Lydia Mejia-Johnson, DNP, RN, CHFP

Lydia Mejia-Johnson Assistant Professor

Phone: 573-882-0292
Fax: 573-884-4544
S448 Sinclair School of Nursing
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Nursing Specialty

Leadership Development, Complex Healthcare Systems, Ethics, and Healthcare Finance

Interest Area(s) 

Organizational Leadership, Healthcare Policy, Ethics, and Financial Management 


  • DNP, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • MS(N), University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  • BSN, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

Area of Doctoral Study

Organizational Leadership, Healthcare Systems
Residency: Healthcare Financial Management/Education

Program of Research

Dr. Mejia-Johnson’s scholarly work interests are in conducting systematic, integrative and evaluative reviews generating new knowledge to enhance the profession of nursing. Her priorities are to develop curricula and educational programs for healthcare professionals to bridge significant gaps in care. Her work focuses on solidifying healthcare disciplines and business entities to enhance nursing education and improve collaborative patient-centered care regarding quality, value and cost containment. 

Bio and Professional Experience

Dr. Mejia-Johnson attained her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2016. She brings with her years of teaching and leadership service experience over the course of fifteen years of nursing in the private and public sectors. She has spent many of those years in direct patient care focusing on best outcomes for both organization and patient. While attaining her MS(N) and DNP, Lydia taught clinical medical-surgical, BSN program; Bioethics and Ethics, RN-BSN program; and Nursing Foundations/Theories/Roles, Ethics, and Research, MS(N) program. During her residency, Lydia developed professional leadership presentations focusing on Healthcare Finance for Nurses. Additionally, as the first nurse-member to co-chair a committee in her chapter with HFMA, she also attained certification as a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional. Currently, Lydia teaches in the BSN program and serves on committees at the Sinclair School of Nursing and MU campus abroad.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • N4200 – Nursing Ethics and the Law
  • N3670 – Clinical Medical-Surgical

Selected Grants and Awards

  • Charles H & Viola Loomis Nursing Scholarship (2013 &2012)
  • Varnes Nursing Scholarship (2013)
  • KHERF Healthcare Administration Scholarship (2013 & 2012)
  • Baptist Trinity Nursing Scholarship (2012)
  • Kansas University Medical Center School of Nursing Scholarship (2013 & 2012)
  • H. Roswell Wahl Scholarship (2012)
  • Melva Jean & John W. Hatfield Scholarship (2011)

Selected Publications

  • Park, S.H., Weaver, L., Mejia-Johnson, L., Vukas, R., & Zimmerman, J. (2015). An integrative literature review of patient turnover in inpatient hospital settings. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 0193945315616811.


  • “An Evaluative Review of Doctor of Nursing Practice Projects that Include Cost Analysis,” Dissemination of Scholarly Work to Public Venue, Doctor of Nursing Practice Presentation, April 2016
  • “Nursing Embracing Finance 101,” Executive and Managerial Nurse Forum, Truman Medical Centers, November 2015
  • “Nursing Embracing Finance 101,” Executive and Managerial Nurse Forum, The University of Kansas Westwood Cancer Center, July 2015
  • “A Systematic Literature Review: Strategies Aimed at Improving Nursing Care Processes Relevant to Patient Turnover in Hospital Settings,” Scholarly Research Presentation, Graduate Student Research Forum, Kansas University Medical Center, March 2015
  • “Strategies to Create Parity between Nursing and Finance,” (Continuing Nursing Education Units Awarded), Membership Assembly Conference, Kansas State Nurses Association, October 2014
  • “Strategies to Create Parity between Nursing and Finance,” Leadership Team, The University of Kansas Westwood Cancer Center, July 2014
  • “Transforming Nursing Leadership: Highlights from Association of Nurse Executives Annual Conference,” Leadership Team, University of Kansas Westwood Cancer Center, March 2013

Honors and Awards

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Honor Society of Nursing (2014)


  • Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society (STTI)
  • Kansas State Nurse Association (KSNA)
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMMS)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE)