When Thalia Cordaro earned the Most Outstanding Capstone award for her final project in her Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) program at Thomas Jefferson University’s Jefferson School of Nursing in August 2011, she could have sat back and enjoyed her success. But the new MSN graduate took her project, an evidentiary review of the use of skin wraps in the delivery room for preterm, low birth weight infants, even further. First she had it accepted for publication in the journal Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews, slated for the June 2012 issue. Then her poster presentation was accepted for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Annual Educational Conference in Palm Springs, Ca., in October 2012.
Cordaro, a Scranton, Pa., resident, credits her husband and family, including four sons, ages four, seven, eight and 13, for helping her accomplish the goal of earning an MSN. Throughout her graduate program she juggled family and schoolwork while maintaining a 3.91 GPA and continuing her memberships in the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Now Cordaro works as an NNP in the neonatal intensive care unit at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. “I am blessed to be living my dream of being a NNP and doing the work that I love,” Cordaro says. “I am so proud to be a nurse and consider it a privilege to be a part of my patients’ lives during some of their best and worst times. I have learned so much from my colleagues at the bedside.” She plans to pursue a doctorate in nursing in the next few years.