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Jennifer Waggoner-Donald, ,MS, MSN, PHN, RN

Western University of Health Sciences DNP
Home Riverside Ca United States


Jennifer Waggoner-Donald obtained her bachelor’s of science degree from Chapman University in kinesiology with a focus in athletic training, and went on to obtain a secondary bachelors in education. She received her primary master’s in sports science from Waikato University in New Zealand. Upon returning to the United States, she pursued an Associate degree in Nursing, obtained her registered nursing license and worked as an emergency room nurse and a mobile intensive care nurse. Afterwards, she went on to work in college health and in nursing education obtaining her bachelors and masters in nursing from Western Govenors University as well as her Public Health Nurse certificate. Currently, she teaches nursing at Riverside City College and is enrolled in the doctorate of nursing practice program at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing honors society. Jennifer is proud to say her great-grandfather and grandfather were military veterans and currently her husband is in the Air Force Reserves nurse corps. Her dissertation is a joint effort along with her husband William, a fellow Jonas Scholar, focusing on knowledge of college heath nurses when managing concussions among veteran students on campus.


Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Veteran Healthcare – nursing education
Dissertation: management of head injuries among veteran students