Melissa Burdi, DNP

Dr. Melissa Burdi is the dean and vice president of the Purdue Global School of Nursing. She began her career at Purdue Global as the associate dean of online nursing programs.

Before joining Purdue Global, Dr. Burdi was the national director of academic operations at Chamberlain University where she provided leadership to university-wide operational and academic quality-related initiatives.

Burdi has also provided senior-level leadership in the academic arena leading both DNP and RN-BSN programs in the patient care setting across numerous health care systems. She has served in leadership roles and specialized in areas such as professional development and cardiac care, driving patient safety and accreditation initiatives.

She is a member of the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Most recently, she was appointed as a nursing fellow with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). She serves as a peer reviewer for a professional nursing journal.

Burdi earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Chamberlain University, a master’s degree in nursing administration and leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Rush University. Her area of expertise is in leadership development, nursing mentorship, and process improvement. She holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, as well as certificates in nursing leadership and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Leading Innovative Change from UC Berkeley Executive Education.

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