Joanna Cole, RN, APRN, FNP-BC


Joanna Cole, currently works within the Yale New Haven Healthcare System as an APRN for the Smilow Cancer Center, Benign Hematology, with a primary focus on Sickle Cell Disease. In this capacity, she serves as a patient’s primary care provider, collaborating with a multidisciplinary team to manage the co-morbidities associated with Sickle Cell Disease. She has spearheaded processes and protocols that decrease hospital admission and length of hospital stays related to Sickle Cell exacerbations and pain crises. Her multidisciplinary team in the Adult Sickle Cell Program at YNHH was awarded the achievement award for Excellence in the Workplace by the Connecticut Nursing Association. She is interested in research to control patients in pain crisis, including other non-medication treatments, and through medical marijuana.  Joanna also has discussed the need for patient-center medical homes for patients living with Sickle Cell Disease.  She is a lecturer at Yale University School of Nursing, teaching Medical-Surgical Nursing clinicals in the GEPN year since 2008. She recently has moved into the position of Lab Coordinator for Health Assessment in the GEPN year, after four years of teaching Health Assessment at Yale University. She received her BSN from Western Connecticut State University and her MSN from Pace University. She currently holds her certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.