Davis Medical Center welcomes Jennifer Abel, PMHNP


Elkins, W.Va. –Jennifer Abel, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), has joined the Laurel Place Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit team, with extensive experience in the mental health field.

Abel received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mountain State University (Beckley, West Virginia); her Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner from the Jesuit University of Wheeling (Wheeling, WVV) and a Post-Masters Certification as a Post-Masters Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Wilmington University (New Castle, DE).

She has over seven years of experience as a nurse practitioner in inpatient and outpatient care, and eighteen years of experience in nursing.

“Jennifer’s specialist experience in psychiatric mental health brings great value to the care we provide to patients at Laurel Place,” said Kathy Sturm, Chief Nurse of the DMC.

“Our short-term behavioral health unit treats people who suffer from depression, anxiety, social withdrawal and a range of other conditions. Jennifer will provide in-depth psychiatric evaluations to assess and diagnose the patient’s condition, then determine the appropriate treatment interventions.

“I love the challenge of making a positive difference in someone’s life,” said Abel. “With the right medication and treatment, we see patients become themselves again. Patient successes inspire me to do what I do.

Abel has worked in various WV healthcare facilities including William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, United Hospital Center, and the Myers Clinic. In addition, she holds various certifications in advanced nursing practice, medication assistance therapy, basic resuscitation and DEA certification.

“Tackling a mental health stigma is deeply personal, so it’s important for patients to know that they can trust me and that they can feel secure in their care. Success might not come overnight, but I’m there for them throughout their recovery journey, ”added Abel.

For more information on Laurel Place and short-term behavioral health care for inpatients at Davis Medical Center, visit www.laurelplace.org, or call 302.630.3508.


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