age: 34 | Instructor of Nursing | Texas A&M University-Texarkana
Women’s health is Jenni Hedrick’s passion. After working as a nurse on post partum and pediatrics for a few years, Jenni finally got her dream job as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. She loved every minute of bringing a new life into the world, and admits that it never got old watching parents see the face of their baby for the first time. It wasn’t long before Jenni realized she loved educating the new parents on what’s to come. She explains, “Because I truly loved sharing my knowledge, I then became a certified prepared child birth educator. I also found myself precepting new nurses and always enjoyed having the nursing students during their clinical rotation. All these things led me to my position today as Nursing Faculty at Texas A&M University- Texarkana. I love how God puts us right where we are supposed to be. I never knew the academia side of nursing would be so rewarding. I always thought if I wasn’t a nurse, I would want to be a teacher and here I am experiencing both worlds. It’s also really awesome sharing my passion with our future nurses.”
Best piece of advice:
“THERE WILL BE PEOPLE THAT HAVE MORE THAN YOU (FINANCIALLY, PROFESSIONALLY, BEAUTY), BUT THERE ARE PLENTY THAT DON’T HAVE WHAT YOU HAVE. TREAT EACH PERSON THE SAME. NO ONE IS BETTER THAN THE OTHER. WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING OUT OF LIFE.” -RICK LINDSEY, JENNI’S FATHER
Personally, Jenni loves having the family she has always dreamed of ... husband, Taylor, and children, Anna Leigh (5) and Lincoln (3). She travels every chance she gets, whether to the river or lake. Constantly on the go, Jenni enjoys soaking up the sun on the beach or calling the Hogs at University of Arkansas games with friends and family.
Professionally, Jenni’s greatest accomplishment is graduating with her master’s in nursing. “I started the MSN program at Texas A&M University- Texarkana with a 2-year-old and 3-month-old,” she says. “During this time, I started a new job, raising toddlers, moved three houses and lost my father to cancer. I did not think the day would ever come that I would complete my masters, but as of August 2019, I did it!”
Name something about you that very few people know:
“I have spent most of my life dating/ married to Taylor. We were high school sweethearts and started dating when I was 14 years old.”