Melissa Ann Rea, RN, MSN, CNS


  • Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • MSN, Adult Nursing, Indiana University, Indiana
  • BSN, University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana

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Melissa is an assistant professor in the Dunigan Family School of Nursing and focuses on medical–surgical nursing throughout the lifespan and community health. As a certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist, Melissa worked as an advanced practice nurse in geriatric primary care for 12 years at St. Mary’s Senior Care clinic. In 2007 she started her career in academia as an adjunct professor teaching clinical gerontology at the University of Southern Indiana. In 2009 she returned to her alma mater and began teaching at the University of Evansville first as an adjunct professor and then in January of 2010 as an assistant professor of nursing.

Melissa also teaches community classes and works with schools and daycares on managing life threatening food allergies in children. She is a coordinator of a support group for families affected by food allergies and works as a consultant for both St. Vincent Hospital and Deaconess Hospital in the Evansville, Indiana, area. Melissa has been invited to speak on food allergies to various groups, including the Indiana State Dietetics Association Conference and the Indiana Regional Dietetics Conference.

Outside of work, Melissa lives with her husband and three children in Newburgh, Indiana, and is actively involved in her church and teaches high school Sunday school classes.

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