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Dr. Jean F. Jenkins is a clinical advisor for the Division of Communication, Policy, and Education at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH. Previously, she worked at the NIH Clinical Center Nursing Department, the National Cancer Institute, and the Genomic Healthcare Branch, NHGRI. 

Dr. Jenkins received her B.S.N. from the University of Maryland, an M.S.N. at the Catholic University of America, and her Ph.D. from the George Mason University, Virginia, in 1999, completing Innovation of Diffusion Research on Genetics Education for Nurses. It was during a clinical internship as part of her doctoral studies that she recognized the importance of advances in genetics research for all healthcare providers.

Dr. Jenkins has been motivated and committed to preparing others to become aware of, plan for and integrate genetic concepts into clinical practice.  In 2005, she received the Michael J. Scotti Jr. Award for National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) efforts as the content and instruction co-chair when she coordinated the development and consensus of the NCHPEG competencies.  Building on these efforts, Dr. Jenkins co-coordinated the development of the Essential Nursing Competencies and Curricula Guidelines for Genetics and Genomics, which led to the development of an interdisciplinary education resource repository ( ) and a web-based case-scenarios resource ( ).  Dr. Jenkins was a co-investigator for the NCSBN-funded grant related to the integration of genomic knowledge into nursing practice.  

She has written over 130 publications including three series for the Journal of Nursing Scholarship on genomics (2007; 2011; 2013).  Dr. Jenkins has co-authored four nursing texts, including Nursing Care in the Genomic Era: A Case Based Approach, (Jenkins, J. & Lea, D. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2005) and Genetics and Genomics in Oncology Nursing Practice (Calzone, K., Masny, A., & Jenkins, J. PA: Oncology Nursing Press, 2010).

Dr. Jenkins is also a cancer survivor and has created a personal website at 

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Last Updated: September 30, 2015