Dr. Jennifer Ballard-Hernandez is the cardiology clinical nurse advisor to the Office of Nursing Services for VA Central Office. She is field based at the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, where she works as a cardiology nurse practitioner. Dr. Ballard-Hernandez is a volunteer assistant clinical professor for the University of California, Irvine, School of Nursing. Her clinical practice focuses on general cardiology, advanced heart failure, and chronic disease management. Dr. Ballard-Hernandez completed her family nurse practitioner training at the University of California, Irvine, her acute care nurse practitioner training at the University of Pennsylvania, and her DNP degree at the Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Ballard-Hernandez serves on several national professional committees and is currently appointed to the Federal Cardiology Section Leadership Council for the American College of Cardiology. Her research interests include examining the application of palliative care in heart failure and pharmacologic research for heart failure and atrial fibrillation. Dr. Ballard-Hernandez has served as both principal and co-investigator in multiple clinical trials.