Staten Island, N.Y. 10305
Education: St. Joseph Hill Academy, Staten Island, N.Y.
Graduated: June 1984, Received Diploma
St. Joseph Hill Academy, Staten Island, N.Y.
Graduated: June 1988, Received Regents Diploma
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, N.Y. 10314
Graduated: January 1992, January 2002
Degree: A.A.S. in Nursing
Degree: B.S. in Nursing January 2002
Degree: Master’s Science in Nursing May 2005 Family Nurse practitioner
From Wagner College
Awards: Scholarship for $500 for the Math Olympics given by the College of Staten Island
Nominated by the students for the Spirit of Nursing Award given by the Army and selected by the Faculty.
Received outstanding Leadership plaque from the Student Nurses Club for being Vice President from 1989-1990
Recipient of NYCRNA outstanding staff nurse award May 2, 2003
Recipient of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society Excellence in leadership award 2005.
Recipient of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
Excellence in leadership award 2008.
Activities: Vice President of the Student Nurses Club at CSI from 1989-1990
Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society April 2002
Served as chair to nominating committee chair of Sigma
Served as Treasurer of Sigma 2004 -2006
Served as President of Sigma 2006-2008
Served as a Board Member of New York Counties Registered Nurses Association from 2004-2006, member of legislative affairs committee and strategic planning committee
08/2010-present Owner/CEO Island Nurse Practitioner in Family Health, PLLC
1/2006- 3/4/2020 Curtis High School, Staten Island, N.Y.
Position: Clinical Instructor/Lecturer for nursing program
09/11/2013-4/11/2016 Compassionate Care Hospice
Position: Family Nurse Practitioner : saw pt.’s and evaluated them to see if they required hospice care and made house call visits, went to SNF’s, ALF’s.
08/08-08/2010 Started a Nurse Practitioner Practice was Co-owner and partner called Primary Care Nurse Practitioners of New York, PLLC
09/08-3/2009 Dr. Samuel Lupin MD PC
Position: Private practice in the office and on house call visits. Worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner
08/07-08/08 United Health Group/ Ever Care New York, N.Y.
Position: Family Nurse Practitioner responsible for providing healthcare to patients; diagnose, treat, prescribe, and complete the advance directives with families in presence of the social workers. Model for Evercare is to treat in place; have stabilized very acutely ill patients and have responded to emergency situations. Other skills include; computer skilled; experience with electronic record; computerized pharmacy; complete my own coding, care planning and assessments for each patient. Provided educational seminars using power point to staff/ facility. Experience with palliative care, end of life issues; death and dying; working with families and patients to sign advance directives. Management and coordination of their care is done by providing quality care, being compassionate and cost effective.
ANCC Board Certified until July 30, 2017: specialty: Family
2006- 2007 Stanley Kaplan, Staten Island, N.Y.
Position: NCLEX Instructor
5/97-11/06 Augustana Lutheran Nursing Home, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Position: Coordinator of Education/QI
Duties: Coordinator of Education/QI provided inservices for all staff; Worked with new nurses and orientees, inservice, orientation provided, worked as a nursing supervisor, compliant officer and did QI for the facility, ran the board meetings and scheduled them and other miscellaneous jobs. Also worked as a charger nurse, assisted the MDS coordinator and acted as PRI/ Case Assessor/ Screener.
1/01-2006 Tempcare Positions, N.Y. N.Y.
Position: School Nurse RN, Ambassador/ Nurse Recruitment
Duties: Work for the agency per Diem and receive assignments for all schools on Staten Island only
12/96-12/97 St.Teresa’s Motherhouse, Germantown, N.Y.
Duties: Received instruction on LTC, obtained CEU Credits from the Avila Institute of Gerontology. Performed domestic duties at Convent. Received instruction in theology, psychology, and spirituality classes.
5/94-4/97 St. Margaret Hall Nursing Home, Cincinnati, Ohio
Duties: Worked as a RN, assisted in nursing rehab, and administration.
5/94-4/97 Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm
Ferncliff Nursing Home
Duties: Worked as a RN in Adult Day Care. Rotations were done in nursing administration with the ADON, DON. I also worked closely with the administrator of the nursing home. I also worked in the nursing rehab. Department.
1/93-5/93 Hospital for Joint Disease, N.Y. N.Y.
Floor: Orthopedic Surgical Floor
1/92-12/93 Memorial Sloan Kettering Career Center, N.Y. N.Y.
Duties: Drew blood, started IV’s, documentation, teaching assessments, participated in full codes, assisted doctors with special procedures, e.g. bone marrow, LP, ommaya reservoirs.
6/88-6/01 Carmel Richmond Nursing Home, Staten Island, N.Y.
Position: Nurses Assistant
Duties: Administered medications and gave treatments to the patients.
Duties: Worked as a Geriatric Nurse on medical surgical floors.
References: Furnished upon request
Publications: Nursing Spectrum October 21, 2002 edition Vol. 14, No. 21
Article titled: High- Flying Nurses Cover Ground Down Under
Author: Melissa Lanza RN
Books: In My Presence by Melissa Lanza published in 2009 with Xlibris
Experience God’s Presence by Melissa Lanza published 2018 on amazon.com., b&n.com
Cavendish, R., Konecny, L., Luise, B., Lanza, M. (2003). Nurse’s use of prayer for performance enhancement. Holistic Journal of Nursing Practice Jan./ February 2004.
Cavendish, R., Russo, D., Mitzeliotis, C., Luise, B., Konecny, L., Lanza, M., Mc Partlan-Bajo, M. A. (2003). Identifying the spiritual care activities of nurses in the United States using the Nursing Intervention Classification. International Journal of Nursing Language and Classifications, December 2003.
Cavendish, R. Konecny, L. Naradovy, L Kraynyak Luise, B. Como, J., Okumakpeyi, P., Mitzeliotis, C., Lanza, M.(2006).Patient’s perceptions of spirituality and the nurse as a spiritual care provider. Holistic Nursing Practice Journal, Jan/Feb 2006.
Clinical Experience as a Nurse Practitioner Student:
Worked with Evercare in Silver Lake Nursing Home Staten Island and private practice with doctors.
Worked in Coumadin Center/ Pre admission Testing Staten Island University Hospital
Worked at Lutheran Medical Center clinics Women’s health, medicine, urology, pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology. Worked in Middle School treating adolescents with a PNP.
Worked in a pediatrician’s office on Staten Island, worked in Urgent care center also.