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April Waddell Messer

April Messer

Assistant Professor

College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Nursing

Contact Information

Phone: 828.654.6525
Office: 321 Biltmore Park Building
Pronouns: She


I graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Biology. I returned to school in 2009 and graduated from WCU’s ABSN program in 2010. I graduated from WCU’s MSN program in 2013. My research was focused on mobility of critically ill patients.<br><br>I began working with WCU as adjunct professor in fall of 2014; I joined WCU full-time in Spring 2017. Before coming to WCU as a full-time professor, I worked with Mission Hospital as a staff nurse in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit. I also worked as a Patient Safety Officer with the critical care service line. I was very involved with shared governance committees in the hospital and chaired MSICU’s unit-based nurse practice council for two years and chaired the hospital’s Nurse Practice Council (2014); I remain committed to improving patient care, safety and workplace environment through research and education.<br><br>I am currently pursuing my PhD through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. My area of research is substance use disorders (SUD) and the care of people with SUD's who are acutely ill.


  • MSN, Western Carolina University
  • BSN, Western Carolina University

Teaching Interests

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Addiction

Research Interests

Mobility in the ICU, Moral Distress in Nursing, Substance Use Disorders (SUD), Hospital care of people with SUD's

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