MEMA Nurse Practitioner Spotlight: Kathy Jordan, DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-C, SANE-P, FAEN

Why did you decide to become a nurse practitioner?

Nursing has been my life-long goal since childhood, and as I advanced through each stage of my career, I was driven to expand my knowledge, skill set and scope of practice by embracing a high-level model of nursing.

What is the best part of your practice?

All of it! I love clinical practice, education, and research.  I also am the director of the APP Fellowship Program with MEMA and love this role! It allows me to combine my love of clinical practice while educating others in the advanced practice provider role. My current position provides me with the opportunity to work in clinical practice, academia, and participate in evidence-based translation research.

What are some of the biggest challenges of practicing in the emergency department?

Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of participating in tremendous changes in the landscape of emergency care.  I think our biggest challenges are overcrowding, boarding of psychiatric patients, limited resources/funding, and working under the pressure of attaining high scores in various national metrics.

Why did you choose to practice with MEMA?

For the past 21 years I have worked for MEMA and sincerely believe we are the best Emergency Medicine group ever! MEMA has extraordinary leadership, brilliant physicians and is a collaborative and supportive professional practice. Our culture embodies the utmost in respect and professional integrity. It is this culture that makes me proud to work for MEMA. I would not have committed the last 21 years of my career to this organization if I felt differently.

Have you received any awards been recognized from your peers? Is so, can you tell us a bit about it?

Yes, multiple times. I have published over 27 manuscripts in professional peer-reviewed journals, edited two textbooks and have several published chapters in textbooks, delivered presentations multiple times at national meetings, and have been an active contributor in attaining successful funding endeavors with UNC Charlotte’s School of Nursing. Throughout all this work I am most proud of being inducted into the Academy of Emergency Nursing as a Fellow (FAEN), in 2017 and receiving the UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services 2017 Faculty Excellence Award for Clinical Teaching.

What about Charlotte excites you?

I love Charlotte and the diversity of this environment.  We live on Lake Norman and love lake living, also the proximity to the beach, mountains, and city living.