Professor, Associate Dean of MSN & DNP Faculty Affairs & Practice

Dr. Melander is a nationally known adult-gerontological acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) leader. She is currently serving a two-year term as president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. She was involved in the revision of the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Scope and Standards document in 2006 and was a member of the work committee that established the 2012 Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Competencies. She also led the development of the Statement on Acute Care and Primary Care Certified Nurse Practitioners. Additionally she facilitated the development of a second multiorganizational white paper addressing nurse practitioner employment, which is being used across the U.S. in both primary and acute care settings. Funded with a grant from the University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dr. Melander started and taught in one of the earliest master’s-level ACNP tracks in the U.S. In 2003 she was recruited to the University of Tennessee College of Nursing to teach in the ACNP Track, where she taught at both the master’s and doctoral levels. Since 2003 she has been involved in high-fidelity simulation to maximize student learning. Dr. Melander has practiced for more than 12 years as a cardiovascular ACNP specialist in both hospital and office settings. She was the first certified ACNP to practice in the Owensboro/Daviess County, Ky., area. While practicing at Sandra Fallon Cardiology in Santa Monica, Calif., she was one of the first practitioners to be involved with advanced genetic counseling for cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention. She is a fellow in the Society of Critical Care Medicine as well as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 323-0055

Fax: (859) 323-1057


Office: 539 College of Nursing Building


Post Doctorate Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Vanderbilt University, 1999
PhD, Univ Of Alabama-Univ College, 1990
MSN, Univ Of Evansville, 1988
BSN, Univ Of Evansville, 1985


Cardiology, interventional and genetic markers for prevention and advanced treatment of lipid management and vascular disease; DNP education and models for delivery of adult gerontological acute care nurse practitioner as well as distance education model


Dr. Sheila Melander's CV


Melander, S. D. Atypical Cardiac presentation for coronary artery disease Burns case study textbook. (2016), McGraw Hill Publishing

Melander, S. D. Heart Failure: Overcoming the physiologic dilemma through Evidence Based Practice. (2016), Nursing Clinics of North America 51 (1), 13-27.

Melander, S. D. Myocardial Infarction: ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and Plavix resistance Acute & critical care nurse practitioner: Cases in diagnostic reasoning. (2016), McGraw Hill (1), Chapter 45.

Melander, S. D. White Paper; Benefits of Faculty Practice Partnerships. (2016), NONPF

Patil, R. Melander, S. D. Post-operative Complications and Emergency Care for the Bariatric Surgical Patient. (2015), MEDSURG Nursing 24 (4), 243-248, 265.


Melander, S. D. 2017, June. NP Professional Development. National Primary Care Conference, Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE), Falmouth, MA .

Melander, S. D. 2017, June. Managing Acute Care NP Programs: Preceptor Recruitment, Retainment and Incentives. AANP 2017 National Conference, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Philadelphia, PA .

Melander, S. D. 2017, April. LACE Panel discussion. NONPF 43rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC .

Melander, S. D. 2017, April. Lesson’s Learned: Academic and Practice Partnerships in Nurse Practitioner Education. NONPF 43rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC .

Melander, S. D. 2016, October. Academic-Practice Partnerships: The DNP Bridge to a Shared Vision for Healthcare’s Future. 2016 DNP Summit, University of Rochester School of Nursing, Rochester, NY .