Jessen tapped to guide CIPER
Jenny Jessen, EdD, BSN’04, is the new director of Creighton University’s Center for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CIPER).
Jessen has served as a core faculty member in CIPER and as the center’s director for assessment since 2019. She is also an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, where she will retain a half-time role.
CIPER is Creighton’s primary vehicle for developing the University’s commitment to interprofessional health sciences education and the place where interprofessional programs are devised.
“I think interprofessional practice is an area of education that still feels kind of young, even though it’s not terribly young,” Jessen says. “I would like for interprofessional education at Creighton to be seen as a very intentional part of growing a practitioner and preparing them for working in the real world.
“It should be something that is meaningful to our students and faculty, where we work together and think of how to include each other in our teaching. Building team skills for our students is how we address burnout, it’s how we address resiliency, it’s making sure students can work and function in teams.”
Jessen says she recently reviewed student reflections, and a clear theme emerged.
“They all say they want to work with more Creighton health professional students, they want to work with pharmacy students, with medical students, they want to work with the dental students — they want to learn interprofessionally, and we, as faculty, must provide that opportunity,” she says.