Lili Cook

Lili Cook

Assistant Professor MS, PNP

Programs and Courses Taught

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

N158 Nursing Care of Infants Children and Youth

About Me

 I have been a nurse since 1977 when I graduated from Samuel Merritt Hospital School of Nursing.  I began my nursing career in adult critical care but soon transitioned to pediatric critical care at UCSF where I fell in love with caring for children after cardiac surgery.  I worked there for 8 years  and moved to Children's Hospital Oakland as a PNP/CNS in pediatric cardiology after completing my Masters Degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner.  At CHO I worked with children undergoing cardiac surgery, ran the pacemaker clinic and had the outstanding opportunity to participate in creating and volunteering with Heart to Heart, a non-profit organization that traveled to Russia multiple times to create a pediatric cardiac surgery program in St. Petersburg, Russia. My teaching career began when I returned to UCSF to teach pediatric nursing in the Masters Entry Program in Nursing.  I have since worked at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital as a PNP in cardiology (specializing in primary pulmonary hypertension)z.  I returned to my original nursing roots at Samuel Merritt University in 2002 where I have been teaching pediatric nurse. I love nursing and helping to "turn the light on" for students in pediatric nursing.   I am a 3rd generation native to the SF Bay Area. I live in Oakland with my wife and 2 kids (ages 22 and 16), 2 dogs and cat.  Outside of teaching I love to hike, cycle, garden and be out of doors as much as possible.  I still love nursing as when I started over 40 years ago.  And passing that passion for pediatric nursing on to students is a joy and honor.  


BA Biological Sciences UC Davis 1975; RN Samuel Merritt hospital School of Nursing 1977; Masters of Science in Pediatric Primary Care at UCSF School of Nursing

Teaching Interests

Pediatric nursing (undergraduate and pediatric content in FNP program); interprofessional education; simulation; growth and development; social determinants of health; Adverse Childhood Experiences; nursing care in early childhood education

Scholarly Interests

Interprofessional Education in Simulation


Gage-Kelly, l., Petti, l. & Cook L (2016) Evaluation of an interprofessional simulation experience related to TeamSTEPPS competencies with nursing and physician assistant students. IMSH (Society for Simulation in Healthcare) Conference January 2016;      Cook, E. H. & Higgins, S. A. (2010). Congenital heart disease. In P.L. Jackson & J. A. Vessey (Eds.) Primary care of the child with a chronic condition (5th ed). St. Louis: Mosby;     Turpin, S. & Cook, L. (1999). Cardiology nursing case management for children with congenital and acquired heart disease. Third International Symposium on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care (abstract);  “Reflections on Russia” NurseWeek,  March, 1992.     

Community Service

Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the court system for foster placement