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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.
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.Apart from being an author for many Atypical presentation for coronary artery disease Burns case study textbook, Heart Failure: Overcoming the physiologic dilemma through Evidence Based Practice, Myocardial Infarction: ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and Plavix resistance Acute & critical care nurse practitioner: Cases in diagnostic reasoning.
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.