Tonisha Melvin, MS, CRRN, NP-C, is an advanced practice registered nurse at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center (CNVAMC) in Augusta, Georgia. Currently a Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, Melvin began practicing as a registered nurse at CNVAMC in 2009. At CNVAMC, she serves as an environmental health registry specialist and as a specialty examiner for compensation and disability claims in addition to managing the disability benefits questionnaire claims clinic at the Veterans Affairs. Melvin participates on numerous committees for quality improvement and ethical compliance for the CNVAMC facility.
She is a contributing author of The Charge Nurse Leader Program Builder: A Competency-Based Approach for Developing Frontline Leaders, a comprehensive curriculum and roadmap for developing frontline leaders and ensuring charge nurses are trained, mentored, and supported in their roles.
Melvin is an active volunteer. In addition to conducting annual community health screenings, she is a vocal advocate for nursing issues, such as safe staffing and nurses’ right to work in a healthy, nurturing, reprisal-free, and supportive environment. Recently, she began leading efforts to prevent adult and childhood obesity and to promote nurse health and wellness. Melvin also co-founded the Melvin Family’s Meal Donation, which feeds needy families during the holiday season.
An active member in professional organizations, Melvin is a member of the Georgia Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses. She served as vice president of the Concerned National Black Nurses Association in 2015 and is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses audit panel.
Melvin is currently working on her DNP degree from Mercer University, which she plans to complete in the fall of 2017.