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Melissa Lord, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CPN



Melissa Lord received her BSN from Auburn University and her MSN from Belmont University.  She is a Family Nurse Practitioner focusing on pediatric nursing. She has extensive experience working in pediatric nursing in the acute care setting and has been a nurse educator for nursing staff at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. She currently teaches adult and pediatric acute care clinical in the prespecialty level at VUSN.


Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Improving clinical teaching
  • Pediatric Surgery and Adolescent Medicine


Current Clinical Activity

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


Professional Organizations

  • Society of Pediatric Nursing
  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing