Assistant Clinical Professor

Gordon H. WorleyGordon H. Worley is an assistant clinical professor in the family nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. He has more than 30 years’ experience as an emergency department nurse practitioner, emergency nurse, flight nurse and health care educator.

Prior to joining the faculty at the School of Nursing, he served as the advanced practice clinician director for the emergency department at Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, California. Gordon maintains a part-time clinical practice in the emergency department and urgent care.

Gordon earned an Associate Degree from American River College in Sacramento followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson, California, and a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. He received postgraduate training in emergency medicine through the American College of Emergency Physicians Emergency Medicine Academy.

His professional interests include wilderness medicine, rural health, humanitarian and disaster response, emergency medical services (EMS), air medical transport, and search and rescue. Gordon has lectured and conducted workshops at numerous health care conferences and in other venues across the nation, Canada and Scandinavia on a wide range of advanced practice nursing, emergency nursing, EMS, air medical, disaster response and wilderness medicine topics. Gordon is a member of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS), a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, and a member of the WMS Disaster and Humanitarian Medicine Committee. He also maintains active membership in the California Association for Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants, the Emergency Nurses Association, the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association, and the North American Society of Toxinology.

Over the years Gordon has been involved in many community activities related to his professional interests. He a founding member of Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) California-11 in Sacramento, CA, with multiple disaster deployments, most recently to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. He served for many years as a member of the Placer County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Ground Search Unit, and as a member of the unit’s Board of Directors. He is a volunteer healthcare provider with the Flying Samaritans, a non-profit organization that operates multiple health and dental clinics in Baja California and northern Mexico. He also volunteers with other regional and international humanitarian medical organizations.

He also serves as a guest faculty member for the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine Wilderness Medicine Elective. Gordon wrote chapters in nursing and EMS textbooks and published peer-reviewed research and articles in the Journal of Emergency Nursing, the Air Medical Journal, and Wilderness and Environmental Medicine.

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