Melisa “Misi” Green, LPN - Nursing Supervisor
Nature Coast Primary Care
Melisa “Misi” Green became a nurse to help people — and she carries that dedication through to everything she does. As nursing supervisor for Nature Coast Primary Care in Crystal River, Green helps patients every day — and helps her physicians and staff. As an advisor for the Explorer program of the Boy Scouts, she mentors local teens who are interested in healthcare careers. This mother of five helps her own children, and grandchild, grow and appreciate family and the outdoors.
“Misi is incredibly organized and always has the patient’s best interests at heart,” said her nominator. “She manages many elderly patients with chronic conditions that require constant monitoring and prescription management. Every single detail of her patient’s care is important to Misi, and she provides it with good humor and efficiency. Maintaining accurate records and providing information to other physicians and caregivers is all in a day’s work. This is truly an amazing woman!”
Green is a third-generation nurse and part of a healthcare family — her grandmother is a retired nurse and her mother still practices as an LPN. Her husband, Benjamin, is a paramedic with Nature Coast EMS, and one daughter is studying to become an emergency medical technician.
“I didn’t really have a choice but to become a nurse,” Green said, with a laugh. After moving with her family to Citrus County in 2001, she enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Withlacoochee Technical College. She has worked for Dr. Mario Mendizabal ever since. In 2018, Dr. Mendizabal and Dr. Kenneth Savage opened Nature Coast Primary Care.
As nursing supervisor, Green oversees the practice’s medical assistants, triages patients, assists with procedures, handles phone calls, and makes sure medical records are updated and paperwork is completed. The busy practice has two physicians, one physician’s assistant, five nurse practitioners, five medical assistants, including Green, and several office staff.
Many of the patients are elderly and have multiple health conditions.
“I love helping people, but it can be a challenge, too,” she said. “Many patients have chronic illnesses, sometimes more than one. We have patients with hypertension, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes — sometimes all at the same time. We do a lot of education, so they know the importance of taking the medications they need at the right times, of following the right eating plan, things like that.”
One of the practice’s nurse practitioners calls patients weekly to see how they are doing. It’s a big job, so Green is in the process of training to make phone calls as well.
“Just keeping in contact can help the patients comply with their medical plan,” she said. “It’s a way to stay in touch between visits.”
Green and her co-workers also deal with the sad realities of a medical practice — patients who must be admitted to the hospital or to hospice care. Still, she leaves behind the stresses of the workday when she goes home.
“Along with the successes, my husband and I both experience stress, and sadness, in our work,” she said. “We decided early on to leave work at work — we just don’t talk about it. We keep very busy with our kids’ activities and being outdoors.”
Two of the couple’s five children are still in high school. The family relishes hunting, fishing, camping, and raising animals.
“Right now, we have chickens, rabbits, a dog and two cats,” Green said. Both Misi and Benjamin volunteer as Boy Scout Explorer advisors. The career mentoring program is open to young men and women ages 14-21 and provides hands-on experience in specific jobs. The Greens work with students interested in healthcare, primarily EMS, careers.
“It gives them a chance to see what it’s all about and learn some skills,” said Green.
The couple’s community activity doesn’t stop there. They help out at local festivals and take shifts in the First Aid booth at the Citrus County Fair. They also are working on starting an Explorer program for younger children, ages 10-13, “so they can start getting their foot in the door,” said Green.
“I’m blown away by this award; I did not expect this to happen,” she added. “I think I’m a good person to work with. I like to help my co-workers and I think I’m a strong teacher when it comes to training someone.
“Every day, I go out of my way to go above and beyond. I’m humbled by the fact that people acknowledge that.”