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

Assistant Professor, Nurse-Midwifery Option Coordinator


jennifer.hensley@ucdenver.edu

Dr. Hensley is Coordinator of the Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Options. 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. Her specialty is Willis-Ekbom Disease/Restless Legs Syndrome during pregnancy. Dr. 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. Hastings-Tolsma, M., Bernard, R., Gilbert Brody, M., Hensley, J., Kate Koschoreck, K., Patterson, E. (201x). Chorioamnionitis: Prevention and Management. Maternal Child Nursing.
  2. Hensley JG, Shamim-Uzzaman QA. (201x). PREVALENCE OF WILLIS-EKBOM DISEASE/RESTLESS LEGS SYNDROME DURING PREGNANCY: A Review. Open Sleep Journal.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Davidson, M., London, M., & Ladewig, P. (2012) Maternal-newborn nursing & women' health across the lifespan(9th ed.) Contributor, Chapter 5. Pearson/Prentice Hall.
  6. Hensley,J. (May/June 2009). Leg cramps and restless legs syndrome during pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery and Women' Health.
  7. Hensley, J., Coughlin, K., Klein, L., (Nov/Dec 2009). A curious case of anti-D antibody. Journal of Midwifery and Women' Health.
  8. Hensley, J., CON Faculty. (2007). American College of Nurse-Midwives, Division of Accreditation, Self-Evaluation Report of the Nurse-Midwifery Option.
  9. Davidson, M., London, M., & Ladewig, P. (2007) Maternal-newborn nursing & women' health across the lifespan (8th ed.) Contributor, Chapter 5. Pearson/Prentice Hall.
  10. Lowdermilk, D., & Perry, S. (2007) Maternity & women' health care (9th ed.) Reviewer, Chapters 20-32 Mosby.
 
  • Dr. 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 students. Her expertise is diagnosis and treatment of restless legs syndrome during pregnancy. She is also works full-scope with the University Nurse-Midwives.
  • 6/3/12. 1/2 Day Workshop: ”Diagnosis and Midwifery Management of Sleep Disorders in Women”. 57th Annual ACNM Meeting. Long Beach, CA.
  • 10/7/11. “Diagnosis and Correct Treatment of InsomniaS.” 8th Annual Nurse-Midwife Symposium/ ACNM Region V-Chapter 3. Denver, Colorado
  • 9/25/11. ”Basic and Advanced Precepting of NMW & NP Students”. UCD AHEC Statewide Meeting. Vail, Colorado. ACNM CEU: #09-100 3 CEU; AACN 4 CEU.
  • 6/30/11. “Insomnia”. Armed Forces AWHONN Section 2011. Invited. Denver, CO.
  • 6/29/11.”Sleep: The "6th" Vital Sign?”. AWHONN 2011. Denver, CO.
  • 5/27/11. 56th Annual ACNM Meeting. “Common Sleep Disorders during Pregnancy and Across the Woman's Life Span”. Part I, Didactic. San Antonio, TX.
  • 5/27/11. 56th Annual ACNM Meeting. “Diagnosis and Midwifery Management of Common Sleep Disorders during Pregnancy and Across the Woman's Life Span”. Part II: Application. San Antonio, TX
  • 3/1/11. Restless Legs Syndrome in Women. Evans Army Community Hospital APN Meeting. Ft. Carson, CO. Invited.
  • 1/22/11. ”Basic and Advanced Precepting of NMW & NP Students”. UCD CON. ACNM CEU: #09-100 3 CEU; AACN 4 CEU.
  • 10/8/10. “Sleep disorders in women.” 98th MT Nurses’ Association Conference. Helena, MT.
  • 10/8/10. “RLS in women.” 98th MT Nurses’ Association Conference. Helena, MT.
  • 9/13/10. “OB Consequences of Decreased Sleep.” CU OB/GYN Residents. University of Colorado, CO.
  • 7/17/10. “The ABCs of Contraceptive Counseling for FNPs.” (with Dr. Jane Kass-Wolff). 35th Annual CU Nurse Practitioner Symposium, Copper Mountain, CO.
  • 10/7/10 "Restless Legs Syndrome in Pregnancy and in the Primary Care Setting."Montan Nurses Association 98th Annual Convention
  • 10/7/10. "Sleep Disorders in Women". Montan Nurses Association 98th Annual Convention
  • 9/25/10. "A Case Presentation of Restless Legs Syndrome during Pregnancy: 'Thank you for listening to me when I couldn't sleep because of the electricity running down my legs." AWHONN 2010 Annual Convention. (poster)
  • 7/17/10. "The How-Tos of Contraceptive Counseling." (with Dr. Jane Kass-Wolff). 35thNational Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Symposium, Copper Mountain, CO.
  • 6/30/10. “Sleep, Iron, Depression: Does one lead to the other?” CU CNM Journal Club.
  • 6/14/10 “Women and Restless Legs Syndrome in Primary Care.” 55th Annual ACNM Meeting. Washington, DC.
  • 1/23/10 ”Basic and Advanced Precepting of NMW & NP Students”. UC CON. ACNM CEU: #09-100 .3 hours.
  • 10/2/09 “Female Sexual Dysfunction- Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder”, 7th Annual Nurse-Midwife Symposium/ ACNM Region V-Chapter 3: Denver, CO.
  • 7/19/09 #T-3. “Restless legs syndrome: The most common disorder you have never heard of.
  • Care in the general and pregnant populations.” University of Colorado Denver, 34th National Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Symposium, 7/16-19/09, Copper Mountain, CO.
  • 5/26/09 #604. “Nocturnal Leg Cramps and Restless Legs Syndrome during Pregnancy”. American College of Nurse-Midwives 54th Annual Meeting, 5/22-27/09, Seattle, WA.