Melinda L. Jenkins, PhD, ANCC

Melinda Jenkins

Associate Professor, Informatics Specialty Program Director

Division of Advanced Nursing Practice

Newark Health Sciences

SSB 1143

(973) 972-3779

Specialty: Family primary care, Nursing informatics

Duties of the Associate Professor & Informatics Specialty Program Director

  • Admit, advise, and approve graduation of nursing informatics students
  • Collaborate with Advanced Practice Division faculty on DNP curriculum evolution
  • Direct the foundational graduate Information Technology course
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary colleagues in research and writing projects
  • Contribute to national and international nursing informatics activities

An experienced primary care nurse practitioner and administrator with exceptional credentials in clinical and consumer informatics, Dr. Melinda Jenkins serves as an Associate Professor and Informatics Program Specialty Director, in the Division of Advanced Nursing Practice at the Rutgers School of Nursing.

Leveraging her background in research, education (including online teaching), and clinical practice, Dr. Jenkins works to assure that advanced practice nurses educated at Rutgers develop strong evidence-based decision-making with an informatics foundation – using information science to acquire, store, and use patient information in electronic form to guide and improve care.  She focuses on use of standardized terminology in electronic nursing documentation to develop systems for high-quality, coordinated care and improved outcomes.

For five years at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Center for Scientific Review, Dr. Jenkins managed regular meetings for scientific merit peer review of multidisciplinary clinical informatics research and related small business applications. The interdisciplinary group of expert reviewers included nurses, physicians, engineers, computer scientists, economists, statisticians, and others.  In addition to managing NIH expert review, Dr. Jenkins oriented 60 patient and family stakeholder reviewers for the initial peer review for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), established under the Affordable Care Act.

Earlier, as Coordinator of Consumer Informatics for the Primary Care Information Project at New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Jenkins implemented and evaluated a patient portal tethered to the electronic health record that was promoted citywide. 

She worked with the National Library of Medicine to develop MedlinePlus Connect. Available as a free web application or as a web service, the tool will link a patient portal or an electronic health record to, NIH’s online encyclopedia, featuring information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in lay language.  The web site has reputable up-to-date information in over 40 languages to enhance consumer knowledge about diagnoses, medications and laboratory tests.

Dr. Jenkins’ experience also includes directing the University of Pennsylvania’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP) while providing primary health care at a federally-funded, nurse-managed health center in a Philadelphia public housing complex. While in Pennsylvania, she led a state-wide consortium to obtain prescriptive authority for advanced practice nurses.  At Columbia University, she taught advanced practice nurses and informatics, and co-directed Dr. Suzanne Bakken’s HRSA-funded training program to integrate informatics content into advanced practice nursing education – developing, implementing and evaluating a mobile encounter log for each of the nurse practitioner specialty programs to use.

Since 2022, aligned with her academic and research work, Dr. Jenkins is working with a cooperative community to integrate consumer health informatics to support aging in place. 

Education & Training

Dr. Jenkins earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia and her PhD in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She also participated in doctoral courses in informatics at Columbia University.


  • Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and in Nursing Informatics

Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Consumer informatics, interoperability, care coordination

Clinical Specialties

  • Family primary care, Nursing informatics

Recent Publications

  • Jenkins, ML, Katz, J., Omary, C., Ahmad, S., Govindarajan, R., & Simpson, RL. (2023).  Big Data Education for Clinical Documentation.  Journal of the Society for Clinical Data Management, 3(4),
  •  Ahmad S. & Jenkins ML. (2022).  Artificial Intelligence for Nursing Practice and Management: current and potential research and education.  CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 40(3), 139-144.
  •  Jenkins M. L. (2021). Health IT advances for the 21st century. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 34(2), 405–409.
  •  Barberio, J. A., & Jenkins, M. L. (2021). Transitioning to Telehealth: Today’s Guidelines for Future Sustainability. The journal for nurse practitioners : JNP, 17(7), 795–798.
  •  Jenkins ML. (2020). Data sharing for Case Management practice and evaluation:  Using standardized terminology.  Professional Case Management, 25(4), 241-243.
  •  Jenkins ML, & Davis A. (2019). Transforming Nursing Documentation. Studies in health technology and informatics, 264, 625–628.

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