University of Nebraska Medical Center

Melissa Florell, PhD, RN

Chair, General Faculty Organization
Assistant Professor, UNMC College of Nursing


Melissa Florell joined the UNMC-CON faculty in 2018. She received her Master of Science, Nursing with an emphasis in Policy, Management, and Leadership from Yale University in 2010 and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNMC in 2003. Melissa is a PhD student at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She is a native of rural, northeast Nebraska and is passionate about rural health and nurse engagement in health policy development.
  • 2003, BSN, UNMC
  • 2010, MSN, Yale University
  • 2023, PhD, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
Research Interests
  • Rural stakeholder perception of health and healthcare
  • Health policy development
  • Nurse engagement in advocacy and health policy
  • Florell M. C. (2021). Concept analysis of nursing activism. Nursing forum, 56(1), 134–140. https://doi.org/10.1111/nuf.12502
  • Nebraska Nurses Association.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • Center for Rural Affairs Board of Directors.
  • 2014 Nebraska Action Coalition, 40 Under 40 Nurse Leader Award Recipient.
  • 2019 University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Dean’s Early Scholar Award.