Mona Cook, BSN, RN, CBCN, is one of the Care Coordinators at the Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center. She graduated from Coe College with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and received her RN diploma from the St. Luke’s School of Nursing.
Mona started her career working a variety of shifts in a med-surg unit, including five years as an assistant head nurse. During her time there she felt they took great care of the breast cancer patients physically, but felt their psychological needs were largely overlooked. That’s why she chose to become a Care Coordinator, to follow her passion of caring for breast cancer patients while promoting breast health. Some of her clinical interests include triple negative and triple positive breast cancers and new androgen receptor testing.
When asked what qualities describe her care, Mona said, “I think I’m a realist. When I work with patients, I talk about their disease on their level. I want them to realize this isn’t their sister’s or mother’s breast cancer, it’s their own. Each patient’s breast cancer is different as well as their plan of care. My goal is for my patients to base their treatment decisions on education and knowledge, not on fear.”
In her free time Mona enjoys traveling, flea markets and watching Iowa football. She also achieved the First Class award as a Girl Scout, and played softball until she was 40.
- BSN, Coe College
- RN, St. Luke’s School of Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Registered Nurse
- Certified Breast Care Nurse