faculty profile

Melissa 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 15 years in a variety of areas including cardiothoracic surgery, employer based health promotion and screening, primary care and women's health. As the VUSN liaison for the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment (CELA), Dr. Glassford directs the simulation curriculum for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She also coordinates Advanced Pathophysiology, The Context of Primary Care and Clinical Decision Making for the Family Nurse Practitioner. Her current clinical practice is with West End Women's Health Center as part of the Vanderbilt 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

  • Standardized patient simulation in advanced practice education
  • Entrustable professional activities for nurse practitioner students
  • Diabetes self-management strategies

Academic Interests

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

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

Anthamatten, A., Pfieffer, M.L., Richmond, A., Glassford, M. (2019).  Exploring the Utility of Entrustable Professional Activities as a Framework to Enhance Nurse Practitioner Education. Nurse Educator, accepted.

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 

February 2018 "Maximizing Learning Opportunities for Family Nurse Practitioner Students in Simulation" American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Education Conference, Anaheim, CA

December 2018 "Exploring the Utility of Entrustable Professional Activities as a Framework to Enhance Nurse Practitioner Education" HPERD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

Clinical Practice

  • West End Women's Health Center

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners


  • Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship, 2015