"Nurses have both the privilege and the responsibility to assist people at some of the most important times in their lives. My goal as a faculty nurse researcher is to help equip students for this service while investigating ways to provide adequate support and facilitate improved outcomes for all patients and families as they try to navigate the healthcare system."
Dr. Jennifer Wenzel manages the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Center for Collaborative Intervention Research, which promotes interdisciplinary studies to develop, test, and evaluate cost-effective interventions to improve health outcomes. Her own research—and growing portfolio of contributions to the nursing research literature—integrates her oncology and case management clinical background, her interest in health disparities, and her educational focus on health services. Most recently, Dr. Wenzel's research has explored methods for improving support resources and assistance for older rural and urban African-Americans undergoing cancer diagnosis and treatment. In 2007, she was elected to the Governing Board of the Southern Nursing Research Society and she now chairs its research interest groups. She is also a member of the Oncology Nursing Society’s Diversity Advisory Panel. Dr. Wenzel recently received a three year award from the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholars Program.
Oncology; health disparities; health services research; managed care; case management; treatment decision making; computer-assisted qualitative data analysis.