Melanie Michael, DNP

Associate Professor
Graduate Nursing Program Director

Dr. Michael’s teaching is guided by the theories and works of Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon in the area of active learning and the proposition that “Learning results from what the student does and thinks and only from what the student does and thinks. The teacher can only advance learning by influencing what the student does to learn,” (as quoted in Ambrose, S.A., et al. 2010).

- Melanie Michael

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Melanie Michael

building is Blanton Nursing - room is 124
Phone 863.680.5062



Dr. Michael is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Nursing Programs in the Florida Southern College School of Nursing and Health Sciences. She has earned a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education from the University of South Florida and a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from the University of Florida. Dr. Michael is a Family Nurse Practitioner with national certification in family practice. She also holds the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality credential and is a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice. In her current role as an Associate Professor at FSC she teaches courses in pharmacology and evidence-based practice. In her role as Director of Graduate Nursing Programs, she serves as a liaison to faculty, staff, students, and members of the School’s leadership and administrative teams. Dr. Michael has extensive experience in primary health care delivery and health care administration. Between 2007 and 2012 she served as the Director of Clinical and Community Health Services for the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County and the Community Health Center of North Port, Inc. Since 2008, Dr. Michael has authored or co-authored numerous grant applications which collectively have yielded more than $12 million in funding to support primary care for medically underserved populations. Her current interests include clinical prevention and population health, nursing education, healthcare quality improvement, health operations and systems performance, and health care access.


Dr. Michael's hobbies and outside interests include cooking and raising orchids and roses.


University of South Florida Tampa, FL, Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education, 2012

University of Florida Gainesville, FL, Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2011

University of South Florida Tampa, FL, Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner, 2002

Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1982

Honors and Awards

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2014-Present  Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow  National Academies of Practice 
2013-Present  TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer  University of South Florida 
2012-Present  Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality Healthcare Quality Certification Commission / National Association for Healthcare Quality
2003-Present  Family Nurse Practitioner (F1103338)  American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Publications and Exhibitions

Michael, M., & Clochesy, J. (2015) From scientific discovery to health outcomes: A synergistic model of doctoral nursing education. Nurse Education Today, 40, 84-86. doi:

Michael, M., Schaffer, S.D., Egan, P.L., Little, B.B., & Pritchard, P.S. (2013). Improving wait times and patient satisfaction in primary care [DNP project]. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 35(2), 50-60. doi:

Malloy, C., Little, B.B., & Michael, M. (2013) Improving wait times in primary care using the Dartmouth Microsystem Improvement Curriculum. Journal of Nursing Care Quality (28)3, 250-256. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e7aec

Hirschberg, M., Michael, M., Pasaron, R., & Pedulla, M. (2010). Clinical problem-solving forum: Spontaneous pneumothorax. Sutureline: Journal of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, 18(5), 1-20.

Michael, M. (2003). Recognizing and managing celiac disease in primary care. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 15(3), 108-114. doi: