Student Feature: Jennifer L. Heck

“I enjoyed using the NEXus website and finding courses that I could take, unique to my specific program of research and academic interests. I ended up taking three courses through NEXus at the University of New Mexico. Registration and enrollment were generally effortless, and UNM has outstanding faculty and staff to assist at any moment. The experience was great, and I learned so much that I can use and apply with my program of research. I highly recommend NEXus to any and all doctoral students who are searching for offerings to align with their program of research, but can't find anything suitable at their home institution.”

Jennifer is the program coordinator for the Ada campus of East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where she teaches nursing research, critical care nursing, and maternal-newborn nursing. After earning her BSN from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing, Jennifer worked as a staff nurse in mother-baby and the neonatal ICU. During this time, Jennifer earned her RNC-NIC certification. In addition, she earned her MS from the University of Oklahoma and followed with her critical care clinical nurse specialist (CCNS-neonatal) advanced practice certification. After transitioning from staff nursing to nursing education, Jennifer earned her CNE certification. She is a doctoral candidate in the PhD in nursing program at the University of Oklahoma  where her research focus is postpartum depression in American Indian women.

Jennifer L. Heck, MS, RNC-NIC, CNE
2014-2016 Family Research Centered Predoctoral Scholar and 2016-2018 Jonas Nurse Scholar
at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing

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