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Joan Melzer

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Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information:

As a Catholic and native Kansan, I chose to complete my BA degree in Psychology at Kansas Newman College after graduating from St Francis Hospital School of Nursing diploma program. After approximately two years as a pediatric and obstetric nurse, I was offered a teaching position at St Francis Hospital School of Nursing. That position afforded me the opportunity to complete an Masters in Education and Nursing. Educating future nurses is a privilege and rewarding career that I have enjoyed for over forty years!


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
  • Women's Health
  • Childbirth education
  • Urgent Care Nursing- Ambulatory Care Setting
Research Interest:
  • Maternal Newborn Nursing
  • Women's Health Issues
Affiliations / Community Leadership:
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Kansas Chapter Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) leader and board member
  • Sigma Theta Tau international Iota Chi Chapter past-president and numerous board positions
  • Via Christi Board member appointed by Bishop Jackels and reappointed by Bishop Kemme CGFNS
  • Item writer and Item Review Panel in Philadelphia
  • PA for a six year period NCLEX (RN Licensure Exam)
  • Item writer for Pearson Vue in Chicago IL over the past six years
Recognition & Awards:
  • 2013 Faculty Excellence Award (Newman University)
  • Newman University Teaching Excellence Award
  • Civic Awards for Community Involvement