Melody Norris Waller MSN, RN
920 Madison Ave, #1013
Memphis, TN 38163
Melody Norris Waller, RN-to-BSN option coordinator and instructor for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2001,her Master's of Science in Nursing focusing on Nursing Education with a concentration in Maternal-Child Health from the University of Memphis in 2009, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science degree from UTHSC in 2016. Dr. Waller's research efforts have been directed toward women’s health and improving the sexual and reproductive health status of African American women. Her work has also focused on utilizing progressive education strategies in both Gerontological and Maternal Child Health Nursing.
Dr. Waller joined the faculty of the College of Nursing in October of 2009. Her experience within the nursing profession includes work in the areas of obstetrics and maternity nursing, and maternal-fetal, cardiac and kidney transplant research. Dr. Waller's teaching responsibilities include providing both clinical and didactic instruction within the BSN/MSN program.
Areas of teaching focus include Medication Safety in Healthcare, Maternal Child Nursing, Senior Synthesis Seminar, Health of Populations, and Introduction to Evidence Based Practice. She has also instructed first year nursing students in skills lab and holds growing interest in simulation. Her honors include receiving the Student Government Association Executive Council Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011 and 2013 and the Johnson & Johnson/American Association of Colleges of Nursing Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship Award in 2013 & 2014.
Dr. Waller is a proud member of Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Sothern Nursing Research Society, University of Memphis Alumni Association. She currently serves as the Vice-president elect for the local Sigma Theta Tau International Beta-Theta-At-Large Chapter and Co-chair elect for the Minority Health Research Interest Group (RIG) of the Southern Nursing Research Society.