Dr. Jennifer “Jen” Creech is a 2016 graduate of the BSN-to-DNP and FNP program at Loyola University New Orleans. Jen’s research-based/scholarly doctoral project was a quality improvement initiative and was entitled Joint Commission Medical Home Certification: Championing the Quality of Primary Healthcare. With the overarching goal of becoming the first Joint Commission accredited Medical Home in Orleans Parish (and six surrounding parishes), a baseline comprehensive critical appraisal of organizational policies, procedures, and practices was conducted at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Algiers, Louisiana. She earned her BSN, RN from LSU Medical Center in December 1995, and over the past 24 years she has gained experience in a wide variety of management-, administrative-, and patient-based settings. For the past three years she has been practicing as a primary care provider in the FQHC setting in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. By embracing the values of scholarship and leadership in her academic and professional work, Jen was the sole recipient of the 2016 Loyola BSN-to-DNP Nightingale Award and the 2015 Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners Student of the Year Award. From May 2014 – May 2016 she was elected to serve as the Student Representative to the DNP Program Committee. In 2015, she proudly represented Loyola as a Graduate Student Scribe for Embracing the Challenge: Enhancing Diversity in Louisiana’s Nursing Workforce Think Tank." This invitation only think tank was sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Nursing (in collaboration with the Louisiana Action Coalition, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the AARP). In May and October 2015, Jen received the Excellent Graduate Student Award from Xi Psi Chapter-at-Large, Sigma Theta Tau International. She is committed to affecting healthcare change through active participation in local, state, national, and international communities. At the policy-making level, she attended several hearings in support of Senate Bill 187 at the Louisiana State Capitol during the 2016 legislative season. While enrolled in the FNP program, Jen served as the Louisiana Chapter President of the Transcultural Nursing Society and now serves as the Vice President. Since early 2017 she has been sitting on the Board of Directors for the Health Empowerment Corporation—a non-profit organization that provides free healthcare services to village communities in Nigeria. From December 2018 – March 2019, Jen chaired the committee for a parish-wide cervical and breast cancer screening event that was sponsored by St. Tammany Cancer Center, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, and Women’s Hospital. The event was held at START Community Health Center on 03/15/19, and she personally performed a multitude of free breast and cervical cancer screening examinations. Jen’s favorite theorists are Dr. Jean Watson, Dr. Madeline Leininger, and Dr. Albert Bandura. Jen attributes her professional success to her incredibly supportive and loving husband, Steve. This past summer Jen and Steve’s only child, Raven, graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in political science; Raven hopes to one day work in the Library of Congress.
DNP, Loyola University New Orleans; BSN, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center