Melissa Duprey

Melissa Duprey

Clinical Associate Professor / Master's of Science Program Director

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Curriculum Vitae



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2010Walden UniversityEdD
2006University of South AlabamaMSN
1997University of South FloridaBSN
1992Manatee Community CollegeASN




Online and Continuing Education Courses

A practicum/capstone experience designed to demonstrate synthesis, integration, and application of the student's accumulated knowledge and skills. The practicum provides students with the opportunity to implement components of the educator role and the direct care nursing role under the guidance of a preceptor.  Students select an education practice area for in-depth exploration and assessment of learner needs;  this includes the needs of diverse learners and populations. Focus is placed on   the development of a guided scholarly capstone project in nursing education practice based on theoretical knowledge, literature synthesis, proceeding through an implementation phase and concluding with an analytical outcome evaluation. The capstone project is supported by the integration of principles from multiple disciplines including education, business, and nursing and concludes with development of a final product.  

Focus on a) research and evidence based practice as a basis of professional nursing; b) synthesizing, evaluating and translating scientific evidence for nursing practice; and c) collaborating in the translation of evidence-based research activities. The course will assist students in identifying researchable problems that shape nursing practice. Components of the research process are examined.

Address concepts and theories of health care leadership including transformation, collaboration, and management. This course provides students the opportunity to examine the politics of organizations, explore authentic leadership and its influence on leading and following, and identify disruptive innovations and strategies to manage them in complex organizations. The course prepares students for practice in an expanded role to lead change in a variety of settings, including but not limited to hospitals.
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Promotion of health and nursing care for diverse individuals, families, and aggregates in the community. This course addresses population focused health promotion, and disease and injury prevention based on determinants of local, national, and global health including lifestyle, environmental, cultural, and genetic factors.
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Research interests

  • Simulation in Nursing Education
  • Student engagement
  • Clinical faculty preparation
  • Experiential teaching strategies
  • Novice faculty development

Select publications

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  • Gunberg-Ross, J., Silver-Dunker, K., Duprey, M., Parsons, T., Bartell, D. & Humphries, L. (2022).
    The Use of Simulation for Clinical Nursing Faculty Orientation: A Multisite Study
    Clinical Simulation in Nursing Journal, 63, 23-30.
  • Duprey, M. Dunker, K. & Whittaker, S. (2021).
    The use of auditory simulation in undergraduate nursing to promote empathy
    Nursing Education Perspectives
  • Duprey, M. & Dunker, K. (2019).
    Megacode Simulation Training in Undergraduate Nursing Education
    Nursing Education Perspectives, 42, 193-194.
  • Dunker, K., Duprey, M. & Ross, J. G. (2018).
    Simulation Strategies used in the Transition from Expert Clinician to Novice Educator
    Nursing Education Perspectives, 42, 63-64.
  • Duprey, M. (2016).
    The Use of Simulation Strategies: An Experiential Approach toward Improving Academic Achievement.
    Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository

Melissa D. Duprey began her journey in nursing at Manatee Community College where she received her ASN in 1992. She completed her BSN at the University of South Florida in 1997 and her MSN at the University of South Alabama in 2006. In 2010 she earned a Doctorate of Education from Walden University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor and serves as the graduate program coordinator for the Nurse Educator program at Worcester State University. Dr. Duprey is a certified nurse educator.

Prior to entering the faculty role, she worked in a variety of clinical settings including medsurg, surgical oncology, bone marrow transplant unit, cardiac intensive care, step down trauma unit and post anesthesia care unit. She been teaching in the academic setting for the past 16 years in a variety of academic institutions including a pre-licensure associate degree community college, pre-licensure bachelor degree private college, as well as graduate and DNP degree at a private university. Dr. Duprey has served as a graduate program coordinator at WSU
Dr. Duprey’ research is focused on simulation strategies in nursing education as an experiential approach toward enhancing student achievement in undergraduate students. Her most recent scholarship has focused on the use of simulation to prepare expert clinicians as they transition into novice nurse educators, as well as the use of simulation teaching strategies to train undergrad students. Further areas of expertise include strategies to enhance critical thinking skills and the use of innovative teaching strategies as a means of promoting student engagement and improving academic success and levels of confidence upon transitioning into actual clinical settings. She has presented her research at various conferences both regional and national, as both a podium and poster presenter and is published in the use of simulation. Additionally, Dr. Duprey serves as a journal reviewer for Nursing Forum Journal."

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