Melissa has been with the Lovelace UNM Rehabilitation Hospital (LURH) for eight years, serving as nurse manager for the past four years. She has been instrumental in nurse recruitment and retention efforts while overseeing a team of 75+ RNs, LPNs, patient care technicians and unit clerks. Having worked closely with senior leadership and the quality team, she has assisted in multiple Quality Improvement Plans and helped develop robust interdisciplinary programs. Melissa completed her bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) at New Mexico Highland University and is currently pursuing her master of science in nursing (MSN) from Chamberlain University. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, New Mexico Nurses Association and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.