Jennifer Childress

Las Vegas, Nevada

Active duty Air Force and changing nursing culture

Major Jennifer Childress (active duty USAF) was graduated from the Master's of Nursing Program at Aspen University with a degree in Administration and Management.

Major Jennifer Childress's military career began in 2005 at Scott Air Force Base, IL where she worked as a Medical-Surgical Nurse. During this time, Jennifer focused on sharpening her nursing skills and quickly began looking for ways to advance her nursing knowledge, skill set, and education. In 2008, she was accepted into the Air Force's Critical Care/Emergency Medicine fellowship program in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating the one year fellowship, Jennifer utilized her new skills as a Surgical-Trauma nurse when she deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq. In 2009, she decided to again further her nursing education by obtaining her Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) Certification. In 2011, Jennifer was selected by her supervisors to become a Critical Care Transport Team (CCATT) Nurse and had the opportunity to care for severely injured personnel during her deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Following her deployment in 2012, Jennifer was transferred to Las Vegas, NV and chosen to lead daily operations for the Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratory where she supervised eight technicians and five nurses. As a newly assigned nursing leader, Jennifer recognized the need to again further her education and subsequently enrolled in Aspen University's MSN Administration and Management program. In 2016 while on another deployment to the Middle East, Jennifer was able to successfully fulfill her academic requirements with the presentation of a Capstone project focused on Compassion Fatigue in Military Nurses. Her capstone project will be disseminated to change the culture of military nursing to reduce compassion fatigue.

"Aspen University's online MSN Administration and Management program allowed me to not only further my nursing education but also allowed me to gain the confidence and knowledge needed to become a successful nursing leader, all while continuing to serve my country."

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