Nursing Industry expert, Dr. Melissa Popovich, is Lead Faculty in the College of Health and Public Administration working on the development of the BSN completion program for Franklin University. Melissa’s previous role was the Director of Development for Kaplan University’s School of Nursing. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Capital University, Melissa began her professional nursing career at Columbus Children’s Hospital. During the four years she worked with the hospital, her efforts were focused around caring for children’s needs in the emergency department. After moving into the neonatal infant arena, in the critical care unit, Melissa diversified her professional nursing career with a move into adult Emergency medicine. Melissa practiced in the Adult Emergency Department for an additional five years and then returned to Capital University to pursue a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN legal focus). During this period of time, Melissa worked with a group of physicians to develop and implement a model for Chest Pain Centers. Melissa became solely responsible for training a field team at Merck on a registry called TRACS®, a data collection tool to evaluate care of the chest pain patient. The registry provided data utilized to improve the care of the cardiac patient as well as a data collection system to support a new cardiac drug.
Soon thereafter, in her position as a Director of Education, Melissa developed a series of policies and procedures for free standing clinics complying with both regulation and accreditation standards.
She then returned to the healthcare setting and accepted a management job at Trinity Healthcare. As the Manger of the ICU of this community hospital, Melissa was responsible for daily operations and balancing the budget for 31 full time employees. She initiated efforts to collaboratively team, internally, to improve patient outcomes by participating in quality patient care initiatives. One notable initiative was focused on the ventilator patient population. This initiative reduced the number of days a patient required ventilator support with the implementation of an evidence- based weaning protocol.
As new opportunities arose in this healthcare system, Melissa was offered a position with Trinity School of Nursing. As a nursing instructor, she was responsible for both course content development and direct clinical supervision. Melissa played an instrumental role with the NLNAC accreditation survey process, which led to reaccreditation.
Melissa’s passion to teach is evident within every role that she has held in the nursing arena. Her past as a Kaplan NCLEX instructor paved the path to a nomination for “Teacher of the year” in 2009.
Just establishing herself as an author, Melissa will have a piece published in an up and coming issue of a peer reviewed journal, Journal of Emergency Nursing. As a nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Melissa Popovich delivers various motivational, career building, and keynote speeches/workshops. Melissa currently resides in Ohio with her husband and two children.