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Jennifer G Hensley, EdD, CNM, WHNP, LCCE | Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing

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Phone: 512 471-7970
Cell: 720-971-1526

Office: NUR 4.132
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

Dr. Hensley is new to Texas, having lived and practiced as a registered nurse and certified nurse-midwife for over 40 years in California, Montana, Colorado, and Tennessee. She has dedicated her career to caring for women across the lifespan, as well as teaching novice nurses and advanced practice nurses. Her scholarship has been built on helping women overcome sleep disorders, in particular restless legs syndrome and insomnia, presenting nationally and internationally, and writing articles. She has authored text chapters on women's health.  She is a member of the Scientific and Medical Board of the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation, here, in Austin, Texas. She is current in clinical practice as a CNM, working as part of the team at Renaissance Women's Group. She volunteers for the English Springer Rescue Association, and is allowed to live with two Springer rescues.


  • DeBoer, T. & Hensley, J. (2018). Long-acting reversible contraception: Increasing accessibility in a public health setting; a DNP project. Nursing for Women’s Health.
  • Patterson, E., Hastings-Tolsma, M., Dunemn, K., Callahan, T.J., Tanner, T., Anderson, J. & Hensley, J. (2017). Nurse-midwives on the front lines: Serving the rural and medically underserved. Journal of Nursing & Patient Care, 2:2.
  • Hensley, J., Collins, M., & Leezer, C. (October, 2017). Pain management in obstetrics. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 29, 471–485.
  • Picchietti, D., Hensley, J., Walters, A., Trenkwalder, C., Bainbridge, J., Manconi, M., Lee, K., McGregor, J., & Silver, R. (2014). An international consensus statement: Treatment of restless legs syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease during pregnancy and lactation.Sleep Medicine Reviews.
  • Hensley, J.G. & Shviraga, B.A. (2014). Metastatic choriocarcinoma in a term pregnancy. Maternal Child Nursing, the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 39(1), 8-15.
  • Hensley, J.G. (2014, May/June). Willis-Ekbom Disease: A new face and name for restless legs syndrome. [Letter to the editor]. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonatal Nursing, 43(3), 270-271.
  • Hensley, J.G. (2013, November/December). Common sleep disorders: Management Strategies and pregnancy outcomes [Letter to the editor]. Journal of Midwifery & Women’ Health, 58(6), 716.
  • Hensley, J.G., Shamim-Uzzaman, Q.A. (2013). Prevalence of Willis-Ekbom disease/Restless legs syndrome during pregnancy: A review. The Open Sleep Journal, 6, 54-62.
  • Hastings-Tolsma, M., Bernard, R., Gilbert-Brody, B, Hensley, J., Koschoreck, K., & Patterson, E. (2013). Chorioamnionitis: Prevention and management. Maternal Child Nursing, the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 38(4), 206-212. D
  • Hensley, J., Coughlin, K. & Klein, L. (November/December 2009). A curious case of anti-D antibody. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 54(6), 497-502.
  • Hensley, J. (May/June 2009). Leg cramps and restless legs syndrome during pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, 54(3), 211-218.