Kristi is from Jackson, Mississippi where she graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 1989. She attended the University of Mississippi for her undergraduate classes and graduated from Mississippi College with her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She completed her Master’s Degree in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Mississippi University for Women. She also obtained her post master’s certificate as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner from the University of Mississippi. She maintains dual certification by the American Nurse Credentialing Center as a Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
She is the current Clinical Director for Emergency Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Her experience in healthcare encompasses ten years in emergency services, including emergency nursing, emergency management, and practicing as a nurse practitioner in an emergency department. She has successfully developed and managed an Urgent Care (Fast Tract) Unit, an observational unit, and a statewide telemedicine program for rural emergency departments. She lectures frequently on emergency medicine topics such as effective triaging, disaster planning, emergency nursing, and telemedicine in the emergency department. She also has experience working in med-surg and critical care nursing. She has been a legal nurse consultant for approximately three years.
She is president of a local chapter of the Emergency Nurses Association and serves on the Mississippi State Council for the Emergency Nurses Association. Professional memberships include the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Nurses Association, Mississippi Nurses Association, and the American Telemedicine Association.