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CHERYL KRIPKE COHEN, RN, MSN, HCMHT

FromMyHarp@comcast.net                              215-233-1281                                www.FromMyHarp.com

CAREER SUMMARY

Harp Therapist with a mastery level proficiency in musical improvisation, an extensive musical repertoire, and the ability to play songs by ear. Harp music is individualized to patients in a variety of health care settings to promote healing of patients' emotional, mental, physical, and/or spiritual functioning. Passionate about helping people cope with health care issues by sharing the healing power of music.

Nursing professional with over 20 years experience in health care, specializing in pediatric primary health care. Conscientious, caring, and organized Registered Nurse with excellent observational, assessment, and patient education skills. Strong communication skills facilitate trust, emotional support, and empathy with patients and their loved ones, and effective collaboration with staff.

EDUCATION

Hospital Certified Harp Therapist and Hospital Certified Master of Harp Therapy
BEDSIDE HARP, Bensalem, PA and ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL,
New Brunswick, NJ - August 2005

Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Primary Health Care
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, Philadelphia, PA - August 1986

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Cum Laude
BOSTON UNIVERSITY, Boston, MA - May 1981

HARP THERAPY WORK EXPERIENCE

Hospitals and Cancer Centers

PAOLI HOSPITAL - Main Line Health - Paoli, PA, November 2009 - present
Provide harp therapy throughout this 231-bed evidence-based designed community hospital. Therapeutic music is played in patient rooms and hallways of medical, surgical, telemetry, cardiac, orthopedic, oncology, progressive care and intensive care units, ambulatory surgical unit, pre-op and recovery rooms, emergency department, the atrium and surgical waiting area.

FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER - Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 2012 - May 2013; Sept. 2013 - May 2014
Provided harp therapy throughout this National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center research facility and 64-bed hospital. Therapeutic music played in both outpatient and inpatient areas. Outpatient areas included chemo infusion rooms, radiation department, women's center, patient education resource centers, and several waiting areas/lobbies. Inpatient areas included the surgical, medical, and intensive care units playing in patient rooms, hallways, visitor lounges, and surgical waiting room.

ABINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - Abington, PA, December 2006 - April 2009
Provided harp therapy in this 665-bed teaching hospital in patient rooms and hallways. Visited medical, surgical, oncology, hospice, pediatric, telemetry, neurology, and orthopedic units, the heart center, pre-op and recovery rooms, emergency room, inpatient psychiatric, dialysis, progressive care, rehab, and heart failure units, antepartum, postpartum, labor and delivery units, five intensive care units and waiting areas. Played harp music in Rosenfeld Cancer Center. Facilitated partnership between Bedside Harp and Abington Memorial Hospital. Supervised and mentored harp therapy interns.

Hospices

HOSPICE COMPASSUS - Willow Grove, PA, May 2011 - June 2012
Provided harp therapy for hospice patients and their significant others in long-term care facilities and private homes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.

COMPASSIONATE CARE HOSPICE - Bensalem, PA, September 2009 - March 2011
Provided harp therapy for hospice patients and their significant others in long-term care facilities and private homes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.

CARING HOSPICE - Fort Washington, PA, January 2007 - April 2009
Provided harp therapy to hospice patients and their significant others in long-term care facilities and private homes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.

Long-Term Care Facilities

CATHEDRAL VILLAGE - Philadelphia, PA, January 2011 - present
Provide harp therapy throughout skilled nursing, memory impairment, and rehab units. Play harp music for residents in their rooms and in groups.

ARISTA CARE AT MEADOW SPRINGS - Plymouth Meeting, PA, January 2011 - present
Provide harp therapy throughout post-acute care facility specializing in rehabilitation, pulmonary, neuromuscular and neurological care. Play harp music for residents in their rooms and in groups.

CHESTER VALLEY REHAB AND NURSING CENTER - Malvern, PA, February 2013 - present
Play harp music for residents in their rooms and in groups.

BROOMALL REHAB AND NURSING CENTER - Broomall, PA, May 2012 - December 2013
Provide harp music for a group of residents in dementia unit.

NESHAMINY MANOR NURSING HOME - Warrington, PA, October 2007 - December 2011
Provided harp music to groups of residents in dementia and skilled nursing units, and in residents' rooms.

ADDITIONAL HARP WORK EXPERIENCE

Play harp music at wellness events, funerals, memorial and healing services, long-term care facilities, and private homes. Perform at weddings, special events and celebrations. Teach private harp lessons.

MUSICAL VOLUNTEER WORK AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Play harp music at healing, sabbath and high holiday services, funerals, shivas, and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs for Or Hadash - A Reconstructionist Synagogue, Fort Washington, PA - 2003 to present
  • Sing in four part choir (soprano section) at Or Hadash - 2000 to present
  • Produced Healing Harmonies, a 19 track healing CD of Jewish music, at Or Hadash - 2004
  • Recorded 7 tracks on Healing Harmonies: 1 track on harp, 3 on piano, 3 with Or Hadash choir - 2004
  • Belonged to a harp circle and performed at social and religious events - 2003 to 2004

CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES

  • Licensed Registered Nurse since 1981, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania since 1982
  • Certified Breastfeeding Counselor, Childbirth Education Association of Greater Philadelphia - 1987
  • Certified Parenting Educator, Parents' Network, Fort Washington, PA - 1992