Nurse Practitioner, Provider

Jennifer Bell is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) at the Bateman Horne Center (BHC). She completed a Bachelor of Science (BS) in nursing at the University of Southern Maine School of Nursing and a Master of Science (MS) in nursing with a specialty in family practice at the University of Utah College of Nursing. Bell has extensive experience in primary care, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, and now specializes in diagnosis, treatment, and research related to Long COVID, ME/CFS, FM, and related comorbidities.

Bell recently relocated from Hawaii to Utah after five years on the Big Island working in gynecology, rural women’s health, and urgent care. Prior to Hawaii, she worked on the coast of Maine for over a decade in women’s health and primary care and co-owned a family practice clinic.  After completing her MS in Nursing in Utah, she worked in primary care with Jordan Valley Family Health Center, was Associate Director of the Center for Clinical Studies at the University of Utah and was an infectious disease provider for the Utah State Prison HIV/AIDS program. Bell volunteers time at the Summit County Vaccination COVID-19 Clinic and has been a National Ski Patrol volunteer in Maine and a medical ski patroller at Solitude Ski Resort in Utah.

 

Education and Training

Institution and Location Degree Completion Field of Study

University of Southern Main, School of Nursing, Portland, Maine

University of Utah, College of Nursing, Salt Lake City, Utah

BS

MS

1987

1994

 

Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

 

 

Personal Statement

My mother inspired my career in nursing.  When I was 10, I watched her go back to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and to volunteer as an EMT for our rural town in eastern Pennsylvania.  I loved looking at her anatomy books and listening to her work stories. I admired her courage and compassion. After high school, at age 17, I decided to work as a nurse’s aide in our local hospital. Over the next 14 years, I studied to become a registered nurse (RN), worked as a trauma ICU nurse, and eventually attended the University of Utah to complete my MS/FNP program in 1994.  

My FNP career over these last 26 years has been diverse and fulfilling. Through all of it, what I have loved the most is being with my patients, hearing their stories and working with them to help them heal and live healthier lives. Untangling a complicated history or piecing together seemingly unrelated symptoms nurtured my intellectual curiosity and added to my overall fulfillment. When I found a BHC job posting on Indeed.com this past January, I was immediately intrigued. Further investigation of the BHC website, testimonials, research grants, and partners convinced me that I wanted to be part of this center of excellence.

At this point in my career, being a provider at the BHC is very meaningful and feels like the culmination of all I have worked for over the past 26 years. I appreciate the importance of working with a patient population that has complex stories and needs an active partner in health care. I am excited to participate in the growing body of knowledge through research in ME/CFS, FM, and Long COVID. And finally, I feel very fortunate to learn from and work with an amazingly dedicated group of clinicians and staff. Thank you for this opportunity.

 

Positions and Honors

2021-PR Nurse Practitioner, Bateman Horne Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
2019-2020 Nurse Practitioner and Safety Officer, Kipuka O Ke Ola, Native Hawaiian Rural Health Clinic, Kamuela, Hawaii
2018-20
2010-11
Nurse Practitioner, Waimea Urgent Care, Kamuela, Hawaii
2015-17 Nurse Practitioner, Gynecology and Uro-Gynecology, North Hawaii Community Hospital, Kamuela, Hawaii
2013-15 Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Advisor, Preceptor, and Supervisor, Belfast Family Planning and Primary Care, Belfast, Maine
2012-13
2005-10
Nurse Practitioner, Clinic Owner, Preceptor, Hope Health, Camden, Maine
1999-2003 Nurse Practitioner, Internal Medicine and Long-Term Care, Norumbega Medical, Bangor, Maine
1997-98 Nurse Practitioner, Employee Health, ARUP Laboratory, Salt Lake City, Utah
1994-96 Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care, Preceptor, Jordan Valley Family Health Center, West Jordan, Utah

 

  Research Experience

1996-98 Associate Director of Program Development/Family Nurse Practitioner, Infectious Diseases including HIV/AIDS, managing patients on Phase 1-Phase 4 FDA clinical trials, Center for Clinical Studies, University of Utah Department of Internal Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah
1993-94 Research Coordinator/Registered Nurse, Amphortericin B studies for Aspergillosis, pneumonia in immunocompromised patients, prepared IRB, enrollment and data collection, University of Utah, Department of Infectious Disease, Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Teaching Experience

2016-17 John Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii
Precepted 3rd year Medical Students in Gynecological Exams
2007, 2014-15 University of Southern Maine, School of Nursing, Portland, Maine
Precepted 2nd year Family and Adult Nurse Practitioner students
2007-09 Yale University College of Nursing, New Haven, Connecticut
Preceptor of 2nd year Family Nurse Practitioner students
1995-98 University of Utah College of Nursing, Salt Lake City, Utah
Preceptor of Family Nurse Practitioner students
(Other) 2014-18 Ragged Mountain Ski Patrol, Camden, Main

 

Professional Organizations

  • Utah Nurse Practitioner Association – Presently and 1994 to 1998
  • Maine Nurse Practitioner Association – October 1999 to 2014
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – October 2012 to 2017
  • National Ski Patrol – 2012 to 2018

 

Certifications and Licensure

  • State of Utah and Hawaii APRN License
  • State of Utah and Hawaii APRN Controlled Substances and DEA Licenses
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center, Family Nurse Practitioner certification, valid through 11/2024
  • Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC) Certified 2012 to 2018
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) 1979 to present