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Cheryl Mele, DNP, PNP, AC/PB-BC

Cheryl Mele


Associate Clinical Professor; Director of the Dual Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program and Acute Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program

Graduate Nursing

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Cheryl Mele, DNP, received her neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioner education at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. She earned her Doctorate of Education Practice at Touro University, Henderson, NV. Mele is an associate clinical professor at Drexel University. She has instructed pediatric nurse practitioner students for over a decade. She designed the curriculum for the Dual Certification Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Acute Program at Drexel University.

Mele has extensive experience with critical pediatric patients and working with caregivers and interdisciplinary clinicians to coordinate patient care. She has worked clinically at major teaching institutions in the Northeast such as Thomas Jefferson Hospital, A-I Dupont-Nemours, St Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She recently worked in the pain management team under the department of Critical Care and Anesthesia at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has presented and published several articles on the topics of genetics and pediatric pain management. She has a special interest in interprofessional communication with relational crisis, pain management and palliative care.


Mele is board certified in three areas of clinical expertise: Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Acute Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Research Interests:

Mele's research interests include interprofessional communication with patients and families experiencing a relational crisis and holistic, alternate therapies for patient and families experiencing pain, stress and anxiety disorders.

Academic Distinctions:

Mele has participated within various capacities of clinical research with interdisciplinary teams as a staff nurse and APN in the area of infant surfactant trials, SVO2 monitoring, nitric oxide, liquid ventilation, ECMO, brain/whole body cooling for neonatal asphyxia and pain management protocols. She has collaborated with interdisciplinary teams developing algorithms and care maps based on the analysis of research to incorporate evidence base models of care. She has participated in and chaired various committees to incorporate evidence based practices such as sedation and pain management in the pediatric and neonatal ICU, instituting complementary and alternative measures in pediatric pain management, palliative care initiatives, education and implementation of paravertebral catheters for post- cardiac surgery.

  • Mele, C (2018). Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 10.1016/j.pedn.2017.12.009.
  • Mele, C., & Goldschmidt, K. (2016). Personalized Perioperative Pediatric Pain Management: Myth or Reality? Jouranl of Pediatric Nursing ,32, 85-87, DOI:
  • Mele,C. Strawley, C., & Goldschmidt, K. (2015). New Techniques in Pediatric Pain Management: Continuous Peripheral Nerve Block. Journal of Pediatric Nursing
  • Mele, C & Goldschmidt, K. (2014). Pharmacogenomics in Pediatrics: Personalized Medicine Showing Eminent Promise. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 29(4):378-82. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2014.04.005.

Furthermore, Mele has shared her clinical expertise and practice models within the areas of pain management, genetic science and communication with patients and families. The scholastic contribution involves, local, national and international conference with various professional organizations.

  • NANAP 40th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, March 7-10, 2019, New Orleans Louisiana. Podium Presentation:” Pharmacogenomics in Pain Management Myth or Reality.“
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference July 21-25, 2017 Dublin, Ireland. Podium Presentation: “Pharmacogenomics in Pediatric Pain Management, Myth or Reality?”
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference July 21-25, 2016 Cape Town South Africa, Podium Presentation, “Instructing APNs on How to Deliver Bad News to Patients and Families in this Millennial Generation.“
  • International Nursing Education and Research Conference, Athens Greece, May 4, 2015. Podium Presentation: “Pharmacogenomics in Pediatrics.
  • National Associations for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) April 20, 2013. Podium Presentation: “Pharmacogenomics in Pediatrics” Orlando, FL.
  • International Society of Genetic Nurses October 26, 2012, Philadelphia, Pa. Poster Presentation: “Advanced Pediatric Technology Gene Therapy.”

Professional Society:

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Sigma Theta Tau
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties