Marissa began her nursing career at Vanderbilt in 2001 as a staff nurse on 5N working with the acute care pediatric population. When Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt was constructed as a freestanding facility in 2004, she transitioned to the Infant, Toddler, School Age Medicine and Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (PEMU).
Over the course of 11 years, she has worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse educator, and clinical instructor. As a member of the Nursing Education & Professional Development team, Marissa works as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist. In this role, she develops, facilitates, and coordinates education and training efforts for Children’s Hospital.
Being a 4th generation nurse, Marissa received her nursing degree from Aquinas College. She furthered her education through The University of Phoenix where she received an MSN in Nursing Education. Marissa serves on a number of committees throughout Children’s Hospital and remains current as an instructor for Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization. Committed to nursing development, Marissa also serves as an instructor for the Certified Pediatric Nurse Review Course.