Melissa Waide, MSN, CPNP

“I understand the needs of a child with chronic illness and strive to help families navigate the medical system. For 27 years, it has been my privilege to provide care to children at CHKD and be involved in their lives during times of illness and recovery.”

Melissa Waide, MSN, CPNP

(757) 668-7244

College: Virginia Commonwealth University

Graduate school: Old Dominion University


Waide began her career as a registered nurse caring for newborns and has since helped babies thrive in neonatal intensive care, prepared children of all ages for surgery and supported children as they heal from burns and wounds. She has cared for children for nearly 30 years and her extensive experience with children and years of extra schooling and training has shaped her into an expert pediatric nurse practitioner.

Waide now serves as the renal transplant coordinator at CHKD, helping children with kidney conditions both before and after transplant surgery. She has a passion for transplantation and the miracle of life it offers. One of her favorite aspects of her job is developing strong relationships with her patients and families that span many years of care.

In her free time, she loves to read, swim, head to the beach, or go boating on Chesapeake Bay.

  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
  • North Association of Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO)