"Why didn't they do this with us in the first place?" is the response I hear from students often. As an award-winning teacher, I have learned that good teaching enables students to use the skills and knowledge they already have to be successful. I approach teaching not by passively covering factoids, but by raising friendly questions. As we uncover small problem spots and fill those in, students find they can construct their learning on the spot. With the right guidance, my students find that their reasoning is far better than they had thought. I have written a number of tools which foster this type of thinking and use them with compassion and a little humor. Some of them include critical thinking questions for discussion; pharmacology frameworks to enable real understanding; application of relevant physiology so students can analyze and comprehend multiple clinical situations more easily; and coverage of difficult concepts such as fluid and electrolytes, arterial blood gases, endocrinology for nursing; nursing care plan construction, hemodynamics, and all medications. I have sufficient knowledge and expertise to cover many topics immediately, keeping it real for the student.
I am a registered nurse and have 41 years of experience in medical-surgical, psychiatric, community, Hospice, and home infusion nursing. I have taught nursing for the last ten years and have a proven track record with student success, because I show students what they really need to know: how to critically think and "connect the dots".
Lessons must be cancelled and acknowledged within 24 hours of scheduled time or full fee will be charged.
Melissa Davis DNP, RN
Ballston Spa, New York
Award-winning and engaging nurse educator who uses constructivist theory to write innovative and proven curricula to engage students. Utilizes adult learning theory and interactive teaching style to make learning meaningful. Highly skilled in motivating diverse, nontraditional adult students for optimized student learning outcomes. Specialty areas include nursing education, including teaching critical thinking; nursing leadership and evidence-based practice; community/population health, medical-surgical, and psychiatric nursing.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Nursing Leadership, Honors and SIgma Theta Tau Distinction
Aug, 2016 - May, 2019
Doctoral research focus on medication error prevention through construction of a learning curriculum for
registered nurses which employs systems and human factors thinking. Piloted intervention with improvement of pre- and post-testing score improvement of 74%.
Researched national Doctor of Nursing Practice program admission requirements; data utilized at New York State Deans and Directors Association for policy change advocacy.
Member Yale School of Nursing Curriculum Committee
Master of Science Nursing Education, Honors Distinction | Jan, 2012 - Dec, 2014
Degree received with 4.0 average and Sigma Theta Tau honors. Received Senator Patricia McGee Scholarship.
Professional Nursing Tutor | Dec, 2019 - Current
Design and delivery of in-person and remote nursing curricular content which augments and reinforces current coursework. Nursing "Summer School" pilot project initiated, which fortifes student competence with all nursing curricular areas both retroactively and proactively. Curricular examples include a battery of critical thinking questions to guide comprehension of content; construction of strong analogies, metaphors, visual tools, mnemonics and learning materials to facilitate understanding; practice question instruments, and games.
Teaching of underpinning concepts has proven to be a spectacular success for student achievement. Constructs used to develop curricula include Bloom's taxonomy and application of the nursing process, as well as an emphasis on nursing prevention knowledge and intervention.
Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing | Aug, 2019 - Current
Course Chair, Nursing Assessment and Transitions to Practice (senior baccalaureate undergraduate). Clinical and didactic instruction of baccalaureate registered nurse students; concept-based curriculum design, Flipped classroom. Traditional and online instruction. Student advisement.
Member, Nursing Curriculum Committee
Member, Nursing Testing and Evaluation Committee
RUSSELL SAGE COLLEGE
Professor of Nursing | Aug, 2018 - Jul, 2019
Course Chair, Community Health and Leadership in Nursing (senior baccalaureate undergraduate). Clinical and didactic instruction of baccalaureate registered nurse students; concept-based curriculum design, Flipped classroom. Traditional instruction with online elements. Student advisement.
Multimedia flipped classroom curriculum construction
Initiation of student community assessment/intervention, City of Troy, New York, through Rubin Community Fellows Grant. Initiation of innovative community health student clinical experiences
Introduction of systems thinking to curriculum.
ALBANY MEMORIAL COLLEGE OF NURSING
Course Chair, Nursing Fundamentals | Jun, 2015 - Aug, 2018
Clinical and didactic instruction of associate degree registered nursing students in medical-surgical, advanced medical-surgical, and fundamentals of nursing courses. Supervised four nursing adjunct personnel in the clinical environment.
Curriculum revision to include nursing assessment and nursing process
Multimedia, learner centered teaching methods engaged
Raised student scores on Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) instruments by 10% (from 1.54/3 to
Test revision and construction of over 400 NCLEX-style items
ST. PETER'S HEALTH PARTNERS NURSING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Coordinator, Patient Care Technician Orientation Program | Jun, 2013 - Jun, 2015
Constructed and delivered updated learning curriculum for newly employed patient care technicians. Oriented newly-employed registered nurses in didactic and clinical settings.
Introduced multimedia teaching modes with adult learning-centered focus. Recipient Association Nursing
Professional Development Excellence in Professional Development Educator/Facilitator Practice Award April 2015
Student course evaluation scores raised over 290% (
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