Department of Nursing and Health Professions

Melinda Luther

Associate Professor

  • DNP, Regis College
  • MS, Boston College
  • BSN, Syracuse University

Specialties

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Community and Global Health
  • Informatics
  • Nursing Education
  • Leadership
  • Nursing Research

Background

Dr. Luther has been a registered nurse for more than thirty-five years. Her initial nursing career focused on children and families, with her working as a nurse practitioner for fifteen years. She is especially interested in nursing informatics, research related to educational effectiveness, how technology can improve the quality of patient care, and how to maximize technological interventions in an educational setting.

Dr. Luther has taught in both pre-licensure undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She has experience in curriculum development, classroom teaching, online instruction, clinical instruction, and simulation. She has worked on accreditation report preparation, served as a consultant and site visitor, and has experience as a program manager, department chair, and Associate Dean.

Dr. Luther was selected as a Jonas Nurse Leader scholar, served as an ACEN peer evaluator, and is a member of the Evaluation Review Panel. She is also the chair of the Rivier Institutional Review Board, provides coordination for the MS Leadership Track program, and serves as part of Rivier’s local chapter of Sigma, the honor society of nursing.

Recent Publications and Proceedings

  • Faculty Development Workshop: Appraising Informatics Competencies in Courses and Programs Faculty Workshop, Saint Joseph School of Nursing February 21, 2018
  • Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation – New Hampshire New Hampshire Action Coalition Annual Summit (podium presentation). January 9, 2018
  • TIGER VLE Adoption Story: Mini-Byte Modules Directed at Informatics Competency Attainment in Nurse Educators Webinar, TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (live and recorded event), HIMSS August 1, 2017
  • Effectiveness of Mini-Byte Education Modules on Informatics Competency Attainment in Nurse Educators Poster Presentation, 25th Annual Nurse Educators Conference June 1-2, 2017 Saint Anselm College, Clinicians and Educators: Collaborating to Meet Practice Changes
  • Informatics Competencies: Use of Mini-Byte Modules to Bridge the Gap between Academia and Practice Epsilon Tau at Large Nursing Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International April 19, 2017 Spotlight on Scholarship (podium presentation)
  • Effectiveness of Mini-Byte Education Modules on Informatics Competency Attainment in Nurse Educators Poster Presentation, The DNP Changing the World Stage, Case Western Reserve August 2016

Courses Taught

  • NSG 330 Nursing Research
  • NSG 458 Nursing Capstone
  • NSG 550 Curriculum Development
  • NSG 552 Technology in Nursing Education
  • NSG 601 Quality Improvement in Healthcare
  • NSG 606 Research Capstone Advisement
  • NSG 615 Concepts of Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators