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Melissa E. Gainey

Instructor of Nursing

At the center of my teaching philosophy is thoughtful preparation of future nurses and the safety and welfare of recipients of their care. My guiding tenets are Adult Learning Theory and Motivational Theory. First, I assess prior knowledge and experiences and ask students of their goals and expectations for the class. Second, I assess their level of motivation to achieve by fostering a caring and supportive environment conducive to student retention.”

Ms. Melissa E. Gainey is a nursing instructor at FSC College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She received her MSN from the University of Phoenix College of Nursing after a Juris Doctor from Barry University School of Law. Although Ms. Gainey is comfortable with clinical and didactic mental health instruction, she also has taught a variety of pre-licensure nursing courses. In addition to teaching, Ms. Gainey enjoys reading and writing for pleasure and fresh-water fishing. She is currently involved in the Florida Student Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is in active pursuit of the designation as Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), a mark of nursing education excellence and professionalism. Ms. Gainey resides in Lakeland, Florida with two Main Coons, Gabbie and Princess.

Melissa enjoys fishing, reading and scavenger hunts at thrift stores.


University of Phoenix, Tampa, FL, Masters of Science in Nursing
Barry University School of Law, Orlando, FL, Juris Doctor
University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Sante Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL, Associate Degree in Nursing

Honors and Awards

  • Cambridge Who’s Who of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs, 2009.
  • Excellence in Learning Award, presented by faculty from Argosy University October 2008.
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, South University June 26, 2008

Publications and Exhibitions

Precepting the Pre-Licensure Nursing Student: Some Legal Considerations, Authors: Melissa Gainey, RN, MSN, JD., & Suzanne Edgett Collins, RN; MPH, JD, PhD. The Florida Nurse, June 2009, Vol. 57(2), p. 25.