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Jaya DeElena DNP, FNP-BC, ARNP

Teaching Associate
Faculty Clinic Advisor
UW DNP Program Preceptor

After graduating with my Bachelor of Science in Biology, I taught high school Biology for three years. After completing nursing school, I worked in emergency room services for five years before becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. I worked in an urgent care setting before transitioning to the primary care setting where I currently practice. I enjoy taking care of a wide variety of medical topics versus a specific focus and taking care of the entire family. I also enjoy connecting with patients/families and helping them on their health journeys. I truly value being able to help patients/families understand the complexities of the human body through teaching, whether it is for health/wellness or in times of sickness, so each person can find their happiness and health to lead the best possible life.

Jaya is a third-generation nurse and has many family members who are/were in nursing, including her grandmother (Geneva), Mother (Naomi), Stepmother (Leela), and Aunt (Jaishree).  She always knew she wanted to be in medicine as a provider, thus why she continued with her doctoral studies at UW to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Jaya has always had a deep fondness and drive to help others. Nursing was a career path where she could blend science and help others in a meaningful way to those around her. She loves learning and would characterize herself as a forever learner.


Bachelor of Science Biology, 2008

Bachelor of Science Nursing, 2013

Doctor of Nurse Practice, 2018

Awards, accolades, and distinguished memberships:

President of Tri Beta Biology Honors Society, 2008.

Recipient of Vikram J. Bajaj Scholarship, 2008

Recipient of Academic Transfer Scholarship Award,  2006

Invited to join Sigma Theta Tau Delta Theta Chapter Nursing Honors Society, 2013.

Recipient of Clinical Excellence Award,  2012

Recipient of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Scholarship,  2012

Leadership Education in Adolescent Health Fellowship, 2016-2017


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
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University of Washington, School of Nursing
Dept of Child, Family. and Population Health Nursing
Box 357263
Seattle, WA 98195