faculty profile

Melissa Armstrong Glassford   DNP, FNP-C

Assistant Professor of Nursing


Melissa Glassford joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2010. She has been involved in healthcare for over 10 years in a variety of areas including cardiothoracic surgery, employer based health promotion and screening and primary care. As the VUSN liaison for the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA), Dr. Glassford directs the simulation curriculum in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. Her clinical practice has previously been in Dickson, Tennessee where she provided primary care services to uninsured patients. Her current clinical practice is with the Vanderbilt School of Nursing faculty practice network.


  • DNP, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • BSN, Belmont University
  • BS, Belmont University


  • Family Nurse Practitioner - American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Diabetes management in primary care 
  • Integration of health coaching in chronic disease management 
  • Incorporation of simulation in advanced practice nursing education 

Academic Interests

  • Pathophysiology
  • Standardized patient simulation 
  • Complex care delivery 
  • Legal and business aspects of primary care practice 

Current Projects

  • Utility of blood glucose self-monitoring in diabetic patients on oral therapy 

Representative Publications


Glassford, M. A. (2017). Recognizing type 1 diabetes mellitus in children & adolescents. The Nurse Practitioner, 42(6), 16-22. https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NPR.0000516121.77126.61

Hande, K., Parish, A.L., Cook, C., Glassford, M. A., Pitts, C. J., Richmond, A., Widmar,B.S., Brame, C., & Kennedy, B. (2017). Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship: A Model to Support Nursing Education Development. Nurse Educator, 1. https://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000413

Representative Presentations

Evidence Based Surgical Site Antisepsis, University of Colorado Hospital Operating Room, February 2008, 1 CEU

August 2011 "Know Your Numbers." Metro Action Council, Nashville, TN 

June 2012 "Synergy in Simulation: Putting it All Together." Association of Standardized Patient Educators, San Diego, CA 

November 2015 "Handling Student Anxiety in Standardized Patient Simulations." Tennessee Simulation Alliance, Nashville, TN

April 2016 "Junior faculty teaching fellowship: A New Model to Transform Nursing Education" Conference on Radical Transformation in Nursing Education. Durham, NC

December 2016 "Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship" HPERD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 

Clinical Practice

  • VUSN Faculty Practice

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, member, 2010? present
  • Association of Standardized Patient Educators, member 2011-2012 
  • Association of Operating Room Nurses, member 2007-2009