faculty profile

K. Melissa Smith   DNP, ANP-BC, CHFN

Instructor in Nursing

Bio

Dr. Smith is an Instructor of Nursing in the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Program.  Dr. Smith sees general cardiology and heart failure patients twice a week at The Heart Center at Meharry which provides comprehensive cardiac care to the underserved urban community in Nashville, TN. She started teaching on an as needed basis for the school of nursing in 2000 and became full time faculty in 2008. Dr. Smith has taught in the pre-specialty program as well as the acute care program. Her interests include transitioning heart failure patients from the hospital to home, as well as literacy appropriate heart failure education tools. Chronic disease management of the heart failure patient as well as heart failure education is Dr. Smith?s area of expertise.


Education

  • DNP, Duke University School of Nursing
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • BSN, Harding University

Representative Publications

Journals

Smith, K. Melissa (2016) ?Creating a Successful Heart Failure Journal Club? The Connection: The Official Newsletter of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. Issue 46 Winter 2016

Smith, K. M., Lutenbacher, M., & McClure, N. (2015). Leveraging Resources to Improve Clinical Outcomes and Teach Transitional Care Through Development of Academic-Clinical Partnerships. Nurse Educator, 40(6), 303-207. 10.1097/nne.0000000000000166

Smith, K. Melissa., & Squiers, Joshua. (2013). Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: an overview. Critical Care Nurse Clinics of North America, 25(2), 263-272. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2013.02.011

Smith, K Melissa (2010) ?Case Study Heart Failure and Ischemic Heart Disease?. The Connection: The Official Newsletter of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. Issue 23 Fall 2010.


Professional Organizations

  • Tennessee Nurses Association
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • Sigma Theta Tau-Iota Chapter
  • American Association of Heart Failure Nurses
  • Middle Tennessee Heart Failure Journal Club, founding member (local) 
  • Appointed to serve on a task force for the Tennessee Division of Health Care Finance and Administration (TennCare) in a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for Acute CHF September 2015-Present
  • Area Representative Committee: American Association of Heart Failure Nurses  August 2014-Present
  • Student Admissions and Academic Affairs Committee: Vanderbilt University School of Nursing August 2014-Present
  • Annual Meeting Planning Committee: Member for American Association of Heart Failure Nurses July 2004 through July 2006