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Contact: Karen Gainey, Marketing Coordinator
Phone: 910-291-7550 FAX: 910-291-7996
October 18, 2010
Katherine "Katilda" Blackmon, FNP, ENP, ACNP became a new "mid-level" provider in Scotland Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department when she recently earned the credential Emergency Nurse Practitioner.
Blackmon received her Masters Degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama (USA) with concentrations in Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner as well as Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Her practical training was performed at local facilities, while training in her specialty, Emergency Medicine, was performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
With this advanced training and credential, Blackmon's role in Scotland Memorial's Emergency Center changed quite a bit. "I transitioned from a registered nurse to a nurse practitioner," she stated. "Rather than inserting IVs or drawing blood, I now have more patient interaction and am more focused on diagnosing the patient. As a nurse I was at the bedside, but was more task oriented. I can now admit patients and function much like a physician assistant. The EC doctors seem to be excited about having another mid-level provider."
Dr. Douglas Nederostek, EC Medical Director, says the EC team is indeed excited to have another medical provider. He added, "During Mrs. Blackmon's transition from nurse to nurse practitioner she continued to do an excellent job and I look forward to continuing a strong relationship in the Emergency Center."
Mrs. Blackmon has been a registered nurse for twelve years, the last eight of those as a charge nurse in Scotland Memorial's EC, in addition to serving in several other roles in the Center.
While carrying the duties of charge nurse Mrs. Blackmon was instrumental in the planning, development and construction of the new Emergency Center in 2005-2007. She served as the department's construction Co-Coordinator with Becky Crews, RN, also of the Emergency Center.
Blackmon is active in the Emergency Nurses Association, serving as the secretary for the local Dogwood chapter. She has also served four years as the North Carolina delegate to the General Assembly, and plans to continue to advocate for patients and their families in this capacity and beyond. She is also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Trauma Society, Trauma Society for Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
As she settles into her new role as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner she states that Scotland Memorial Hospital continues to feel like home to her and believes that she will be with Scotland Memorial for many years to come.
Blackmon has been married to Bruce Blackmon for 20 years. They have two sons, 18 year old David, and 16 year old Andrew. Blackmon states that she developed a concern for others while growing up in a missionary family. She says that she chose an Advance Practice Nursing degree because she enjoys taking care of patients and wanted to remain in bedside care.
For more information about Scotland Memorial Hospital's EC, visit scotlandhealth.org.
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