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Medical Writer

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801, United States
October 17, 2016

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Melissa M. Prefontaine, DNS, RN, FCNS

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Over 25 years of healthcare experience in the areas of high-risk labor/delivery, perinatology, and forensic issues. Focus on education, patient care outcomes, evidence-based health care, and strategic development. Primary researcher, writer, and clinical editor on a wide array of health topics in the areas of obstetrics, neonatology, psychiatry, orthopedics, pediatrics, and gastroenterology, providing evidence-based clinical decision support for physicians, nurses, and interdisciplinary team members. Provider of forensic nurse consultation, expert witness testimony, and nursing expertise for legal firms and for media and/or educational development. Strong communication skills, excellent organizational skills. Prosperous in a challenging, fast-paced environment. Self-starter, ability to multi-task, and proficient at working remotely. Published in Maternity & Women’s Health Care Test Bank- 8th Edition by Mosby- an affiliate of Elsevier Science.


2012 Breyer State University, Los Angeles, CA

Doctorate of Nursing Science

Dissertation - The effects of written patient health education on the adherence to a dairy elimination diet for tertiary prevention of chronic otitis media

Concentration in patient education

2001 Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA

Masters of Science Nursing

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Forensics

Concentration in Women’s Healthcare

Thesis - The lived experience of domestic violence survivors who utilized “the system”

1991 Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH

Bachelors of Science Nursing

Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society for Nursing- 1990


2007- 2016 Zynx Health- a subsidiary of Hearst Multimedia, Los Angeles, CA Clinical Content Developer

Researcher/reviewer and clinical technical writer on various healthcare topics including obstetrics, neonatology, orthopedics, psychiatry, medical/surgical, ENT, pediatrics, and interdisciplinary care

Developer of referential and point-of care evidence based content used for clinical decision support, interdisciplinary order sets, and plans of care by multidisciplinary healthcare providers and health care institutions- utilized both in the United States and internationally

Primary researcher for various hospital management topics for quality improvement measures

Clinical triage for national guidelines on all clinical topics

Trainer for new employees

1993 - 2008 Independent Nurse Consultant


Legal Nurse Consultant- private practice malpractice/medico-legal consultation, risk management analysis, personal injury claims investigation, expert witness testimony

Content writer, reviewer, and editor- test bank writer, technical editor, medical editor for nursing/medical educational materials, nursing/medical expert for media/TV script review and taping

Provider of continuing education seminars on various women’s health and forensic topics including: Domestic Violence Awareness, Female Genital Mutilation, Chemical Castration, Evidential Injuries in the Pregnant Sexual Assault Victim, Diabetes in Pregnancy, Mandatory Reporting for Healthcare Providers

2002- 2005 Rivier College (now Rivier University), Nashua, NH Nursing Instructor

ASN Program Nursing Instructor

Developed first campus Student Nurse Association

Development of first campus nursing online courses; use of Blackboard

Provided interdisciplinary course offerings- taught Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice course in the Paralegal Department; developed Forensic Social Health course

Served as committee chair to several departmental groups

Clinical sites- Labor & Delivery, Medical/Surgical, Cardiac, Ortho, Psychiatric, Long Term Care/Rehab

1998 - 2002 Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, NH Staff/Charge Nurse

Level 2+ LDRP/NICU, maternal-child care from 27 weeks gestational age, infertility services, gynecological-surgical care

Implemented L&D teaching tool for novice nurses, novice nurse preceptor

Involved with implementation of domestic violence assessment tool

Continuing education provided to physicians and nurses on domestic violence assessment in pregnancy

Member of strategic planning committee

1995 - 2002 Procare Obstetrical Services, Santa Ana, CA Registry Nurse

L&D and LDRP nursing care on demand at various level facilities throughout greater Los Angeles area 1995 - 1998 Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier, CA Staff/Charge Nurse/Shift Supervisor

Level 2+ LDRP/NICU, infertility services

Responsible for scheduling of 100+ FTEs

Provided staff training for domestic violence assessment and reporting in accordance with mandatory state requirements

Clinical preceptor for novice nurses

1994 -1999 Forensic Nurse Specialists, Long Beach, CA Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner

Independent practitioner and self-contractor for Greater Long Beach and Los Angeles area

Founding member

Adult and child sexual assault nurse examiner

Provider of suspect exams, crime scene investigation, and domestic violence exams

Expert witness

1993 - 1994 Cigna Health Care, Los Alamitos, CA

Perinatal/OB Nursing Supervisor and interim Health Care Center Manager

High-risk OB patient care, antenatal testing, OB ultrasound, genetic counseling

Supervision, staffing, staff counseling, and disciplinary action for 40+FTEs (nursing)

Budget, financial analysis, strategic corporate planning and TQM measures

Interim Health Care Center Manager – hiring, firing, opening of 2 specialty areas

Development of policy and procedures

OSHA safety officer

Risk management and addressing patient complaints

Recipient of National Service Recognition Award

1991 - 1993 Long Beach Community Hospital, Long Beach, CA Staff/Charge Nurse

Level 3 LDR, county contracted facility

RN first assist- OB/GYN

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