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Melissa Schwartz Beck, PhD, RN, RNC-OB

Clinical Associate Professor
Baccalaureate Education
Office: 3127 Health Sciences Building
Phone: (252) 744-6501

Melissa Schwartz Beck, PhD, RN, RNC-OB is a Clinical Associate Professor, in undergraduate nursing science, at East Carolina University (ECU), in Greenville, North Carolina. Dr. Beck has been a Registered Nurse since 1996 and has her certification in In-Patient Obstetrics. She is currently Vice President of Sigma Theta Tau Beta Nu chapter, a member of the Diversity Advisory Council for East Carolina University (ECU) College of Nursing, a member of ECU’s agenda committee, and serves as alternate senator for the College of Nursing. Her research in simulation and digital stories have afforded her the opportunity to be principal or co-principal investigator for 6 studies.  She has published several articles and presented her work at local, national, and international conferences. She is highly innovative having worked alongside her colleagues to develop the six-hour student simulation day,  the creation and use of the Live Lecture Lab Link as a method for bringing clinical into the classroom, and the incorporation of Pinterest and Yaptips for Yammer to reinfornce student learning in the lab, clinical, and classroom.  She's also assisted in the creation of several simulation scenarios and digital stories for use in maternal child and medical-surgical nursing. Dr. Beck is a 2016 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL)-CAE Fellow, a member of INACSL, the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International.  


BSN (1996), East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

MSN (2004), Univeristy of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

PhD (2014), East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Research Interests


Digital Stories


Serious Games

Blog/Twitter/Facebook links


Fall 2018: Liz Mizelle and Melissa Schwartz Beck will be presenting, Engaging the generations: Stories, pictures and Pinterest, at the 14th Annual South Eastern Nurse Educator Symposium at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. 

Referred Articles/Papers

Mizelle, E., & Beck, M. S. (2018). Engaging Millennials: Best Practice for Using Pinterest. Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 13(1), 58-62.

Brown, S.T., Beck, M.S., Elhammoumi, C.V. (2017). Addressing cultural diversity and inclusion in a college of nursing. Journal of Best Practice in Health Professions Diversity, 10(2), 141-144.

Beck, M. S., Elhammoumi, C., & Virag, J. (2016). Breaking diversability barriers: Optimizing healthcare facility interactions. American Nurse Today, 12(1).

Webb-Corbett, R., Schwartz, M. R., Green, B., Sessoms, A., & Swanson, M. (2013). New media simulations in nursing education a quasi-experimental study exploring learning outcomes. Computers, Informatics, and Nursing, 31(4), 198–203.

Schwartz, M. R. (2012). Storytelling in the digital world achieving higher-level learning objectives. Nurse Educator, 37(6), 248–251.

Woody, G., Schwartz, M., & Green, B. (2010). Scouting out Nursing. Reflections on Nursing Leadership.

Schwartz, M. R., Green, B., & Faser, K. (2010). The digital frontier: Broadcasting simulations in nursing education. Computers, Informatics, and Nursing, 28(5), 250–253.

Thompson, K., & Schwartz, M. R. (2008). From classroom to clinical: How student coordinators can bridge the gap from school to bedside. Advance for Nurses, 10(18), 13–14.

Schwartz, M. R. (2007). When closeness breeds cruelty: Helping victims of intimate partner violence. American Nurse Today, 2(6), 42–47.

Schwartz, M. R. (2007). My son has Tourette Syndrome. American Nurse Today, 2(1), 31–32.

Book Chapters

Beck, M.S.; Skipper, M., King, A. (2019). Violence against women. In D. L. Lowdermilk & S. E. Perry (Eds.). Maternity and Women's Health Care (11th ed). St. Louis, Missouri: Elservier.


Books and Monographs

Beck, M.S. (Producer), & Evans, C. & Baldwin, C (Directors). (2017). Digital Storytelling [Video]. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD3R0p6kncg

Walker, M. & Beck, M.S. (Producers), & Evans, C. & Baldwin, C (Directors). (2017). INACSL Poster [Video]. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc3auTRoTr0

Beck, M.S.; Cambel, B.; Mizelle, E. (Producers), & Conley, E. (Director). (2016). Breastfeeding your Newborn. Avaliable at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LQyO4PI_Do

Schwartz, M.R. (2014). A descriptive exploratory study: How nurse educators use digital stories to teach (Doctoral disseration). East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina.

Schwartz, M.R. (Producer), Schwartz, A.R. (Director). (2010). Domestic Partner Violence. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qEqbXN1iNs

Schwartz, M.R. (2004). Coping, Caring, and Understanding Perinatal Loss. Cherry Point, North Carolina: Haleyburton Hospital.

Non-Refereed Articles/Papers

Schwartz, M. R. (2005). A little fella with a tic. Reflections on Nursing Leadership, 2(18), 31.


