Jennifer Eilts, MSN, RN, CNEn

Contact Information

Jennifer Eilts, MSN, RN, CNEn
Assistant Professor in Nursing
Lead Medical-Surgical Faculty
Office location

Burt Hall 213

Office hours

Varies - available by appointment


As a first-generation college student and two-time Nebraska Wesleyan University alumna, Jennifer has worked full-time as a nurse in Lincoln, NE since 2002.  Her clinical background includes 17-years of medical-surgical experience at Bryan Medical Center, where she served the cardiac and vascular procedural population in a leadership role.  Jennifer joined the NWU faculty as a nurse educator in 2019, teaching students in the Traditional BSN program.    

  • Education Doctorate (EdD) with Emphasis in Nursing Education - currently enrolled at Bryan College of Health Sciences 
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Education Track from Nebraska Wesleyan University - May 2015
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Nebraska Wesleyan University - May 2004
  • Registered Nurse (RN) Diploma from Bryan School of Nursing - July 2002
Courses taught
  • NURS 2000: Foundations in Professional Nursing Practice
  • NURS 2200: Medical-Surgical Nursing I
  • NURS 2350: Medical-Surgical Nursing II
  • NURS 2600: Medical-Surgical Nursing III
  • NURS 3040: Global Health
  • NURS 4970: Internship
  • NURS 4450: Community Health - Clinical 


Research and academic interests

"Attitudes toward Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Modification in Firefighters" - MSN Research


Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards


  • Certified Nurse Educator Novice (CNEn) - National League for Nursing, 2022-current
  • Certified Cardiovascular Care Coordinator (C4) - American College of Cardiology, 2015-2020
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Provider, 2000-2020
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider, 2002-current
  • Certified Cardiovascular RN (CVRN), 2005-2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Governance Chair, Sigma Theta Tau - Nu Rho Chapter Board, 2021 - current
  • American Nurses Association (ANA) 
  • Nebraska Nurses Association (NNA) 


  • Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award Nominee, 2022
  • NWU Advisor of the Year Nominee, 2022
  • "Best Nurse in Nebraska Nominee - Lincoln Journal Star, 2011
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing - Nu Rho Chapter Inductee, 2003