Melissa Poston
Candidate for DNP, Johns Hopkins University

Melissa Poston is a healthcare professional and Doctoral candidate with a background in acute care nursing and a growing passion for progressive healthcare policy.

As a registered nurse on a cardio-thoracic surgical unit, Melissa sought leadership opportunities to increase staff teamwork and create quality improvement projects. She served as the unit's Practice Council Co-Chair and as the Magnet Representative to develop and enhance nursing policies and procedures on her unit. During this time caring for patients at the bedside, she became aware of the lack of health promotion not only for patients but also for healthcare providers and caregivers. This disconnect motivated her to pursue further education and to support changes in current healthcare policy.

Melissa is currently a Doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, working towards her Doctorate in Nursing Practice, specializing in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care. As a future Nurse Practitioner, Melissa aspires to be a leader in increasing healthcare access to underserved communities, advocating for quality care for our veterans and improving healthcare policy. She also volunteers as a nursing mentor with the American Nurses Association to support early career nurses as they transition, grow and navigate through professional challenges in their new roles.

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and minored in German, Religious Studies and Human Biology at North Carolina State University. After graduating, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Melissa recently relocated to Alexandria, Virginia where she, her husband and their Australian Shepherd are excited to lay down roots.