Jennifer Kawi is an alumna of the MSN/FNP program at UNLV and a board certified Advanced Practice Nurse with a specialty in chronic pain management. She teaches both in the undergraduate and graduate programs with backgrounds in critical care, cardiovascular, post anesthesia, and medical-surgical nursing. Kawi has additional leadership and administrative experience especially in licensure and accreditation of ambulatory surgery facilities.
Kawi completed her doctoral degree in nursing at University of Colorado Denver, a top graduate and research-intensive nursing program. Her program of research focuses on chronic pain, chronic illnesses, biomarkers, self-management, self-management support, and diversity in nursing. She has received several awards for her nursing contributions. She has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at local, regional, and national conferences.
Kawi is an Editorial Board Member of the Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal and reviewer for several refereed journals. She is the treasurer of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association and a faculty affiliate with the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine. She serves on the UNLV School of Nursing Bylaws Committee and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Additionally, she has active memberships with other organizations. She also chairs and serves in committees for student capstones, theses, and dissertations.