Paulson-Conger, Melissa

Dr. Melissa Paulson-Conger

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Educational Background

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Loyola University Chicago
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Health), University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Certifications:
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist Board Certified (CNS-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center
    • Six Sigma Green Belt, American Society for Quality
    • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, American Heart Association

Professional Experience
Dr. Melissa Paulson-Conger is an instructor of Change Leadership in Healthcare in the Master of Science in Organizational Change Leadership program at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

She has over twenty-one years of professional nursing experience. Nine years as staff nurse, experienced with multiple age groups and in many specialties including neuroscience, emergency, and internal medicine. Six years in leadership and management positions, experienced in the outpatient General Clinical Research Center (GCRC), inpatient orthopedic unit, and outpatient cast room. Over six years of experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a Neuroscience Inpatient Program. The program covers neuroscience intensive care unit, neurology, neurosurgery, neuroscience and general rehabilitation, and spinal cord injury center. Responsible for improving programs of care outcomes by providing clinical expertise to patients and nursing staff, managing change within a complex environment, and implementing cost-effective improvements within the health care organization.  She is a member of numerous professional organizations that include National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists American Nurses Association/Wisconsin Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International (Eta Nu and Alpha Beta Chapters), American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals.

Personal Information
Past times include traveling, sailing on Lake Michigan, photography, reading, running, spending time with family, and generally being outside and enjoying nature. Tips to be a successful graduate student and distance education leadership student are communication, organization, and dedication – you will only get out of the course what you put into it. 

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi.

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