faculty profile

Melissa Lord   DNP, RN, CPN

Instructor in Nursing


Melissa Lord is a clinical instructor in the Pre-Specialty Program at VUSN. She has extensive experience working in pediatric nursing in the acute care setting and has been a nurse educator for nursing staff at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (MCJCHV). She currently teaches adult and pediatric acute care clinical in the PreSpecialty level.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Samford University
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Belmont University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Auburn University


  • Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Improving Clinical Teaching 
  • Nursing Education Research 
  • Quality Improvement

Academic Interests

  • Pediatrics 
  • Adult Health 
  • Post-Operative Care

Representative Presentations

Poster Presentation: Reducing Risk of Opioid Overdose through Implementation of a Re-entry Program for Female Inmates Prior to Release. Samford University. May 2019.  Recipient of the Gamma Eta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International Scholarship Award and Iota Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International Scholarly Project Award.

Clinical Practice

  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • 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