Hall, S. & Beck, M.S. (2017). Winston-Salem State University Research Grant Award.

Schwartz, M.R. (2013). Research and Creative Activity Grant.

Schwartz, M.R. (2009). Research and Creative Activity Scholarship.

Refereed Presentations

Beck, M.S. (2017). Florence Nightingale: A monologue to teach and inspire. Sigma Theta Tau International 44th Biennial Convention. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Beck, M.S. (2017). Storytelling in the digital World: Achieving higher-level learning objectives. World Education Day. Dalian, China.

Beck, M.S. & Walker, M. (2017). Designing the 6-hour simulation day. International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and learning. Washington, District of Columbia.

Hall, S. & Beck, M.S. (2017). Examining knowledge acquisition and retention using storytelling versus simulation board game with baccalaureate nursing students. PRIDE 5th Annual Meeting. Bethesda, Maryland.

Beck, M.S. (2016). Why use digital stories to teach: A descriptive exploratory study. 25th Collaborative Research Day, Greenville, North Carolina.

Beck, M.S. & Elhammoumi, C. (2015). Divers-Abilities: Just a part of the everyday world. Sigma Theta Tau International 43rd Biennial Convention. Los Vegas, Nevada.

Beck, M.S. (2015). Teleporting stories: How nurse educators use digital stories in the classroom.Sigma Theta Tau International 43rd Biennial Convention. Los Vegas, Nevada.

Schwartz, M.R. (2013). Teleporting story: Who, where, what, when, why, and how. Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention. Indianappolis, Indiana.

Schwartz, M.R. (2011). Storytelling adventure in education. Sigma Theta Tau International 41st Biennial Convention. Grapevine, Texas.

Woody, G.; Schwartz, M. & Green, B. (2011). Reenacting the past and revealing the present to influence the future of nursing. Sigma Theta Tau International 43rd Biennial Convention. Los Vegas, Nevada.

Schwartz, M.R.; Hope, A., & Green, B. (2010). From tidbits to yaptips engaging students with yammer. Think-in 2010. Greenville, North Carolina.

Schwartz, M.R. (2009). Creative learning for breaking rules. Sigma Theta Tau International 40th Biennial Convention. Indianapolis, Indiana.

Green, R.; Wade, V.; Sessoms, A.; Scwhartz, M.; Wright, M.; & Fraser, K. (2008). Real time streaming simulations in women's health education. Innovations in Nursing Education. Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Schwartz, M.R. (2007). Lights, camera, action! Teaching the millennial student. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Education. New Orleans, Lousianna.

Schwartz, M.R. (2007). Perinatal loss and grief: Coping, caring, and understanding. New Bern, North Carolina.

Schwartz, M.R. (2005). Planning for baby. MCCS Semper Fit. Cherry Point, North Carolina.

Schwartz, M.R. (2004). Planning for baby. MCCS Semper Fit. Cherry Point, North Carolina.

Schwartz, M.R. (2002). The premature baby. March of Dimes Team Rally. New Bern, North Carolina.

Non-Referred Presentations

Invited Presentations


Harris, Creech, and Ward. Legal Nurse Consultant. New Bern, North Carolina.

Special Projects/Faculty Development

Research Activities

Courses Taught

Introduction to Professional Nursing

Nursing Fundamentals I & II

Health Assessment

Nursing Care of Families during the Childbearing Phase (Clinical and Simulation)

Guest speaker: Library Science 3200 Storytelling; Accelearated Bachelor of Science Nursing Program


Dissertation Committees

DNP Project Committees

Special Assignments/Faculty Development


George, S. (Producer) & Beck, M.R. (Director). 2017. Birth by Karen Brody. Greenville, North Carolina.

Elhammouni, C. & Beck, M.S. (2017 to 2018). Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Professions. Aycock Middle School, Greenville, North Carolina.

Savitt, T.; Beck, M.S.; Green, B. (2014 to 2017). Co-coordinator for Medical Readers Theater. Greenville, North Carolina.

Schwartz, M.R. (2012). Faculty facilitator for Crossing Boarders. Greenville, North Carolina.

Beck, M.S. (2014). Special Needs Baseball. New Bern, North Carolina.

Schwartz, M.R. (2011-2012). Assisted with theatrical programs at West Craven High School. Vanceboro, North Carolina.

Schwartz, M.R. (2001 to 2009). Help us Grow (HUG) volunteer. Bridgeton, North Carolina.

Service Learning Activities

Special Projects

Honors and Awards

2017 Faculty Author Recognition Award

2017 Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Nu Excellence in Scholarship Award

2015 East Carolina University, Diversity and Inclusion Group Award

2009 Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Nu Research and Creativity Award

2013 Faculty Author Recognition Award

2009 Faculty Author Recognition Award

2008 Faculty Author Recognition Award

2003 Patient Safety Initiative Award