School of Nursing Faculty and Camp Sunshine Founder Named to Aflac Wall of Fame
Woodruff Health Sciences Center | Sept. 12, 2016
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Assistant Clinical Professor Dorothy Jordan DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, was recently honored with Aflac’s Duckprints Award for her significant contributions in the battle against childhood cancer. Dr. Jordan’s footprints were added to the Duckprints Wall of Fame during a ceremony at the nationally renowned children's cancer facility, the Aflac Cancer Center.
"The Aflac Cancer Center and its fight on behalf of children with cancer and their families has been a source of great pride, motivation and inspiration for the broad Aflac family for over 20 years," Aflac Foundation President Kathleen Amos said. "Each Duckprint honoree has made a unique contribution, and leaves their own indelible legacies in this ongoing effort, and this shared struggle has forged a bond among us all."
Jordan is the founder of Camp Sunshine, a nonprofit organization offering year-round recreational, educational and supportive programming for Georgia children with cancer and their families. It was through her early clinical work with children with cancer and their families that she developed the idea to provide pediatric oncology patients the normal childhood experience of summer camp. With the help of others in the pediatric oncology community, she founded Camp Sunshine. She served as the first executive director of Camp Sunshine and has served on the board since its inception. She continues to volunteer at Camp Sunshine teen week and provides camper and staff mental health support. The Camp Sunshine program has been serving Georgia families since 1983.
Jordan has taught at the School of Nursing since 2011. Her clinical interests include early mental health screening, infant mental health promotion, early intervention, the universal prevention of psychiatric mental health disorders, and the integration of mental health into primary care. She also has a special interest in access to psychiatric mental health care for underserved and displaced youth and families. Jordan also serves as a psychiatric nurse practitioner with the Decatur Family Psychiatry.