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Melissa Duran, MSN, RN, CRNP
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Melissa DuranPosition Desired

Publications Chair

Place of current employment

Nurse Practitioner
Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit
Department of General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Major areas of responsibility

  • Assess and diagnose common general surgical problems occurring in preterm and term infants from birth up to one year of age
  • Treat common surgical conditions of neonates and infants
  • Prescribe medications related to general surgical disorders of neonates and infants
  • Perform a variety of procedures, as indicated, for surgical neonates and infants
  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary health care team to optimize patient care


  • Post-Master’s in Nursing, The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
    Concentration: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • M.S.N., The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
    Concentration: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • B.S. in Nursing, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • B.A. in Spanish, The Pennsylvania State University
    Minor: International Studies

Professional licensure and credentials:

  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner- Primary Care (CPNP-PC)
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)
  • Prescriptive Authority
  • Registered Nurse
  • American Heart Association (AHA) Adult/Child/Infant CPR
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (AAP/AHA)
  • STABLE Certification

Past or present experiences and responsibilities that contribute to your qualifications for the office sought 

I decided to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) because of the influences of my personal experiences and values. Having grown up in extreme poverty, I recognized the need early on for quality healthcare for all. I believe that everyone is entitled to the same treatment and therefore is deserving of quality, accessible, efficient, and cost-effective healthcare. Nursing was something I discovered while serving 3 ½ years in the Peace Corps in Honduras. My original intent was to study medicine at the conclusion of my service, but after being inspired by the nurses in my small village in Honduras, I changed my mind. I returned to the United States and enrolled at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing as a Peace Corps Fellow. After completing the baccalaureate portion of the nursing program, I took a semester off from school to think about what I really wanted to do and I worked full time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as a Registered Nurse (RN). I never imagined working in such a specific area of nursing like the NICU, but the experience gave me the opportunity to seek new avenues for growth. My interest in working in pediatrics intensified because of this experience. I then accepted a position in the N/IICU at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and currently perform as one of the Pediatric Surgical Advanced Practice Nurses. The role of the Advanced Practice Nurse today stresses the importance of continuing education and expanding clinical knowledge and expertise. I completed the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Option at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing to help me add one of the missing pieces of my professional puzzle. I am still able to fulfill my promise to help others in the developing world by continuing to participate in global health educational, medical and surgical missions. However, there is still one piece of my professional puzzle that is missing. In the words of current publication chair extraordinaire, Kimberly McIltrot, APSNA is the perfect organization to “use as a stepping stone to help further create your professional legacy”. While I enjoy being a member of such a wonderful professional organization, and have enjoyed immensely all of the opportunities that I have been afforded by being able to attend and present at the scientific conferences these past two years and serve as a content expert for the Journal of Pediatric Surgical Nursing and the latest edition of our textbook, Nursing Care of the Pediatric Surgical Patient, I want to do more. This is the opportunity that I have been awaiting.

Summary of your goals for the position

My goal as the publications chair is to continue to promote APSNA’s mission by continuing to do my part to promote excellence in pediatric surgical nursing practice by providing continuing education within my institution and beyond, nursing research by continuing to participate in unit and institution wide research, QI and evidence based practice projects and disseminating the information to my colleagues via our professional journal, maintaining professional collaboration with the APSNA board and our professional counterparts and offering peer support and mentorship to my colleagues near and far. As a general surgery advanced practice nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), I will bring a new and different perspective to the board as the first neonatal member. With strong organizational and communication skills, I will continue to support the board and the general membership by being an effective leader and mentor to help make our journal more accessible and continue to encourage our colleagues to share their knowledge and expertise with the rest of our professional world