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College of Nursing
 

Jennifer G. Hensley, EdD, MSN, CNM, WHNP, LCCE

Assistant Professor, Nurse-Midwifery Option Coordinator


Jennifer Hensley

Jennifer.Hensley@ucdenver.edu

Jennifer Hensley is coordinator of the master’s program specialties of nurse-midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner. She teaches women's health across the lifespan at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her doctoral work focused on standardized patients in high-risk OB objective standardized clinical scenarios (OSCEs). Currently, she is focusing on sleep disorders in women across the lifespan and the effects on labor, delivery, and women’s overall health. Her particular interest is Willis-Ekbom Disease/Restless Legs Syndrome during pregnancy. Hensley is a member of the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group and the Medical Advisory Board of the WED/RLS Foundation. She maintains clinical expertise by practicing full-scope nurse-midwifery and caring for women referred to her for specific sleep disorders.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
Certificate in Sleep & Sleep Disorders in Health & Disease University of Massachusetts
Lowell, Massachusetts
Sleep & Sleep Disorder 2012
Certificate in Women's Health Care University of Colorado Denver
Denver, Colorado
Women's Health 2005
EdD University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Adult, Higher & Post-Secondary Education 1996
MSN University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Nursing 1993
LCCE Lamaze International
Washington, DC
Childbirth Education 1985
Certificate in
Nurse-Midwifery
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
Nurse-Midwifery 1984
BSN Biola University
La Mirada, California
Nursing 1981
ADN El Camino College
Torrance, California
Nursing 1977
Title Organization Year
Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award University of Colorado College of Nursing 2012
Nightingale Nominee Nightingale 2010, 2011
Teacher of Excellence Award American College of Nurse-Midwives 2006, 2010
Commencement Speaker Beth-El College of Nursing, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 1999, 2000, 2002
Most Excellent Teacher Award Montana State University Alumni/Chamber of Commerce 1995
Outstanding Graduate Academic Achievement Award University of Southern California 1992, 1993
Scholarship for USC Graduate Academic Achievement Carnation Nutritional Products 1993
  1. (under review) Picchietti, D., Hensley, J., Walters, A., Trenkwalder, C., Bainbridge, J., Manconi, M., Lee, K., McGregor, J., & Siver, R. (201x). An international consensus statement: Treatment of    restless legs syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease during pregnancy and lactation. Sleep Medicine Reviews.

  2. Hensley, J.G. (2014). Willis-Ekbom Disease: A new face and name for restless legs syndrome. Letter to the Editor. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonatal Nursing. J14-33R1.

  3. Medical Advisory Board of the Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation. (2014). Letter to the Editor re: Bad Medicine: restless legs syndrome. British Medical Journal (2013).   http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f7615?tab=responses 

  4. Hensley, J.G. (2013). Letter to the Editor re: Nodine, P., & Matthews, E. (2013). Common sleep disorders: Management Strategies and pregnancy outcomes. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s     Health.

  5. Hensley, J.G. & Shviraga, B.A. (2013). Metastatic choriocarcinoma in a term pregnancy. Maternal Child Nursing.

  6. Hastings-Tolsma, M., Bernard, R., Gilbert Brody, M., Hensley, J., Kate Koschoreck, K., Patterson, E. (201x). Chorioamnionitis: Prevention and Management. Maternal Child Nursing.
  7. Hensley JG, Shamim-Uzzaman QA. (2013). PREVALENCE OF WILLIS-EKBOM DISEASE/RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME DURING PREGNANCY: A Review. Open Sleep Journal.
  8. Felhder, W. Hensley, J. acknowledged. Principles and Practice of Pharmacology in Women’s Health. Chapter 24: Central Nervous System. “Dopaminergic agents for use with women.” Brucker, MB & King T.,eds. (2011). Jones and Bartlett.
  9. Hensley, J. & Brucker, MB. Principles and Practice of Pharmacology in Women’s Health. Chapter 33: Female Sexual Dysfunction. Brucker, MB & King T.,eds. (2010). Jones and Bartlett.
  10. Davidson, M., London, M., & Ladewig, P. (2012) Maternal-newborn nursing & women' health across the lifespan(9th ed.) Contributor, Chapter 5. Pearson/Prentice Hall.
  11. Hensley,J. (May/June 2009). Leg cramps and restless legs syndrome during pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery and Women' Health.
  12. Hensley, J., Coughlin, K., Klein, L., (Nov/Dec 2009). A curious case of anti-D antibody. Journal of Midwifery and Women' Health.
  13. Hensley, J., CON Faculty. (2007). American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation, Self-Evaluation Report of the Nurse-Midwifery Option.
  14. Davidson, M., London, M., & Ladewig, P. (2007) Maternal-newborn nursing & women' health across the lifespan (8th ed.) Contributor, Chapter 5. Pearson/Prentice Hall.
  15. Lowdermilk, D., & Perry, S. (2007) Maternity & women' health care (9th ed.) Reviewer, Chapters 20-32 Mosby.

Hensley practices full-scope nurse-midwifery working with the under and non-insured at Aurora Nurse-Midwives. Her clinical practice allows for a diversity of clinical sites for NMW and WHNP students. Her expertise, in addition to women’s health across the lifespan, is diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders in women that affect all aspects of life. She is fully credentialed to assist with students assigned to the University Nurse-Midwives.

FUNDED RESEARCH PROJECTS

2014-present. Co-investigator.  2014 Practice Survey of Colorado Nurse-Midwives. PI: Marie Hastings-Tolsma, PhD. Survey funded by the Accreditation Council for Midwifery Education, Silver Spring, MD. (2014). COMIRB Protocol 13-3194. $5,000.

2008-2009. Co-investigator. Risk Factors in the Development of Chorioamnionitis. PI: Marie Hastings-Tolsma, PhD. Funding from the American College of Nurse-Midwives Region V-Chapter 3 Research Committee. COMIRB Protocol 08-0565. $1,000.

2007. PI. Certified nurse-midwife awareness of nocturnal leg cramps and restless legs syndrome in pregnancy. Survey funded by American College of Nurse-Midwives Region V-Chapter 3 Research Committee. COMIRB 07-1050. $600.

OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS

2011-2014. Co-investigator/ Co-chair of committee. Treatment of Willis-Ekbom disease/Restless Legs Syndrome during Pregnancy and Lacation. PI: Daniel Picchietti, MD. Ad hoc committee meetings and telephone conferences supported by the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group. Amount: uncertain