Jennifer Clifton, DNP, FNP, CNE

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Certified Correctional Health Professional, Con Nursing, National Commission on Correctional Health Care
  • Clinical Director of the CON/JJS contract, College Of Nursing
  • Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing
  • Assistant Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing



  • Certified Nurse Educator, Teaching, National League of Nurses
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nursing, University of Utah
  • Masters of Nursing , Nursing, Brigham Young University
  • Bachelors Of Science in Nursing, Nursing, Indiana University

Honors & Awards

  • Nurse Leader Fellow . Duke-Johnson & Johnson , 05/25/2016
  • 2015 Emerging Nurse Leader Award. Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders, 10/01/2015
  • Alumni Legacy Leader Award. Indiana University, 02/06/2014
  • Excellence in Clinical Practice. Sigma Theta Tau, 02/2013
  • 2012 State Award for Excellence: Educator. Utah Nurse Practitioners, 11/17/2012
  • Faculty Service Award. University of Utah, College of Nursing, 09/2011
  • Clara Hansen Jensen Endowed Scholarship. University of Utah, 08/01/2009
  • Bertha P. May Endowed Scholarship Fund. University of Utah, 01/01/2009
  • Gero-Psychiatric Legacy Fund. University of Utah, 08/01/2008
  • College of Nursing Faculty Fellowship Award. University of Utah, 08/01/2008



Jennifer Clifton, DNP, FNP-BC CNE. Dr. Clifton is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has been working as a clinical instructor for the University of Utah since 2005. This role incorporates student instruction of on-line graduate level classes, patient care as lead clinician for the Juvenile Justice Service (JJS) team and clinical management as Clinical Director of the CON/JJS team. The CON/ JJS contract oversees ten clinics in the Salt Lake City area. Dr. Clifton has 28 years nursing experience. She earned her BSN at Indiana University in 1989. As a Registered Nurse, she worked in a variety of clinical settings including medical/surgical nursing, intensive and cardiac care units and home care. Dr. Clifton earned her MSN/FNP at Brigham Young University in 1998. She completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Utah graduating in May of 2010. In November, 2010, Dr. Clifton became a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), the first at the University Of Utah College Of Nursing. Prior to working for the University, Dr. Clifton worked as a nurse practitioner at the Utah State Hospital where she was actively involved in expanding medical care to include health promotion and disease prevention. She ws awarded th 2015 Emrging Nuse Leader Award by the Organization of Nurse Leaders. She completed a yearlong fellowship as a  Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leader Fellow  in May 2016. 


  • Academy of Correctional Health Professionals (ACHP), Member, 08/2011 - present
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), member, 01/01/2011 - present
  • Utah Nurse Practitioners (UNP), Member, 01/16/2010 - present
  • National League of Nursing (NLN), member, 01/01/2009 - present
  • Society Of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), Member, 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2010


  • English, fluent.

Career Highlights

In 2015 and 2016, Dr. Clifton spearheaded efforts to otain funding for screning of Chlaydia ad Gonorrhea i the Juvenile Justice (JJS) setting. These effors twice resulted in an $80,000 allocation to JJS for this purpose. Currently, Dr. Clifton is working with legislators to renew this funding.