Melissa Owen

Melissa Owen

Associate Professor, clinical track, Assistant Dean For Pre-Licensure Programs


Melissa Owen is an Associate Professor, clinical track, and joined the School of Nursing in 2012.  She earned a PhD in Nursing Science from Rush University in 2016, a Master of Nursing Science as an acute/ critical care clinical nurse specialist from Emory University in 2005, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The College of New Jersey in 2004.  She is currently the Assistant Dean for Pre-Licensure Programs and previously served as the Program Director for the Traditional BSN program. Dr. Owen's clinical and research areas of focus are on palliative care in patients with heart failure and heart transplant candidates.  She is actively involved in several professional organizations including the Heart Failure Society of America, the National League for Nursing, and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Areas of Expertise

Cardiovascular Health
Cardiovascular Health
Adult Health
Heart Transplantation
Heart Failure
Palliative Care
Cardiovascular Risk
Nclex Preparation
Deliberate Practice Simulation


Pak, V., Ferranti, E.,Duva, I., Owen, M., & B Dunbar,S. (2020). Role of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Improving DietQuality: Implications for Nurses. Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice,21(2), 62–70.

Owen, M. I., & Amar, A. F.(2020). An Introductory Nursing Class to Engage Undergraduate Generation ZPrenursing Students. Nurse Educator, 45(5), 233–235.

Owen, M. I., Braun, L. T.,Hamilton, R. J., Grady, K. L., Gary, R. A., & Quest, T. E. (2020).Palliative Care in Heart Transplantation. Progress in Transplantation, 30(2),144–146.

Coburn, C., Gilland, D., Owen, M.I., Amar, A. F. (2018).Ambulatory care education: Preparing nurses for the future of healthcare. Nurse Education Today, 66, 79-81.

Owen, M.I.,Braun, L.T., Hamilton, R.J., Grady, K.L., Gary, R.A., & Quest, T.E.  (2017). Weblogs: A complex source for qualitative research.  Journalof Cardiac Failure, 23(11), 826-827.

Owen, M.I., Garbett,M, Coburn, C.V., & Amar, A.F.  (2017)). Implementation of Deliberate Practice as   a Simulation Strategy in NursingEducation.   Nurse Educator, 42(6), 273-274.

Owen, M.I. (2017).  A case study scavenger hunt for seniornursing students.   Journal of Nursing Education, 56 (30), 191.  

Morris, A. A.,Kalogeropoulos, A. P., Zhao, L., Owen,M., Raja Laskar, S., David Vega, J., Butler, J. (2015). Race and ethnicdifferences in the epidemiology and risk factors for graft failure after hearttransplantation. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. 34(6), 825-831. doi:S1053-2498(14)01507-1.

Butler, J., Binney, Z.,Kalogeropoulos, A., Owen, M.,Clevenger, C., Gunter, D., . . . Quest, T.

(2015). Advance directivesamong hospitalized patients with heart failure. JACC: .Heart Failure, 3(2),112-121. doi:10.1016/j.jchf.2014.07.016.

Judkins-Cohn,T.M., Kielwasser-Withrow, L., Owen, M., & Ward, J.  (2014). Ethical principles of informedconsent: Exploring Nurses’ Dual Role of Care Provider and Researcher.  Journalof   Continuing Education in Nursing, 45(1),35-42. doi:10.3928/00220124-20131223-03


Dr. Owen teaches and advises primarily in the pre-licensure program.  She has taught across the curriculum in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.  Her goal in teaching is to help students develop critical thinking abilities and problem solving skills utilizing active learning strategies. Dr. Owen has developed and implement several courses including an Introductory course for pre-nursing students to a Professional Development course for senior nursing students. She currently coordinates a course on Palliative Care for pre-licensure students.  In addition, she provides guest lectures on transplantation, cardiac topics, and teaching in nursing.


Dr. Owen's clinical research area focuses on palliative care in patients with heart failure and heart transplant candidates, including symptoms and needs assessments.  She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.  Recently, she has also begun investigating mental health and stressors in nursing students, and improving resiliency.