Melissa Bennett, DNP

Instructional Faculty,
Department of Nursing

I've been a nurse for over 30 years focusing primarily in the long term and long term acute care arena due to my love for geriatrics!  I am passionate about developing nurse leaders and supporting professional growth.  I am active as a member of our parish advisory council and am an appraiser for Pathways to Excellence through ANCC.

Personally, my husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2020.  We have three adult children, one of whom is a BSN almost MSN/ MBA nurse with one grandson and one granddaughter!  We have a daughter in the United States Air Force, stationed in Oklahoma, and our son is expecting to graduate with his PhD from Berkeley in May 2020.

I love to garden, read, waterski, cook and workout!  My favorite workouts are HIIT, Tabata and Sculpting.

Education

  • Doctorate in Nursing
    Wright State University
  • Master's in Nursing
    Ohio State University
  • Bachelor's in Nursing
    Ohio State University

Research Interests

End of life decision making / Advance Directives / Advance Care Planning

Program Affiliations

Ed.D. in Nursing Education Doctor of Education

The Doctorate in Nursing Education is for master’s degree nurses who want to help address the growing need for more RNs in today’s ever-expanding healthcare system. The American College of Education Ed.D in Nursing Education program is a fully online curriculum to prepare nurses as educators in either an academic or professional development setting. The program uses a unique interdisciplinary approach to focus on the science of teaching and learning. Students will engage in scholarly research to support their dissertation while developing the competencies to create and evaluate curriculum, develop effective teaching strategies, use innovative technology to promote learning and much more as they prepare to educate the next generation of nurses.

64

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Ed.S. in Nursing Education Educational Specialist

This program is perfect for nurses who want to advance their knowledge in nursing education beyond a master’s degree without completing a dissertation. It’s also stackable, if you decide after completing the Ed.S. program that you would like to continue and complete an Ed.D. program with a dissertation. This means that you can apply your Ed.S. credits to the Ed.D. in Nursing Education and complete that program in just 37 credits.

34

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BSN to MSN Master of Science

Earning your Master’s in Nursing means you’re ready to become a leader in the healthcare field. If you’re a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, this is the next step on the path to be a nurse educator or nurse manager. With an MSN from ACE, students gain greater knowledge and expertise, potential for career advancement or extension through a different role, and more variety in career options.

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RN to MSN Master of Science

Turn your RN into an MSN with this accelerated program that also allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree on the way to your master’s. Designed to help you excel in evidence-based decision making, informatics, global perspectives and innovative thinking, this program prepares graduates to serve in educational or administrative roles in nursing.

55

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RN to BSN Bachelor of Science

Earning a BSN means you’ll have advanced nursing knowledge and expanded professional skills to excel in a global and increasingly complex healthcare system. Nurses with a BSN qualify for more jobs and earn higher salaries than associate degree nurses.

30

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Certificate in Nursing Education and Simulation Certificate

If you’re a new nurse educator – or thinking about becoming one – this is the program for you. This graduate-level certificate will prepare you to teach using the latest simulation tools that replicate patient care scenarios. You’ll also explore ways to prepare, design, implement and evaluate teaching strategies that are the right fit for your students.

15

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Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management Certificate

Are you a nurse with your eye on a leadership role? Are you a new nursing manager or director and want to enhance your skills and marketability? If nursing leadership is your goal, this is the program for you. This graduate-level certificate program will prepare you for the challenges you’ll face as a leader in today’s complex and demanding healthcare environment. Discover how to model leadership that reflects ethical and critical decision-making, collaborative relationships, responsible fiscal stewardship, and principles of quality improvement.

15

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Micro-Credential in Simulation in Healthcare Micro-Credential

The Simulation in Healthcare credential will provide healthcare educators with competencies necessary to design, implement, and evaluate teaching strategies and curriculum in on-ground, online, and clinical practice settings. The course series will advance competencies in the use of technology and simulation to foster optimal learner outcomes.

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