Elizabeth Cooper

Elizabeth Cooper

Faculty Emeritus

Faculty Emeritus


Dr. Elizabeth Cooper is an experienced clinical systems management expert. Her work focused on quality and safety education for nursing. Dr. Cooper has also contributed to the nursing education by submitting for publication a number of her research projects and investigations.

Dr. Cooper received her master’s in nursing and doctor in nurse practitioner degrees at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Copper’s research interests are in the areas of nursing education, assessment surveys, patient and student outcomes.

Dr. Cooper is a University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty Emerita.


  • Clinical Systems Management
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care
  • Adult Health
  • Professional Development

Research Areas

  • Nursing education
  • Assessment surveys
  • Patient and student outcomes


  • Program Evaluation Committee
  • Distinguished Research Committee
  • Academic Standards Committee


  • RN Diploma, Abbott-Northwestern School of Nursing
  • BS, College of St. Francis
  • MSN, University of San Francisco
  • DNP, University of San Francisco

Awards & Distinctions

  • Member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing

Selected Publications

Additional Information

Licensure & Certification

  • Licensed professional registered nurse in California
  • Certified Nurse Leader (CNL)
  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Professional Memberships

  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing
  • California Nursing Association
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • local and national member)
  • American Educational Research Association
  • National League of Nurses


  • Current focus: professional development & mentorship
  • Began mentorship program at UCSF April 2010
  • Consultant for mentorship program at UCSF 10ICC
  • School of Nursing safety issues


  • BSN Co-Chair
  • Quality & Safety Officer
  • Member of the Administration Council
  • Member of the Academic Standards Committee
  • Member of the Distinguished Research Committee
  • Member of DNP Advisory Board
  • Member of the QSEN Resource Team
  • Sigma Theta-Tau Beta Gamma Chapter
  • Past Member of the SON Search Committee
  • Past Member of the Program Evaluation Committee
  • At the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center:
  • Member of the Nursing Performance Improvement Executive Committee


  • April 20, 2010- Mentor Pilot Program to the cardiovascular intensive care staff
  • June 17, 2010 led Mentor Meeting in 10ICC UCSF
  • September 29-30,2010 poster presentation at the Third National DNP Conference:
  • “Creating a Culture of Professional Development: A Milestone Pathway Tool for Registered Nurses”
  • March 17 & 18, 2011- Poster presentation at the 21st Annual Medical-Surgical Nursing Conference. “Creating a Culture of Professional Development: A Milestone Pathway Tool for Registered Nurses”
  • March 16, 2011 Presentation to the UCSF 10 ICC mentorship participants. “Mentorship Games verses Joy Stealing Games”
  • April & May, 2011 present Quality and Safety reporting findings to faculty and students in multiple meetings.
  • May 31-June 2, 2011 – Poster presentation at the 2011 QSEN National Forum. “Reporting Errors & Near Misses: Creating a Just Culture Transparency for Both Faculty & Nursing Students”
  • June 15, 2011 Podium presentation at the San Francisco Bay Area QSEN Faculty Development Year 1 Follow Up Meeting.
  • September 19, 2011 presentation to USF SONHP faculty on the One year summary of QSEN Outcomes
  • September 29, 2011 podium presentation at the 4th National Doctoral of Nursing Practice Conference: Impacting Health Care Policy. “Creating a Culture of Blameless Reporting & Transparency in Nursing Education”