Sheila Melander PhD, APRN-BC, FCCM, FAANP, FAAN
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 the Associate Dean of MSN and DNP Faculty and Practice Affairs at the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Melander is well known for DNP curricular work as well as policy statements developed while she served as President and President-elect 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 2012 and was a member of the work committee that established the 2012 and 2016 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 multi-organizational white paper addressing nurse practitioner employment, which is being used across the US 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 masters-level ACNP programs in the US.  Dr. Melander has practiced for more than 16 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, CA, she was one of the first practitioners to be involved with advanced genetic counseling for cardiovascular disease treatment and prevention.  She is focusing her recent efforts towards tele-health in the acute care area and high fidelity simulation.  Dr. Melander is a fellow in the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as the American Academy of Nursing.

Contact Information

Phone: (859) 323-0055

Fax: (859) 323-1057


Office: 521 College of Nursing


Post Doctorate ACNP, Vanderbilt University, 1999
PhD, University of Alabama, 1990
MSN, University of Evansville, 1988
BSN, University 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