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Joan Melzer

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Associate Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing and Allied Health
316-942-4291 ext. 2268
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Office: E227

Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information:

Tenured faculty with over 30 years of teaching experience in BSN programs. Clinical experience as staff nurse, charge nurse, house supervisor, in-service educator and childbirth educator for Via Christi Hospitals. 2003, 2006-2009 served as RN Item Writer and on the Exam Review Committee for CGFNS in Philadelphia, PA. Selected by the NCSBN to serve as RN NCLEX Item Writer for Pearson/VUE in Chicago 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. BLS, ACLS and PALS certifications.


Wichita State University

MN (Nursing), 1979  


Kansas State University

MS (Education), 1977


Kansas Newman College

BA (Psychology), 1975


St Francis Hospital School of Nursing

Diploma (Nursing), 1970

Areas of Expertise:
  • Maternal-Newborn Nursing
Research Interest:
  • Maternal-Newborn Nursing
Affiliations / Community Leadership:
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
Recognition & Awards:
  • 2006 Kansas AWHONN "Nurse of the Year"
  • Award 2011 Tenure at Newman University
  • 2013 Faculty Excellence Award (Newman University)