Assistant Professor of Nursing Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) Program Director NURS 3650 Nursing Management of Children and Families Course Coordinator Sigma, Epsilon Rho Chapter, President

Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health

CONTACT INFORMATION

Courses

  • Nursing Management of Children and Families
  • NURS 3650 Nursing Management of Children and Families Clinical Lab/Practicum
  • NURS 3651 Nursing Care of the Child and Family
  • NURS 3340 Nursing Care of the Child and Family Clinical Lab/Practicum
  • NURS 3341 Critique and Utilization of Nursing Research, NURS 4430

Research

  • Trauma-informed care and pedagogy
  • Vulnerable populations, premature infants, neonates, children
  • Student success
  • Clinical judgement
  • Clinical reasoning
  • Clinical decision making
  • Integration of evidenced-based practice (EBP)

Education

  • PhD, Seton Hall University
  • MSN, William Paterson University
  • BSN, Seton Hall University

Academic Profile

Dr. Couper is recognized by the National League of Nursing as certified Nurse Educator.  She is also a certified Pediatric Nurse through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has practiced in multiple patient care areas including an in-patient pediatric oncology unit, NICU, Pediatric, and Mother-Baby units.  She has served her community as a staff nurse in a pediatric office and as the school nurse for many years in an elementary school (pre-k through 8th grade). 

Dr. Couper is a dedicated nurse educator and mentor to students in the Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health. She recognizes the importance of assisting students on their journey of becoming the next generation of nurses who will improve healthcare throughout the nation. She has implemented innovative teaching methodologies to improve critical thinking, clinical judgment, and clinical decision making. Since 2011, she has taught Pediatric Nursing and Nursing Research. She continues to be a mentor for Honor Academy students. She serves  Epsilon Rho chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society as the Chapter’s President. 

Dr. Couper’s scholarly work and clinical practice have focused on premature infants, implementing EBP in the NICU, and recognizing ways to support student success. She is a published author in Advances in Neonatal Care and Nursing Education Perspectives. Dr. Couper recently completed a multifaceted clinical research project sponsored by RWJ Barnabas Health which focused on extremely premature infant parents’ perceptions of trauma-informed developmental neuroprotective care (TIDNC) and their perceptions of nursing support as well as the nurses’ readiness to implement the evidenced-based practice change to TIDNC. 

Dr. Couper is the Program Director for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program sponsored by HRSA.  The program provides student loans to students enrolled in graduate nursing degree programs who are committed to becoming nurse faculty.

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