Janelle Nicole Jones, APRN, PMHNP-BC, a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, School of Nursing, in Minneapolis, MN. She is interested in increasing mental health literacy, decreasing health disparities, and reducing mental health and substance abuse stigma for African Americans. She is also passionate about addressing the psychosocial issues of African American oncology patients.
Ms. Jones obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University, where she was a Fuld Fellow Scholar. As a Fellow, she partnered with the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to help mitigate against barcode workarounds with medication and laboratory orders at the hospital. After leaving Hopkins, she received the National Institutes of Health: Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program Grant, relocated to Sweden and collaborated with the University of Gothernburg’s Healthy Aging Initiative. Through this collaboration, she co-authored the review article, “Impact of Physical Activity on the Self-Perceived Quality of Life in Non-Frail Older Adults.” Ms. Jones obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University, specializing in psychiatry and oncology. While at Yale, she received the American Cancer Society Graduate Grant which sparked her interest in psychosocial oncology. She also worked as a charge nurse at an inpatient psychiatric hospital with both adolescents and adults. She was recruited to Minnesota to work as a PMHNP in two federally qualified health center community outpatient clinics with underserved and underinsured communities.
Ms. Jones is a member of the Minnesota Black Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing, Delta Mu chapter; the Minnesota APRN Coalition, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Association.