Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Kathy Jordan

May 4, 2020

Dr. Kathy Jordan has a passion for clinical nursing practice and teaches in the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She is currently developing an online post-master’s Emergency Nurse Practitioner program and has been a part of the University for 15 years. 

Her favorite aspect about  teaching is connecting with students. “I love developing meaningful relationships with my students to help pave the pathway for them so that they have an opportunity to reach their goals,” said Jordan. “I believe that the students I work with share the same passion as I do for clinical nursing practice, particularly in the role of an advanced practice provider. My joy in teaching is centered on building and nurturing the student-faculty relationship.”

Dr. Jordan’s professional experience in the field of emergency care allows her to add another dimension to the knowledge she imparts on her students. “I have been a nurse practitioner in emergency care for many years and I have vast experiences to share with students to help them connect real-life clinical situations to the theory that they learn through their courses,” said Jordan. 

“I love that I have the opportunity to make it ‘real’ for them.  Students learn so much better by applying the evidence in the literature to clinical practice and I have been blessed in my own career to have acquired an extensive amount of knowledge and skills that stem from my clinical practice.”  

Online learning is changing the landscape of education everywhere. In healthcare, online learning to obtain an advanced degree allows students to continue their full-time employment while continuing to pursue their degree. 

“For a wide variety of reasons, many students definitely prefer or require an online platform for academic advancement,” said Jordan. 

“Distance learning affords the students the unique opportunity to advance their knowledge and skill set while maintaining work-life balance. It also allows students to have a wider selection of schools to choose from, particularly if they reside in a remote area. For example, in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at UNC Charlotte the majority of the students work full time as advanced practice providers, have family responsibilities but also have a strong desire to obtain their terminal degree. Obtaining a DNP degree would not be possible for them without an online program. 

There is an extra level of care involved when faculty are developing a program for online delivery.  “No matter where the teaching and learning occur, the importance is that the faculty member is socially present and conveys this presence to students,” said Jordan. “This, in my opinion, will determine the success or failure of an online academic platform.” 

Dr. Jordan loves working with the University and being a part of Niner Nation. “UNC Charlotte is an outstanding University that offers a substantial number of academic programs,” said Jordan. “The reputation of our University is impeccable. I am honored to be a part of this amazing University.”

Dr. Kathy Jordan holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from University of South Alabama; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester; a Post-Master’s as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Marymount University; and a Bachelor or Science in Nursing from D'Youville College.  She is a licensed registered nurse, certified family nurse practitioner, certified emergency nurse practitioner, and certified sexual assault nurse examiner for pediatrics. 

Dr. Kathy Jordan has received many awards and honors, including: 

  • Community Service Award, University of South Alabama, 2013
  • Journal of Forensic Nursing Clinical Article of the Year Award, 2015
  • UNC Charlotte School of Nursing Research Spotlight, 2016 – 2017
  • UNC Charlotte College of Health and Human Services 2017 Faculty Excellence Award for 
  • Clinical Teaching
  • Academy of Emergency Nursing Fellow, Inducted 2017
  • North Carolina Great 100, Nominee 2018
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners Fellow, Inducted 2019