Marianne Cochrane began teaching at Durham College in 2001 and is currently a full-time faculty member teaching in Durham College and Ontario Tech’s collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program.
After graduating from the Nursing program at Sir Sandford Fleming College in 1975, Cochrane worked as a clinical nurse for almost 20 years in the neonatal intensive care unit at Oshawa General Hospital, now Lakeridge Health Corporation, followed by leadership and management experience as resource nurse, patient care facilitator, clinical leader and interim program manager from 1994 to 2001. While working full-time she continued her studies and obtained her Bachelor of Administrative Studies degree from York University and Master in Health Science (Nursing) degree from Charles Sturt University. She is a past board member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO), serving as the Region 8 representative from 2001 to 2005 and is currently completing her term as president of the Provincial Nurse Educators Interest Group. In addition, she has served on various RNAO committees, including bylaws, resolutions, nursing education and is presently a panel member for the Best Practice Guidelines for Practice Education in Nursing committee.
Cochrane believes nurses play a key role in the lives of individuals, their families and their communities through establishing caring and interpersonal relationships. She feels there is no better way to influence this then by mentoring and teaching eager students the fine art and science of nursing.