Signe Skott Cooper is a name synonymous with continuing nursing education. Through her pioneering efforts and lifelong contributions, she has been an inspiration for the nursing profession. Her contributions have helped to sustain and develop creative methodologies for both traditional and distance learning in continuing nursing education.
After becoming a nurse in 1943, Cooper joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and was stationed in the China-Burma-India theater. Upon her return she started a lifelong dedication to nursing as an educator, editor, consultant, historian, author, administrator, researcher, mentor and pioneering leader in continuing education. One of her more notable accomplishments was the pioneer development of extensive telephone conferencing courses in 1966. The initial course was offered through a series of telephone bridges to 24 listening posts throughout Wisconsin with more than 600 nurses enrolled. She has written five books, has been an editor or on editorial boards for seven nursing magazines, and has served as a consultant to such publishing firms as McGraw Hill and Springer Publishing Company.
Cooper has received numerous awards and honors, including the Image of Nursing Award from the Wisconsin Nurses Association, the Wisconsin Governor's Special Award and the Medallion of Services from the Wisconsin Heart Association.