R.N., Chief Clinical Officer
Jenn Messix is a nurse, a servant leader, an advocate, and the Clinical Director at Arundel Lodge’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center in Annapolis, MD. She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing from Chesapeake College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Western Governor’s University and received an ANCC psychiatric-mental health nursing certification in 2017. Jenn is currently engaged in a Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Walden University with an anticipated graduation date of November 2023. Upon graduation, she will sit for the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board exam and is looking forward to caring for patients in a greater capacity, once licensed.
Jenn began her nursing career at Shore Regional Health in Easton, MD as an Emergency Room Nurse after completing their Critical Care University program. Additionally, she has worked as a psychiatric staff nurse, nurse supervisor, and nurse educator of acute and residential psychiatric services at Adventist Behavioral Health and Wellness services in Cambridge, MD, and worked as a charge nurse for the adolescent inpatient unit as well as managed 2 adult co-occurring inpatient units for Adventist Behavioral Health and Wellness Services in Rockville, MD. Recently, Jenn served as a hospital representative for involuntary admission court hearings and worked as the clinical director of behavioral health with oversight of their adolescent & adult inpatient, adolescent & adult partial hospitalization, and emergency psychiatric service lines at Calvert Health Medical Center in Prince Frederick, MD. These combined experiences as well as support from her mentors who are also local leaders, have served her well throughout her professional nursing career.
Jenn’s current role is to support her team of administrative assistants, peer support specialists, nurses, therapists, and psychiatric nurse practitioners in serving individuals from local communities with their mental health and substance use disorder needs. Her passion for building rapport, stigma reduction, mental wellness, patient advocacy, self-awareness, education, and patient-centered care is readily apparent. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, traveling, listening to true-crime podcasts, and spending time with her family and 2 Maine Coon cats.
Jenn wants everyone to know that “Being diagnosed with a mental illness does not define who a person is or what they are capable of achieving."