Clinical Professor

Dr. Keiffer is a clinical professor in the graduate nursing program. She is an experienced clinician, educator, and APRN DNP program director. She practices as a primary care nurse practitioner with previous clinical practice in critical care, trauma, neurology, and neurosurgery. Dr. Keiffer attained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University, where her scholarly work focused on the use of clinical practice guidelines in daily practice. She has expertise in advanced practice nursing and nursing education as a lecturer and conference speaker regionally and nationally. Her primary research goal is to help organizations achieve a vision of evidence-based practice, leadership support, and team collaboration to benefit patients experiencing health disparities. Active in grass roots health care advocacy, Dr. Keiffer works to build awareness of a shared responsibility to improve the health of medically underserved populations.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Project Director, Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Grant #:T94HP33213, Health Resources and Services Administration
  • University of San Francisco Center for Teaching Excellence/Student Engagement in the Classroom


Anderson, M., Díaz, D.A., Talbert, S., Gonzalez, L., Spears, S., Keiffer, M., Guido-Sanz, F., Mills, H., Hill., P., & Welch, G. (2021). Abstracts Presented at the 21st Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, January 19–March 31, 2021, Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare: June 2021, 16(3), e46-e93 doi: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000588

Díaz, D.A., Eckhoff, D., Nunes, M., Anderson, M., Keiffer, M., Salazar, I., Knurr, L., Talbert, S., & Duncan, J. (2021). Discovery of methods to enhance care of the LGBTQ+ community. Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Keiffer, M., Anderson, M., Eckhoff, D.O., Blackwell, C.W., Talbert, S., Parker, A.M. (2020). Standardizing Nurse Practitioner Student Evaluation during High-Stakes Clinical Exams. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 00 (2020) 1–7, © 2020 DOI# 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000514

Keiffer, M., Loomis, J., & Goyal, D. (2019). Nurse practitioner student clinical placements: A rural community immersion. Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Keiffer, M. (2018). Engaging nursing students: Integrating evidenced based inquiry, informatics and clinical practice. Nursing Education Perspectives, 39(4), 247-249. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000235.

Oele, M., DiGiammarino, P., Keiffer, M., LaVigne, M., Nicely, M.V., Nosek, M. (2017) Examining assumptions about student engagement in the classroom: A faculty learning community’s year-long journey. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, (6)1, 110-119.

Keiffer, M.R. (2015). Utilization of Clinical Practice Guidelines. Nursing Clinics of North America, (50)2, 327-345. DOI:

Awards and Recognition

  • Nightingale Award for Nursing Excellence in Advanced Practice, Rochester Hills, MI
  • Dorothy Jaffar Nursing Education Award, Detroit, MI
  • Educational Advancement Award, American Association of Critical Care Nurses

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Florida Association of Nurse Practitioners     
  • National League for Nursing    
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
Melanie Keiffer

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Nurse practitioner competency, nursing education, telehealth, evidence-based practice, quality improvement outcomes, student engagement


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.); Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • M.S.N., Adult Nurse Practitioner; Madonna University, Livonia, MI
  • M.S.N., Nursing Administration; Marymount University, Arlington, VA
  • B.S.N., Mercy College; Detroit, MI