Cheri Jenkins (she, her, hers) is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). Cheri provides psychiatric evaluations, brief psychotherapy, mental health education and psychotropic medication management in a non-judgmental approach to individuals who struggle with mental health concerns. Cheri received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 1999. In 2006, Cheri obtained a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Bellevue University affording her the opportunity to practice as a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and Provisionally Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor in an outpatient setting for seven years. Shortly after, she received another master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and Leadership from Bellevue University in 2008. Since then, she has worked in many of the Omaha area hospitals as a psychiatric nurse and in several state penitentiaries as a corrections nurse until she received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing in 2015.
Since obtaining her PMHNP-BC, Cheri has worked in multiple correctional facilities for the last five years, and has treated patients in inpatient and outpatient facilities, as well. Ms. Jenkins is a former board member of National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Nebraska and is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Cheri is fervent about and has garnered her skills in providing whole person, quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adults who are dealing with real-life concerns including anxiety, depression, mood, trauma and those dealing with self-sabotaging behaviors. Cheri possesses strong clinical skills heightened by her natural capacity to build healing connections with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines melded with clinical expertise, personal observation, and intuition. She is dedicated to working in an integrated environment and feels her current role has joined her education and experience to help meet the needs of this underserved population. Soon, she plans to obtain a Doctorate of Nurse Practice (DNP) as she aspires for a career that integrates the roles of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Community Educator.
In her spare time, Cheri loves preparing creole and soul food dishes, going for long walks, attending outdoor jazz and blues concerts, traveling to far away destinations and spending time with friends and family.