Melody Rasmor

Dr. Rasmor is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Occupational Community Health Nurse with over thirty years of experience. Currently, Melody is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Washington State University. Her recent research focuses on the use of the educational innovation of digital storytelling in advanced physical assessment courses.

She lectures frequently on topics related to advanced health assessment and early diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. She was a 2016-2017, Visiting Nurse Faculty, The Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Little know facts about Melody Rasmor ……..

Melody has been a nurse as long as she can remember. As a nurse practitioner she has listened to thousands of stories over her career. She believes everyone has a story to tell. Her research work has been focused on educational innovations by using the Digital Storytelling (DS) assignment in her advanced physical assessment course as a way to promote reflective practitioners.

During her career, Melody has been a USAR Lt. Colonel (retired) and Veteran of 2 War Deployments. She has been a school nurse for the Vancouver School District, the employee health nurse for the Portland VAMC, and worked as an occupational nurse consultant to a variety of US companies such as HP, Intel, Levi Strauss, Los Alamos Labs, and WaferTech.

Melody was co-investigator with Dr. Denise Smart on the Early Return to Work Project for the State of Washington, (Safety & Health Investment Projects.) SHIP Grant sponsored by Labor and Industries.

Melody was honored for her life work as a nurse practitioner. She received the 2017 Land Here, Live Here, Learn Here Community Award. She earned this award by leading the WSU Vancouver College of Nursing community outreach to local high schools to provide sports physicals to children in need.

Melody’s favorite saying is: “ I do assessment for a living!” She has been teaching Physical Assessment for over 30 years!

When Melody is not teaching she is out at the Oregon Coast near Tillamook catching crabs at Netarts Bay or beach combing at Oceanside, Oregon!

Fundamentals of Physical Assessment Skills – This course is designed to provide participants with skills needed to conduct telephone screenings and on-site focused physical examinations. The nurse is in a critical position to help the general population make healthy decisions about their own health status. Physical assessment is used to establish baseline information about patients to detect health problems or risk factors that may later affect the patient’s health. The nurse attending this course will refine their ability to listen to patient histories, begin critical thinking and sharpen their ability to distinguish normal from abnormal findings. This course will increase confidence in the abilities to refer patients to the appropriate care providers for evaluations and treatments.

Neurological Assessment Skills – Neurological Assessment Skills is designed to provide current and evidenced based information on the neurological assessment for the primary care provider. Primary Care Providers are the first health care professionals most likely to encounter neurological problems. Through case studies and return demonstration exercises, this course will review the neurological exam with tips to improve your technique. Topics will assist you in making an early diagnosis of neurological problems and assist you in making appropriate referrals.

Feedback for our Fundamentals of Physical Assessment program:

“Excellent instructor, kept the class engaged.”

“Has a breadth of knowledge and experience. The class was highly interactive and personal. It was great to have the ability to practice skills in a supportive atmosphere.”

“Knowledgeable, engaging, entertaining.”