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Pronouns: She/Her

Phone: 765-496-0619


502 N University St, Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907

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Jenna Bednarski

Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Areas of Expertise

  • Military Children & Families
  • Nursing Education
  • Pediatrics
  • Fundamentals
  • Health Assessment

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity
  • Sustainable Organizations and Thriving Communities

School of Nursing Research Area(s)

  • Health Policy and Evaluation
  • Health Promotion and Population Health
  • Healthcare Systems and Organizations
  • Nursing Education
  • Mental Health


Jenna graduated from Purdue University School of Nursing in December 2015 with distinction. While a student at Purdue University, she was a Student Nurse Fellow at IU Health Arnett. Upon graduation she worked at IU Health in Outpatient Pediatrics and pursued a Master’s Degree as a Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Jenna also served as the coordinator for the Education & Training/Simulation Lab during her years working in the Air Force as a medic. She helped prepare many active duty troops for deployment. Jenna fell in love with the idea of becoming an educator. This led her to pursue a Doctor in Nursing Practice degree. Jenna is beyond thrilled to be back at her alma mater and educating future nurses. She currently teaches Essentials of Nursing Practice and Public Health.



  • DNP 2024 Purdue University

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Safe Zone Training
  • Trans Inclusion Training
  • Reducing Ageism
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Empowering and Supporting the Professional Development of Graduate Students of Color Through Mentoring

Current Courses

  • NUR 218 - Hlth Assmnt Nur Prac I
  • NUR 220 - Hlth Assmnt Nur Prac II
  • NUR 410 - Issues in Professional Nursing
  • NUR 415 - Public Health

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Level I Excellence in Clinical Instruction Award - 2023
  • Sigma Theta Tau Omicron Chapter Research Award - 2023
  • Quality & Education Award/Indiana University Health Arnett - June 2016
  • Outstanding Student Performance Award/Sigma Theta Tau Delta Omicron Chapter - April 2015

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses Indiana
  • Sigma Theta Tau-Delta Omicron Indiana Chapter
  • Indiana Public Health Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • National League for Nursing
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society