Meet Jennifer L. Dao, MSN, APRN
Board Certification: Family Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Board Certified
Nursing Degrees: MS, Nursing, University of Nevada–Las Vegas School of Nursing, Las Vegas, NV; BS, Nursing, Magna Cum Laude, University of Nevada–Las Vegas School of Nursing, Las Vegas, NV
Honors: Clark County Medical Society Alliance Merit Award, 2012; Harry and Rebecca Lahr Foundation Scholarship Recipient December 2016 ; March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Finalist, 2013 ; University of Nevada- Las Vegas Clinical Excellence Award, 2012; Valley Hospital “Star of the Year” Award, 2013
Member: Sigma Theta Tau International (Zeta Kappa At-Large)
I was a patient at the High Risk Pregnancy Center and was so impressed with the way they managed my care that I knew that, after I had my baby and returned to work, I wanted to work with this practice.
I have always been a firm believer that good things can come from bad experiences. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was a freshman in college. I saw how fragmented the healthcare system was and how people were losing their identities to this disease. While I was hospitalized with complications from diabetes, the people who cared for me the most were the nurses. They sat down and talked with me and showed me empathy. It was a life altering experience for me. Because of it, I changed my major to nursing and went on to become a nurse practitioner so I could not only care for patients, but also treat them. I could not have made a better career choice.
At the High Risk Pregnancy Center, I work with our patients with diabetes. I take a collaborative approach to care, teaching you what you need to know to adapt your lifestyle for the best outcome for you and your baby. I understand that managing diabetes is hard and I try to be both your information resource and cheerleader. I try to be honest, holistic and compassionate because I know where you are coming from. I’ve been there and know that with the right care, you can achieve your dream.
Jennifer worked as an RN at Valley Hospital before finishing her Master’s degree and joining the High Risk Pregnancy Center in 2017. She is a new mom who, when time allows, loves to cook and travel.