Melissa Rylant Cates

  • Northport  AL
  • 205 292-8947
Melissa Rylant Cates

Curriculum Vitae/RN, BSN, CCRN


Aug 2011 - Present

Doctorate of Education (EdD)

The University of Alabama

All course work completed, I will now complete my dissertation and graduate with my EdD hopefully in December 2016.

Aug 2011 - Dec 2015

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing

I am currently in the dual program earning my Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN), Case Management and my Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Instructional Leadership for Nurse Educators. After completing all the course work required and successfully passing the Comprehensive Exam, I will defend my Prospectus this Fall and graduate with my MSN in August 2015. 

Aug 2003 - Jan 2006

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing

Through classroom education, lab simulation training, and nursing facilities clinical, I earned a degree in nursing from The University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing. The accredited school of nursing afforded me the ability to sit for National Boards and obtain my nursing license.

Professional Experience

Work History
Mar 2008 - Present

Critical Care RN

DCH Health System, MICU

I am a Registered Nurse on the Medical Intensive Care Unit or ICU at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I assess, manage and collaborate with other healthcare providers the plan of care for complex clients, including all medical problems requiring critical care.

 Starting and Managing CRRT (Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy), Super User

 Managing ventilated patients and providing total care for complex clients

 Managing patients on BiPap

 Managing patients with multiple medical problems

 Training and precepting students and new employees

 Charge nurse responsibilities, including staff assignments, room assignments, leadership to staff, and SWAT/Code nurse for hospital

Jun 2015 - Present

Clinical Instructor

Shelton State Community College

Summer semester, I worked with LPN students in Maternal/Child. I assigned, supervised and evaluated students on labor and delivery, well baby nursery, and postpartum units.

Fall semester, I worked with RN students in Fundamentals. First, I taught and validated nursing students on fundamental skills in skills lab. After validation, I taught, assigned, supervised and evaluated students in a nursing home. I also helped with METI experiences in skills lab.

Jan 2015 - May 2015

Graduate Student/Faculty Intern

The University of Alabama

I worked 240 hours with a faculty mentor as part of my graduate program. I prepared and delivered a lecture, and then prepared test questions to evaluate. I also worked in clinicals on a medical surgical unit at UAB West hospital.

Aug 2012 - Oct 2012

Clinical Instructor

The University of Alabama

I worked with a group of 8 undergraduate nursing students on a medical/surgical unit that were in their 3rd semester of upper division called adult health. I was a temporary instructor filling in for an instructor unable to teach this part of the semester. I really enjoyed watching students mature and learn.

May 2007 - Feb 2008

Critical Care RN

UAB Hospital, Heart and Lung Transplant ICU
  • Managing care for pre and post heart and lung transplant patients
  • Managing Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD’s)
  • Treating Pulmonary Hypertension patients with high risk drugs
  • Managing ventilated patients
  • Managing CRRT 
Dec 2006 - May 2007

RN in RN Internship Program

UAB Hospital
  •  Rotated through five different units, spending one month on each unit
  •  Caring for patients in Bone Marrow Transplant ICU
  •  Assessing, Triage and caring for patients in Emergency Department
  • Caring for seizure and brain injury patients in Neurology
  • Practiced within scope of practice in Cardiovascular Operating Room as a circulator
  • Practiced within scope of practice in Heart and Vascular Center

Research (without funding)

I plan to study the culture and marginalization using the historical perspective of nursing for my dissertation. I want to interview nurses in the hospital setting and understand their feelings regarding professionalization, marginalization, and empowerment as a bedside nurse and use a critical hermeneutic qualitative research method. 



Spring, 2015

Served as a faculty mentor with clinical students during my practicum designing and revising research project for abstract submission and poster presentation at the Undergraduate (UG) Research Conference at The University of Alabama in April, 2015. (see Poster in Portfolio)


Apr 2014 - Present

CCRN-Critical Care Registered Nurse Certification

AACN-American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
After completing 1,750 hours in direct bedside care of acutely and/or critically ill patients during the previous 2 years, the nurse takes a very complex test proving the knowledge and application of nursing care to critically ill patients. The certification is given to the successful RN to validate their abilities and competencies.
2007 - Present

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for Healthcare Providers

American Heart Association
2004 - Present

Basic Life Support Certification (BLS) for Healthcare Providers

American Heart Association

Basic CPR

Honors and Awards

Cum Laude, 2006

Sigma Theta Tau International, 2006

Outstanding Clinical Nursing Student Award, 2005

Golden Key International Honor Society, 2004

Pinnacle Honor Society, 2004

President’s List, 1995,2003

Dean’s List, 6 semesters

Scholarships and Fellowships

  • License Tag Graduate Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Alabama Power Co. Scholarship, 2005-2006
  • Cindajo Pearce Overton Endowed Scholarship, 2005-2006
  • Nursing Honor’s Scholarship, 2004-2006
  • Isabella Hummel Graham Scholarship, 2004

Professional Service/Memberships