Melissa Hansen chose a career in nephrology because she wanted to specialize in a field of medicine that encompasses every single part of a medical career, from treating an acutely ill patient in the hospital to following the patient in the outpatient setting or during dialysis rounds. She believes that continuity of care is so important in medicine.
She moved to Las Vegas in 1999 and was drawn to KSOSN after her grandmother was in the hospital with acute kidney injury under the care of KSOSN, specifically Dr. Boldur. Furthermore, as an ICU nurse at Centennial Hills Hospital, she was able to work alongside Dr. Boldur and Dr. Mirfendereski for many years and learned a lot from them. She feels that KSOSN is comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants that truly care about their patients and deliver evidence-based, high quality patient care.
Melissa feels that it is important for her patients and potential patients to know that she listens and takes the time to hear their complaints. Patient’s know their bodies better than we do and if we listen closely, we are less likely to miss things. She is also a strong patient advocate and values patient safety. She puts her patients first and makes sure they receive the quality care that they deserve. Making a difference in the life of the patient is what she strives for every single day. Her background in critical care as both a registered nurse and nurse practitioner along with her critical thinking skills, and knowledge base of best practice in regards to many medical conditions allows her to provide patients with the high quality evidence-based care they deserve. She is fascinated by acute kidney injury and has gained a special interest in managing the patient with acute kidney disease.
Melissa graduated from UNLV with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and worked in medical-surgical, intermediate care and intensive care as a registered nurse. Her longest specialty in nursing was in intensive care. She obtained her Masters of Science in Nursing from GCU in 2017 and worked as a Pulmonary/Critical Care Nurse Practitioner in the Intensive Care Unit. She is Board Certified through ANCC. She enjoys traveling to different countries and quick trips to the beach with her Fiancé and his two beautiful children. She has two German Shepherd dogs that are her world.