faculty profile

Shelza Rivas   DNP, WHNP-BC, AGPCNP-BC

Instructor of Nursing


Dr. Rivas is a board certified women's health nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner. Her special interests include providing healthcare access and patient education to underserved Latino populations. Her volunteer activities include providing education on breast and cervical cancer screenings within diverse communities in Nashville. Her current practice site is at Vanderbilt Nurse-Midwives and Primary Care at Melrose where she provides women's health and primary care services to female patients across the lifespan.


  • DNP, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • BA, Vanderbilt University


  • National Certification Corporation, WHNP
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center, AGPCNP
  • State of Tennessee, Certification of Authority and Certificate to Prescribe

Professional Organizations

  • American Nurses Association/Tennessee Nurses Association
  • Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH)
  • National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)