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Dedicated faculty members such as Jo Ann Jenkins have contributed to Central Missouri’s reputation for a quality nursing program. Well known to students at CMSU’s nursing campus at North Kansas City Hospital, the professor emerita of nursing devoted 23 years to helping students to prepare for careers as health care professionals.
A Central Missouri alumna and licensed registered nurse in Missouri, Jenkins joined the faculty in the Department of Nursing in 1983 as an assistant professor. She brought with her approximately 13 years of professional nursing experience, having served at Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City; Cass County Memorial Hospital in Harrisonville; Cox Convalescent Center in Mineral Wells, Texas; Clarksville Memorial Hospital in Tennessee; Medical Center of Independence; Research Medical Center in Kansas City; and Lee’s Summit Community Hospital.
Jenkins taught pathophysiology and advanced medical/surgical nursing to CMSU undergraduate students. She was actively involved with university service activities as former member of the Faculty Senate Academic Standards Committee, Faculty Senate Assessment Council, and Center for Teaching and Learning Grant Committee. She also served on nursing department committees dealing with admissions and progression and curriculum.
Involved in scholarly research, she has presented papers and posters annually at the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition. Her outstanding creative and teaching endeavors were noticed by colleagues who nominated her in 2004 for the College of Applied Sciences and Technology’s Gaine’s Teaching Award.
Jenkins earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from CMSU and master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.