Cheri Jenkins is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Douglas, Sarpy and Lancaster County Corrections. Ms. Jenkins provides psychiatric evaluations, brief therapy, mental health education and medication management to patients who struggle with mental illness. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Nursing in 1999. In 2006, Ms. Jenkins obtained a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Bellevue University affording her the opportunity to practice as a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Provisionally Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor in an outpatient setting for 7 years. Shortly after, she received another master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Leadership from Bellevue University in 2008.
Ms. Jenkins has worked in many of the Omaha area hospitals as a psychiatric nurse and in several state penitentiaries as a corrections nurse until she received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Nursing in 2015. Ms. Jenkins is a former board member on National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Nebraska and is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
She is dedicated to working in corrections and feels her current role has joined all of her education to help meet the needs of this underserved population. In the near future she plans to obtain a Doctorate of Nurse Practice (DNP) as she aspires for a career that integrates the roles of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Community Educator.
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