Melissa Kalensky, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE

 Melissa Kalensky, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE

Assistant Professor
Department of Community, System and Mental Health Nursing, College of Nursing
Role: Clinician
Joined Rush in 2016


I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and have practiced in primary care with patients ages 0-104 years old. I currently teach in the FNP program and practice in internal medicine at Oak Street Health, in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. I am interested in improving care coordination, health policy and the role of nurse practitioners in creating value within our health system.

What inspired you to get into your field?

As a family practice clinician I have the privilege of connecting with three or four generations of the same family and building relationships with the people I care for. This allows me to better care for both my patient and their family as a unit.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I have really enjoyed transitioning into a faculty role with an organization that values my experience as a clinician and allows me to explore what I am most passionate about.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

I feel exceptionally lucky to have started my faculty career at Rush. I have learned so much just by being surrounded by so many educators with years of experience who are willing to teach and share.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

If you are looking for a faculty role, be persistent, it can be a challenge to find the right fit but it’s worth the effort.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

Cycling, yoga and finding the time to travel as much as possible (my goal is to hit every continent in the next 5 years)