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Melissa Garno - Georgia Southern University. Statesboro/Savannah, GA, US

Melissa Garno Melissa Garno

Professor and Associate Chair | Georgia Southern University

Statesboro/Savannah, GA, UNITED STATES

Melissa Garno is an expert in mental health nursing and nursing education.



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Melissa Garno joined Georgia Southern University in 1998 as a faculty member in the School of Nursing. After serving as BSN Program Director for 8 years, she assumed the role of Associate Chair for the School of Nursing in 2018. From 2012-2014 she also served as a Program Assessment Leader with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. In 2015 she additionally became responsible for overseeing the PMHNP track. Dr. Garno earned an EdD in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University in 2003.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Substance Abuse Nursing

Nursing Education

Curriculum and Program Development

Mental Health Nursing

Accomplishments (5)

Program Assessment Leader, Office of Institutional Effectiveness (professional)

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

Executive Leadership Institute Scholar (professional)

University System of Georgia

Leadership for Academic Nursing Scholar (professional)

American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Indianapolis, Indiana

Eagle Leadership 2010 Program Scholar (professional)

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

Faculty Award for Excellence in Service

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia

Education (3)

Georgia Southern University: Ed.D.

University of Central Arkansas: M.S.N.

Harding University: B.S.N.

Media Appearances (2)

Georgia Southern memorial garden dedicated in memory of student nurses killed in crash

Savannah Now  print


Speakers included interim university President Jean Bartels; Barry Joyner, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences; Sharon Radzyminski, chair of the school of nursing; Melissa Garno, director of the school of nursing’s BSN program, and Emily McGuire, president of the student nurse association.

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Georgia Southern University Receives $1.6 Million Grant For Advanced Nursing Education

News Channel 6 ABC  online


"This project will create innovative partnerships between the graduate nursing program at Georgia Southern University and agency clinical partners," said Dr. Melissa Garno, associate professor and BSN program director. "We are very excited to be able to bring this educational opportunity to our state, with the goal of increasing and enriching the quality of psychiatric/mental health services in our communities."

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Research Grants (2)

Graduate Collaborative Development: Supporting Psychiatric Interprofessional Nursing Education

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services $1,606,537

2017-2021 Health Resources Services Administration Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program

Innovative Academic-Practice Partnerships to Prepare APNs to Care for Rural and Underserved Populations with Psychiatric/Mental Health Needs.

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services $1,588,794

2015-2019 Health Resources Services Administration Advanced Nurse Education Program

Articles (1)

Promoting Social Justice Through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Indiana University Press

Garno, M. & Bennett, C.

2017 Teaching the Ethics of Caring: Using Nursing History to Integrate Race Consciousness into Professional Values. In D. D. Liston and R. Rahimi (Eds). How can education become a transformative experience for all learners and teachers? The contributors to this volume contend that the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) can provide a strong foundation for the role of education in promoting social justice. The collection features contributions by an array of educators and scholars, highlighting the various ways that learners and teachers can prepare for and engage with social justice concerns. The essays offer reflections on the value of SoTL in relation to educational ethics, marginalized groups, community service and activism, counter narratives, and a range of classroom practices. Although the contributors work in a variety of disciplines and employ different theoretical frameworks, they are united by the conviction that education should improve our lives by promoting equity and social justice.

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