Sierra Vista Names Distinguished Alumnus

September 10, 2018

head shot of Jennifer Creighton
Trauma Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Creighton received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Wayland’s Sierra Vista campus.

TUCSON – Jennifer Creighton, trauma nurse practitioner in Tucson, was named the Distinguished Alumni Award winner for Wayland Baptist University’s campus in Sierra Vista recently.

Creighton began her nursing career after getting out of the Army, where she specialized in Military Intelligence on Fort Huachuca, and working for the Department of Defense creating databases for Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) on Fort Huachuca. She changed career fields as a way to give back to the community, hoping to someday work with active-duty military and veterans.

She earned an RN degree from Cochise College in 2010, then continued to earn the bachelor’s degree in nursing with a minor in business in 2011 from Wayland. She returned to school in 2012 after a brief break and completed a dual master’s degree and doctorate with the University of Arizona, specializing in Adult and Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.  Her dissertation was on Deescalating a Stress State in Veterans/Military with a history of PTSD facilitated by a phone app-lead yogic breathing exercise. 

Creighton previously worked for the University of Colorado Hospital in Colorado Springs as an Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner. She currently works for the University Medical Center/Banner Hospital in Tucson (a Level 1 Trauma Center) as a Trauma/Acute Surgery/Burn Nurse Practitioner. She is also a Clinical Supervising Faculty at the University of Arizona Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner program.

“Wayland’s alumni are serving their communities in great and small ways, and Jennifer Creighton is a great example of what is wonderful about our alums,” said Teresa Young, director of alumni relations at Wayland. “We are honored to call her part of our Wayland family, and it was no surprise given her accomplishments that our campus chose her as their first alumni honoree.”

Wayland’s Alumni Association has presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to graduates over the homecoming weekend for many years. The program was expanded this year to include a winner for each campus’ alumni, with Creighton among some of the last honored in 2018. By the time homecoming festivities are celebrated in October, a total of 16 alumni will have been selected and celebrated across the system.