Nancy Mele, DSN, RN
Methodist Healthcare Llewellyn Legacy Professor of Nursing
ACL Technology Fellow
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Dr. Mele’s program of research has focused on access to preventive health services
for women with disabilities. Her most recent work centers on the mammogram encounter
for women with full motor disability. Dr. Mele is also interested in accessible web
design and has recently published an accessible website to the World Wide Web. The
site promotes disability etiquette and will serve as a vehicle for data collection
in her program of research. Conjoint Analysis is a research methodology that has implications
for nursing. Dr. Mele recently published a methods manuscript in Nursing Research
on use of this research method in health care.
Mele, N., Archer, J., & Pusch, B.D. (2005). Access to breast cancer screening services
for women with disabilities. JOGNN, 34(3), 1-12.
Mele, N. (2008). Conjoint analysis: Market-based research model. Nursing Research, 57(3), 220-224.
Dr. Mele currently teaches Health Policy, a core course in the MSN program. She coordinates
the Education tract in the MSN program and teaches MCH I and MCH II. She engages and
challenges graduate students both online and in the classroom to analyze health systems
and policy, explore innovations in nursing education, and apply educational theory
to the role of the professional nurse educator in maternal-infant settings. Dr. Mele
is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center,
School of Pharmacy. In this role she helps guide doctoral students through their dissertation
Dr. Mele serves on the University’s Engaged Scholarship Committee and the Teaching
Learning Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Technology Integration Committee
in the Loewenberg School of Nursing and serves as the Chair of the Graduate Curriculum
Committee. Dr. Mele is an active member of Beta Theta Chapter-at-Large, Sigma Theta
Tau International. She serves the community through her work with the March of Dimes
Public Services and Public Policy committees.
Developing a Baby Friendly Curriculum for Pre-licensure Nursing Programs: Promoting
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Dr. Mele is married to Douglas, has two adult children, Lorin and Trysta, and two
fabulous grandsons. Simon, her platinum mink Tonkinese cat, rules the Mele household
with a soft paw.
When Dr. Mele is not at her computer you will most likely find her with a set of knitting
needles in her hands listening to an audio book on her iPod, sitting at her spinning
wheel, or hanging out at the local yarn shop teaching sock knitting classes. This
busy professional is passionate about the fiber arts.