Location: Swope Health Services – Central Facility, Outreach and Mobile Medical Unit

Patients should know…

I hope to establish a level of comfort and trust with my patients. Coming to the clinic shouldn’t be nerve-wracking or intimidating. It should be an environment of open communication and mutual respect. I want to establish a conversational relationship with all of my patients. Healthcare treatments shouldn’t feel like I am telling you what to do. I want to create manageable healthcare treatment plans that allow each patient to be the healthiest they can be in their own way.

I’m here to provide preventive medicine and reach a population who may not be able seek treatment anywhere else. I think to many we are seen as the “free clinic” where people go because they “can’t afford to go anywhere else.” We are much more than that. The providers here are amazing and choose to work here because they know that the patients who “have to” come here deserve the same care as those who don’t.

I was an ICU nurse at Research Medical Center for almost five years, which is an entirely different view on healthcare than I currently am providing. Before, I was saving lives by fixing problems. Now, I am trying to prevent problems and I love making a difference that way.


Rockhurst University for undergraduate degrees in nursing and Spanish, University of Kansas Medical Center for MSN, FNP and DNP.


Joined SHS in September 2015 in Family, Acute Care and Outreach. I worked as an ICU Nurse at Research Medical Center from 2011-2015. I currently also teach undergraduate nursing classes at KU Medical Center. I won KU Medical Center academic achievement scholarships: Sims School of Nursing Scholarship Fall 2014, Varnes Nursing Scholarship Spring 2014 & 2015, Research College of Nursing Outstanding Student Nurse Award 2011. Also, Rockhurst Outstanding Student in Undergraduate Research in 2011, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Background and passions

Raytown, MO, is my hometown. Outside of work, my passion is to travel outside the United States. I have been to 37 cities in 18 countries so far!

Rachel Melson