About

Meet Jennifer

I have been an RN for over 34 years and have a wealth of experience regarding the changing face of healthcare in the USA and the current needs of nurses. I trained and worked as a nurse in South Africa for 18 years before immigrating to the USA in 2003, where I worked in acute care settings in California for 18 years.

As an oncology nurse navigator in California, the regional oncology nurse navigation program adopted my patient educational series, the introduction of neutropenic cards in ERs for cancer patients in crisis, and a Cancer Survivorship Program I built from the ground up.

In 2016, I self-published a book under my maiden name, Jenny Marais, titled Navigating Your Cancer Journey: A Handbook for Cancer Patients and Caregivers by an Oncology Nurse Navigator which won multiple awards. Eisai Inc. has distributed thousands of these books to oncology patients at medical offices in California, and Incyte has used them as part of its educational library.

As a founding member of the Love Your Lungs Coalition, involving multiple partners and healthcare systems in the greater Sacramento region, I teamed up with a professor from another healthcare system on a research proposal benefiting both healthcare systems. Working at a “Center of Excellence” with the international Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, I participated in a joint research project on patient resources. I presented these findings at their national summit and the progress of our Cancer Survivorship Program the following year.

In 2023, my chapter Tribe of Angels: Lessons Learned from Nurses on Resilience during the COVID Pandemic was part of an anthology You Can, You Will, which achieved Amazon’s best seller status in 49 categories in 5 countries with eighteen other authors under the lead author Julianne Williams.

I am deeply concerned about the healthcare crisis, particularly the fate of nurses suffering from compassion fatigue and burnout. My book, Nurses Matter, focuses on nurses and a Nurse Movement for transformational change. Nurses can turn the healthcare crisis around as the biggest group in healthcare, but they need auxiliary help to do that. I have a new nurse model to address that, including a self-help program for nurses to lessen the effects of compassion fatigue and burnout in my book.

We and our loved ones are, or will be, patients in the future. A Nurse Movement for change is critical to healthcare recovery and will affect everyone. As nurses, we can make the transformational change we seek if we are together.

EDUCATION

Groote Schuur Hospital

Associate of Nursing

1984 – 1988

UNIVERITY OF DUNDEE

Bachelor of Nursing – Nursing Science

2009 – 2011

UNIVERITY OF DUNDEE

Master of Nursing
(Leadership, Quality, and Governance)

2017 – 2020

Book

NURSES MATTER

Nurses Matter: From Compassion Fatigue to Resilience / A Nurse Movement to Overcome Burnout and Transform Healthcare.