Jenny Kleinert, a 2009 graduate of Herzing-Madison, received the 2016 Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. According to the chapter’s website, it annually awards a nurse who “demonstrates vision, perseverance, dedication, initiative and facilitation in the delivery of mental health services to individuals, families and their communities.”
Kleinert, lead nurse at Mercy Options Behavioral Health in Janesville, does not know who gave her the nomination.
“Jennifer is a strong leader and inspiration to the behavioral health department management team,” Lisa Usgaard, director of Mercy Options Behavioral Health told The Herald-Independent. “She is diligent in advocating for her patients and truly dedicated to the destigmatization and quality treatment of individuals and families requiring mental health services. Her heart and determination to deliver care the right way, is something to behold. I, as well as her peers, value her energy, hard work and spirit that she brings to a sometimes difficult work each day.”