in the VA health care system where she remained for over thirty years, continuing to work the majority of the time in critical care.  Jean earned certification as a critical care nurse (CCRN) in 1980 and held the certification for the next 20 years. Jean subsequently earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Sacred Heart University in Connecticut in 1989. That same year, Jean started consulting with local attorneys to review plaintiff cases for merit. Jean moved to Arizona in 1990 and continued with the VA in nursing education as critical care nurse educator.  She also volunteered for the Justice Project doing case analysis sporadically, as well as assisting the Maricopa County Public Defenders’ Office with case development, occasionally.  When Congress funded the Women Veterans Health Program in 1992, Jean was chosen to develop the program in Phoenix, as well as contribute to development of national guidelines for women veterans’ health care.  In 2003, Jean earned a Master’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.  After almost fifteen years working with the Women Veterans Health Program, Jean retired from the VA Healthcare System in 2007.  She was not yet ready to stop working, so she renewed her interest in legal nurse consulting and started working with a medical malpractice defense firm full time the same year.  In 2008, Jean earned certification as a legal nurse consultant (LNCC) and has maintained the certification since.  Jean joined AALNC as an associate member before she was working full time in the legal field, and became a full member in 2007.  Jean has held several offices in the AALNC- Phoenix Chapter and is currently the Chairperson of the Education Committee.