Advancing Health Care for Vulnerable Infants

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May 7, 2024

Meet Jennifer Joyner, MSN, APRN, CPNP-AC, Doctor of Nursing Practice Candidate at the UT Austin School of Nursing.

Even before completing her studies, Jennifer began applying the skills she acquired by assuming leadership roles. She serves as the president-elect for the Austin chapter of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She also co-founded the Advanced Practice Provider Council at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center.

Jennifer’s dedication to advancing pediatric care extended to her involvement in research aimed at improving the care of late preterm infants. Her research, titled “Social Determinants of Health Affecting Health Care Cost in Near-Term Infants: Analysis from a National Cohort,” was selected for presentation at the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting in Toronto in May 2024.

As an acute care pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in newborn nursery settings, Joyner has a profound connection with late preterm infants, born between 34 and 36 weeks. Despite often being comparable in size and weight to term babies, these infants face heightened risks due to their physiological and metabolic immaturity, making them a particularly vulnerable population that Joyner feels is often overlooked.

We honor Jennifer during National Nurses Week for her commitment to improving patient-centered care!