Melanie Summerour MN, ARNP
After graduating from PLU as an RN, I worked in in-patient pediatrics for 3 years before returning to graduate school. I have been practicing as a pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care since 1992. I provide health care for patients from birth to 18 years, and treat a variety of acute and chronic conditions in addition to health maintenance. For several years, I was also involved in the Nutrition and Growth Problems Clinic, which provided a team approach for children with Failure to Thrive. I have always loved kids, and enjoy the opportunity to be involved with my patients and their loved ones, through the course of their young lives. Preventive care is important to me, including good nutrition, exercise, immunizations, and emotional support. I became an educator to help prepare others for this opportunity in their own lives. My goals for teaching are to help students learn to provide the best possible care for their patients, to remember to enjoy the children and families they work with, and to advocate for the needs of their families.
What classes do you teach?
Child Management I: Actue Conditions: NURS 518; Pediatric Case Studies: NSG 560; Pediatric Pharmacology: NSG 566; Child Management II: Chronic Conditions: NURS 500; Advanced Health Assessment: NCLIN 500; Advanced Clinical Practicum series: NCLIN 516, NCLIN 517, NCLIN 518.
I primarily teach in the PNP program, including some courses for FNPs, but I have also taught some undergrad nursing and pre-nursing courses.
- 1987 BSN, Pacific Lutheran University School of Nursing
- 1991 MN, Nell Hodgson School of Nursing, Emory University: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist Program
What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?
The UW school of nursing is a wonderful place to teach. The environment is intellectually stimulating and faculty members are engaged and energetic. UW SON students are hard-working and eager to learn.