Cardiac Nurse Practitioner Receives National Clinical Practice Award
March 14, 2008
Laurie Kopin, M.S., R.N., A.N.P., senior nurse practitioner and manager for the University of Rochester Medical Center cardiac rehabilitation and preventive cardiology program, has been honored with the Terry Thomas Clinical Practice Award by the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association.
The award, which recognizes excellence in preventive cardiovascular nursing practice and acknowledges delivery of outstanding patient care, will be presented to Kopin on April 24 at the organization’s national meeting in Orlando, Fla.
Kopin oversees the cardiac rehabilitation and preventive cardiology program – the Strong Heart Program – which is one of the largest in the Northeast. More than 1,000 active patients walk through its doors each week. About 800 of them are long-term visitors who have been coming for years – some for a decade or more. About 200 patients are closely monitored as part of Phase II, having recently recovered from a cardiac event or procedure. The 8,000-square-foot facility is staffed by 13 nurses, two nurse practitioners, two exercise physiologists, a nutritionist, and clerical staff.
Kopin was nominated for the award by Thomas Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., senior associate dean for clinical research and the Albert D. Kaiser Professor of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, who co-directs the cardiac rehabilitation and preventive cardiology program.
“The key to this program is Laurie, who built it almost single-handedly,” Pearson said. “She has created a positive environment of wellness and support for patients. She has developed a scholarship program so no one is turned away. It’s a true family.”
Kopin also is involved in numerous professional activities that promote preventive cardiology nursing and contribute to the health of the Rochester community and beyond. For example, she and Pearson co-edit the Lipid Management Section of the PIER project for the American College of Physicians. She has co-authored book chapters and articles on cardiac rehabilitation, the clinical management of lipid disorders, and behavioral medicine literature. She frequently serves as co-investigator on numerous clinical trials. Additionally, she represents the University of Rochester Medical Center on a working group created by the Centers for Disease Control to explore strategies to improve risk factor screening of first-degree relatives of premature coronary disease patients.
Kopin also holds joint faculty appointments as associate professor of Clinical Nursing from the University of Rochester School of Nursing and senior instructor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.