About Melynda

To be a nurse was my dream as a young girl. Forty years have passed and I continue to live that young girl’s dream. Nursing has provided me everything I ever dreamed of, and more. I have been fortunate to do the work I love to do. Helping people to heal and to awaken to their own healing abilities is a privilege and joy that I experience every time I sit with and provide care for someone. My clinical background includes a cardiac specialty, critical care nursing, emergency room nursing, consulting, development and management of critical care transport programs and cardiac rehabilitation programs throughout CA. I am passionate about education in nursing. I am a holistic nurse well-grounded in energy medicine, coaching, health and wellness. I have taught in all levels of nursing education, including Associate Degree (ADN) programs, BSN, MSN and LVN to RN Bridge Programs.

During my career I have witnessed the nursing profession transition in both positive and not so positive ways. Positively, nurses have gained more of an active presence in the health care field. Today, more than ever before, nurses are pursuing higher degrees such as Nurse Practitioners (RNP), Bachelor’s (BSN) degrees, Master’s (MSN) degrees and onto Ph.D and DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice). The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health” that recommends supporting new nurse’s transition to practice (Institute of Medicine, 2011). The IOM (2011) calls for state boards of nursing to collaborate with professional associations and accrediting bodies to support NRPs in addition to delegating funds from federal programs and services such as Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Combining my background and experience in clinical nursing and nursing education, I am able to mentor and provide the nursing student and the new graduate with the necessary tools to equip them to become a safe, competent and confident nurse. The California Institute for Nursing & Health Care (CINHC, 2010) stated that the new graduate registered nurse (NGRN) is in need of mentoring and support from the veteran RN to transition safely from academia to practice and maintain interest in nursing employment. I am committed to the profession of nursing and the future of nursing that begins with me. My commitment is to mentor and guide the new nurse with expertise and compassion to be able to step into the shoes of the experienced generation of nurses soon expected to exit. Today’s Nursing Student and New Graduate RN is the future of Nursing.

Education
Master of Science in Nursing Educ.        Chamberlain College of Nursing    MSN 2010
Graduated with Honors

Bachelor of Science in Nursing    Holy Names University, Oakland, CA         BSN/PHN 1999
Associate Degree in Nursing        Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA    ADN 06/1978
License
Registered Nurse, California #293915
Public Health Nurse Certificate