The Evelyn J. Barclay Fund Scholarship recipient began her career in nursing with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1994. She then went on to complete a Master of Education at Lakehead University in 2001, and then a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Ottawa in 2007.
Jennifer has extensive clinical experience in psychiatric nursing and emergency nursing, becoming a Certified Emergency Nurse from the Canadian Emergency Nurses Association. She has been in clinical nursing administrative positions as Clinical Coordinator in transitional care, Assistant Director of Nursing in long-term care, Nurse Manager of emergency services and Clinical Director of medical/surgical nursing. She has held faculty positions, teaching emergency nursing specialty and pre-licensure nursing courses. Jennifer currently serves as the Director of Nursing at Century College in White Bear Lake, MN.
Jennifer maintains her lifelong learning and career in nursing while raising five children who range in age from 1 to 15 years old. She is also a Veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, having served as one of the first women in Canada in a combat occupation.
In 2013, Jennifer started another chapter of her education in the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing degree program at the University of North Dakota. Jennifer’s research is focused on nursing student success in pre-licensure programs. Her goal is to consistently transform pre-licensure nursing education to meet the growing healthcare needs of the population.
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