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521 College of Nursing

Dr. Melander led the development of the Statement on Acute Care and Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioners.  Additionally she facilitated the development of a second multi-organizational white paper addressing nurse practitioner employment, which is being used across the U.S. in both primary and acute care settings. She currently holds positions on national committees addressing advance practice current issues.  Dr. Melander has practiced for more than 18 years as a cardiovascular ACNP specialist in both hospital and office settings.  She was the first certified ACNP to practice in the Owensboro/Daviess County, Kentucky area.  While practicing at Sandra Fallon Cardiology in Santa Monica, California, she was one of the first practitioners to be involved with advanced genetic counseling for cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention.  She is a fellow in the Society of Critical Care Medicine as well as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Academy of Nursing.  She has over 40 publications in research journals and critical care books and chapters.  It is apparent throughout Dr. Melander’s career that she has focused her efforts to support interprofessional research, education and accountable interprofessional healthcare.  Dr. Melander’s work with graduate faculty throughout the US continues to impact healthcare professional and systems for improved patient outcomes.

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  • Post-Doctorate Certificate, ACNP, Vanderbilt University, 1999
  • PhD, University of Alabama, 1990
  • MSN, University of Evansville, 1988
  • BSN, University of Evansville, 1985


  • Cardiology and interventional and genetic markers for prevention and advanced treatment of lipid management and vascular disease
  • DNP education and models for delivery of adult gerontological acute care nurse practitioner as well as distance education model