faculty profile

Melissa Lord   MSN, FNP-BC, 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.


  • 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

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