Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, Outreach and Practice Innovation
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing
Melissa Craft PhD ARPN-CNS AOCN FCNS FAAN is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist who is an Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Outreach and Practice Innovation in the OUHSC Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing. In addition to teaching and administration, Dr. Craft has a busy research program which focuses on storytelling to help people who are dealing with critical life events such as dealing with cancer. Melissa has served as Co-Chair of the Research Committee for the Interprofessional Educators and Practitioners Association IEPA for the several years and serves as a faculty sponsor for Unity Clinic.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

Lightning Talk Description: The people of Afghanistan have endured countless humanitarian challenges over the years. In 2021, approximately 1,000 Afghan refugees were relocated to Oklahoma City within a six-month timeframe. These new refugees arrived with numerous complex health conditions including late term pregnancies. Teams comprised of faculty, staff, administration, and students from OU Health and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center established an interprofessional workgroup. The goal of the workgroup was to identify issues and implement solutions by fostering…
Lightning Talk Description: Interprofessional education has gained significant attention and presents an opportunity to enhance the academy through a team-based approach. While compelling global evidence supports the theory and necessity of improved interprofessional collaboration in education, implementing Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) across professions requires deliberate and strategic efforts. Faculty development initiatives have started to bridge the gap between educators who were trained separately and the teams they currently lead. Although there is a growing body of…