Penny Kaye Jensen, DNP, FNP-C, FAAN, FAANP is a practicing Nurse Practitioner at the Outpatient Primary Care Clinics at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Salt Lake City. She is currently detailed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office in Washington, DC, and is serving as the National APRN Health Policy Liaison for the Veterans Health Administration, Office of Nursing Services.
Dr. Jensen completed her BSN at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, UT), Masters in Science (Nursing) at Brigham Young University (Provo, UT), and her DNP, with additional Certificate in Gerontology, at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Dr. Jensen was in the first cohort of students to complete the DNP program, and was the first student to be a University of Utah Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence Scholar.
Throughout her career, Dr. Jensen has been a strong advocate for and leader in nursing and NP issues on international, national, state, and local levels. She represented CGFNS International on the Board of Trustees and International APRN Committee (2014-2017), served as President of both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) (2010-2012), and the Utah Nurse Practitioners, and was the AANP State Representative for Utah. She was accepted into the Sexual Medicine Society of North America and the American Urological Association, reflecting her specialty emphasis of sexual dysfunction, with specific emphasis in erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular risk.
Dr. Jensen’s talents and investments go beyond health care to her larger community as well. Her presentation of evidence-based practice outcomes to the International Olympic Committee resulted in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City being the first Olympiad to utilize NPs as providers.
Dr. Jensen serves on several advisory boards and currently serves on the Joint Commission’s Professional and Technical Advisory Committee, the Society of Chest Pain Centers, and the Scientific Advisory Council for the American Red Cross. She was also appointed to the Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliation Primary Care Medical Home Academic Subcommittee.
She has attended numerous National Health Policy Fellowships and speaks routinely on the subjects of health care reform, access to care, professional issues, and health policy and politics. Dr. Jensen was asked to brief a panel of U.S. Congressional officials on the role of nurse practitioners in the medical home model. She has participated in the development of several position papers and white papers on various health care and professional topics.
Additionally, Dr. Jensen has represented AANP at the White House on numerous occasions, including the unveiling of President Obama’s healthcare reform bill. She worked closely with First Lady Michelle Obama's office on the “Joining Forces” initiative with the Veterans Health Administration, Office of Nursing Services.
Many of these initiatives translate in practice, and influence practice for NPs. In a more directly clinical venue, she has served on Boehringer Inhelheim Health Care Professionals' Effective Communication Committee, as well as their Accountable Care Organization Advisory Board. She is also involved in many research initiatives with Pfizer and other pharma-related organizations.
Dr. Jensen is a clinical expert, well-respected nurse practitioner and educator, and renowned leader. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her scholarship, expertise, and contributions in virtually every venue in which she has participated.