Jennifer Kopp, a 2012 Osmond High School graduate, recently published a journal article as first-author and principal investigator. 

The article was published in the most recent issue of the peer-reviewed academic journal, American Journal of Infection Control. 

Under the guidance of Dr. Breanna Hetland, an accomplished nurse researcher at UNMC College of Nursing, Kopp successfully led ICU staff nurses to “clean up” their cell phones and reduce the risk of infection spread to patients and staff. 

Several colleagues from Nebraska Medicine and Baylor College of Medicine co-authored the details of the study in the article “Efficacy of a Bioburden Reduction Intervention on Mobile Phones of Critical Care Nurses.” 

Her research was also selected as a national poster presentation winner and was showcased at the 2021 National Teaching Institute for Critical Care Nurses.

Kopp is currently a doctoral student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where she is completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesia. Prior to enrolling in graduate studies, she practiced as an intensive care unit nurse in the burn ICU and cardiovascular ICU at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha. She was also part of the Biocontainment Unit team that admitted the first COVID ICU patient in Nebraska and cared for the first COVID-infected U.S. citizens as they returned from cruise vacations abroad in early 2020.

Kopp is the daughter of Bob Kopp, of Orchard, and Robyn and Kevin Elwood, of Plainview. She is the granddaughter of the late Dr. R.E. and Pauline Kopp, and Carolyn, and the late Robert, Watson, formerly of Plainview, now of Oro Valley, Ariz.