Jennifer Wessol joined the faculty in 2018 after serving as an adjunct since 2017. She received her BSN from Avila College in 1995 and completed her PhD in nursing at the University of Kansas City-Missouri where she is a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar 2016-2018. Dr. Wessol’s experience includes Code Neuro Nurse, critical care float pool and cardiac catheterization lab at Saint Luke’s Hospital and staff nurse at Baptist Medical Center. She maintains her clinical practice at Saint Luke’s Hospital where she is a Code Neuro Nurse.
She is a Critical Care Registered Nurse and Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse and holds her Cardiac Medicine Certification. She is both an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) instructor. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Midwest Nursing Researcher Society and American Nurses Association.
Dr. Wessol currently serves on the National Nomination Committee for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. She is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing and is serving as an Editorial Board member for the journal. She is also an abstract reviewer for the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses for the Annual Educational Meeting. She has been a chapter reviewer for The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, sixth edition of the AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing. She also serves on the Nursing Research Council at Saint Luke’s Hospital and is also an ACLS and BLS instructor for Saint Luke’s Health System.
Dr. Wessol is an author of two publications “Improvement of immunosuppressive medication adherence using a SystemCHANGE intervention: Case study of an older adult kidney transplant recipient” and “A Systematic review of randomized controlled trials of medication adherence interventions in adult stroke survivors” the latter of which she won the Novice Writers Award from the Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. She gave a podium presentation at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 2014 International Stroke Conference and State-of-the-Science Stroke Nursing Symposium titled “Longer door-to-needle times are associated with posterior circulation stroke.” She has also presented at the Bi-State Stroke Consortium, Saint Luke’s Health System and Emergency Nurses Association on various stroke topics including posterior stroke, complex strokes and NIHSS. She has had poster presentations for her systematic review of literature at the Midwest Nursing Research Society and The Kansas City Collaborative Sigma Theta Tau Chapters.