Jennifer Drake, MS, RN

Position title: Clinical Instructor I


Phone: 608-263-2476

3105 Signe Skott Cooper Hall

Jennifer Drake headshot

Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in: Evidence-Based Research, 2010
MS, University of New Hampshire in: Nursing; Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Clinical Nursing Leadership, 2007
Fellowship, University of New Hampshire in: Maternal-Child Health Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, 2007
BA, University of Pennsylvania in: Environmental Studies, History, and French, 2000
BA, Université de Saint-Louis in: Study Abroad program with a focus on language, culture, and research, 1999

Jenn Drake brings a wealth of knowledge and experience related to the care of hospitalized children to her work. Jenn has worked throughout her career as a nurse supporting children and families in the hospital setting, in general medical-surgical pediatrics, pediatric neuroscience (neurology, epilepsy, neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, and neuro rehab), and pediatric rehabilitation. She has also focused her career on supporting parents of children with serious, chronic health conditions, both in and out of the hospital. Jenn has conducted research and evidence-based quality improvement projects on nursing interventions and supporting children with serious, chronic health conditions and their parents. Jenn has been a pediatric clinical instructor supporting students in caring for children and families in the hospital, emphasizing family-centered care for over a decade. The philosophy of care that she teaches is to help students understand that children only exist within the context of their family and home setting and that caring for the child means caring for the family. Jenn is an advocate for social justice and seeks to explore how nurses can become louder voices for it. Jenn now teaches this concept within the curriculum and seeks to help students understand that it is a nurse’s duty and obligation to address social justice for the patients, families, and communities they serve.

Clinical Scholarship focus areas

Teaching and Learning

  • Developing undergraduate curriculum to align with school mission and vision as well as national standards.
  • Teaching a wide variety of courses throughout the undergraduate program with expertise in pediatrics, family-centered care, health and illness, professionalism, social justice, and inter-professional education.
  • Developing active learning instructional activities including case studies, clinical experiences, and simulation both in in-person and online modalities.

 Teaching and Learning