faculty profile

Melissa Lord   DNP, RN, CPN, CNE

Assistant Professor

Bio

Melissa Lord has 18 years of experience in the nursing profession, including 10 years in nursing education. Melissa Lord is an adult and pediatric acute care clinical instructor and seminar leader in the Pre-Specialty Program. She has extensive experience working in the pediatric acute care setting and has been a nurse educator at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.  Melissa Lord is also a Pre-Specialty academic advisor and serves as Vice President of the local Middle Tennessee Chapter Society of Pediatric Nurses. She also serves as the program co-coordinator and resource for the Healthy Outcomes Post-release Education (HOPE) program.  

Education

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Samford University (Nursing Administration and Nursing Education)
  • Belmont University: Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner)
  • Auburn University: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Certifications

  • Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)
  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Best practice for clinical instruction
  • Implementing EBP teaching/learning strategies in the Fundamentals of Nursing and Pediatric Nursing Curriculum
  • Quality Improvement
  • Decreasing the rate of opioid related overdoses in the acute time period after release from incarceration, specifically in the rural communities where resources are limited

Academic Interests

  • Adult Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing  
  • Legal and ethical accountability in professional nursing practice
  • Evidence based practice
  • Leadership and management in professional nursing practice

Representative Publications

Journals

Weaver, A., Lord, M. M., & Owen, L. A. (2019). Implementing an interactive skills day. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(3), 186. https://doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20190221-13

Representative Presentations

Regional

Hunt, J., & Lord, M. Reducing risk of opioid overdose though implementation of a re-entry program for female inmates prior to release. Poster presentation at Samford University's Evidence-Based Approaches to Nursing Administration, Practice, and Education Issues Conference, Birmingham, AL, May 2019.   

Hunt, J., & Lord, M. Reducing risk of opioid overdose though implementation of a re-entry program for female inmates prior to release. Presentation at Healthy Tennessee, Rounds with Dr. Manny, Working Together to Find Solutions to the Opioid Crisis, Manchester, TN, February 2019. 

Hunt, J., & Lord, M. Reducing risk of opioid overdose though implementation of a re-entry program for female inmates prior to release. Presentation at Tennessee Department of Health Region Five Meeting, Columbia, TN, January 2019.     

National

Lord, M., & Robbins, H. Mindfulness-based stress reduction: Promoting self-care among nursing students. Poster presentation presented at National Nurse Educator Summit, Orlando, FL, April 2017. 

Lord, M., Weaver, A., Galbreath, C., Harris, J., Hicks, J., Owen, L. A., & Andrews, S. Implementation of a pediatric focused skills orientation. Poster presentation presented at National Nurse Educator Summit, Nashville, TN, April 2016. 

International

Hunt, J., & Lord, M. Addressing the opioid crisis in rural communities by engaging incarcerated females in a re-entry program. Poster presentation presented at 45th Biennial Sigma Theta Tau International Convention, Washington, D.C., November 2019 

Hunt, J., Lord, M., & Buckner, E. Promoting adaptation in female inmates to reduce risk of opioid overdose post-release though HOPE. Podium presentation presented at Roy Adaptation Association International Conference and Workshops, Los Angeles, CA, June 2019.

Clinical Practice

  • Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing in Acute Care Setting
  • Pediatric Medical/Surgical Nursing in Acute Care Setting

Professional Organizations

  • American Nurses Association
  • Tennessee Nurses Association
  • Society of Pediatric Nursing
  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Iota Chapter

Honors/Awards

  • Recipient of the Gamma Eta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International Scholarship Award 
  • Recipient of the Iota Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International Scholarly Project Award 
  • Recipient of the Susan Pollock Award for the Roy Adaptation Association's 2019 International Conference and Workshops: 'Adaptation toward Transformation for the Future'. Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles, CA