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Jennie Florkey, Ph.D., RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing


I teach with the deeply held belief that anyone can learn. I believe as an instructor I am a guidepost pointing students onward while continuously reminding each student of their potential. As much as this sounds like a lofty ideal, it is exactly why I love teaching. I have the chance to nurture the seeds of knowledge in each student that may just bloom into something that changes the world. And because I believe this, I hold the students to a set of clear-cut rigorous standards and expectations. My courses do demand hard work, but they are not onerous. Rather, they continually challenge students to show up with their very best and to redefine their expectations of themselves. If I believe they can do better, why don’t they? My greatest desire is to give my students a love for learning and a belief in themselves that allows them to exceptional nurses and successful in future endeavors.

-Jennie Florkey

Blanton Nursing Building


Professionally, I have experience working in critical care, medically supervised drug and alcohol detoxification, and during COVID swabbing individuals at drive-up testing stations! I knew early in my career I wanted to go to graduate school and that I loved pathophysiology, so I have 7 years of experience working clinically in laboratories doing genetics research. Additionally, I bring 11+ years of experience with me as a primary educator. Truly, I consider it an honor to be able to teach a subject I love so much to the next generation of great nurses!


  • Cedarville University (2001 – 2005)
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N)
      • Minors: Cross-Cultural Nursing, Biblical Theology
  • THE Ohio State University (2005 – 2012)
    • Masters of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Research
    • Doctor Of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing
      • Research Specialization: Dog Comparative Genetics as a Model for Human Disease
  • The Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)/ The National Institutes of Health (NIH) (2012 – 2014)
    • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Canine Molecular Genetics, Evolutionary Comparative Genetics