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Melissa Bouws

Assistant Professor

Room 1138 of Science Center
616-395-7423 (office)
616-395-7163 (fax)


  • PhD- University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • MSN-Michigan State University 2007
  • BSN- Hope College: Hope-Calvin Department of Nursing–1995


  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Oncology
  • Gerontology
  • Nursing Education

Professional Experience:

  • Staff Nurse, 2004-2008, PerDiem RN: Lacks Cancer Center Saint Mary's Hospital
  • Staff Nurse, 1999-2004, Clinical Staffing Center Saint Mary's Hospital
  • Center Coordinator, 1999-2001, Response Oncology IMPACT Center of Grand Rapids Outpatient Stem Cell Transplant Center
  • Staff Nurse, 1995-1999, Oncology Unit Saint Mary's Hospital

Academic Experience:

Assistant Professor: University of Detroit Mercy McAuley School of Nursing: Grand Rapids Campus at Aquinas College (2007-2012)

Adjunct Faculty for Adult Health: Hope College Department of Nursing (2005-2006)


  • The Experience of Transition from Nurse Faculty to Dean: Exploring the Meaning and Significance-Poster Presentation, 2012 MNRS Annual Research Conference-Dearborn, Michigan-April 2012
  • Role Transition from Expert Clinician to Novice Educator:A Concept Analysis-Poster Presentation, Sigma Theta Tau: Kappa Epsilon at-Large Chapter-Spring Scholarship Celebration-March 2011
  • From Nursing Student to RN:Saint Mary's Health Care, Grand Rapids, Michigan-Graduate Nurse Internship Presentation on Role Transition-July 2010
  • Use of HANDS in Clinical Practice:University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan-Faculty in-service on implementation of the QSEN component of technology in the classroom by use of online care planning-May 2010
  • QSEN Safety Implementation:University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, Michigan-Faculty in-service on implementation of QSEN component of safety in course syllabi-December 2009
  • High Dose Chemotherapy with Stem Cell Support:Spectrum Butterworth Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan-Oncology Staff in-service-September 2000
  • High Dose Chemotherapy with Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant Support:DeVos Women and Children's Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan-Staff Nurse Chemotherapy Class-May 2000
    Rehabilitation Nursing Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan


  • Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Epsilon Chaper (2013), $1300.00


  • PhD Dissertation Award from the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Nursing. (2012). "The Lived Expierence of the Novice Nursing Dean: Exploring the Meaning and Signifcance." $1,000.

Professional Interests:

  • Nursing Education
  • Transitions and Identify Theories in Nursing
  • Nurse Transitions
  • Oncology Med-Surg
  • Gerontology
  • Qualitative Nursing Research


  • Midwest Nursing Reseach Society (2011-Present)
  • Transcultural Nursing Society (October 2007-2010)
  • Sigma Theta Tau, National Honor Society of Nursing, Kappa Epsilon Chapter (2007-Present)