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Judy Kaye Smith, Ph.D.

Judy Kaye Smith, Ph.D. — Associate Professor, Nursing

"Having such a varied background, I have been able to share many stories and experiences that help the students to better understand concepts they are learning in classes."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. – Texas Woman's University
  • MSN in Nursing Administration – Lamar University
  • MN, Minor Curriculum Development – Louisiana State University
  • BAN – University of Illinois

Department: Nursing

Career Highlights:
Serves on National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX examination item development panel by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners).
Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a High Risk Perinatal Nurse.
State Special Consultant for Texas Nursing Students’ Association from September 2009 to present.
Published contributor of educational resources.
Participated in multiple grant committees and designed simulation for EXCEL grant on Postpartum Hemorrhage with Mary Walker.

In which online degree program(s) do you teach?
Graduate nursing.

Which classes do you teach online?
Evidence-Based Projects I and II, as well as Planning & Organizing Healthcare.

Why did you start teaching?
I really enjoy working with students and new nurses to help them grow and develop their knowledge and skills in nursing. Having such a varied background, I have been able to share many stories and experiences that help the students to better understand concepts they are learning in classes.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?
Always be adaptable and flexible in learning.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?
Always read the syllabus, course packets and all grading criteria carefully. They will give you a great deal of information that will make your learning experience proceed more smoothly.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?
There are too many to mention.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in nursing?
Adaptability and flexibility. Try to learn something new every day. Always follow directions/order carefully – patients' lives depend on your accuracy in assessments, medication administration, notifying the doctor, etc. Accept all feedback as constructive for future reference. Don't be afraid to share your knowledge with others to help them grow in the profession.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in nursing face today?
Constantly evolving technology. Meeting governing bodies’ regulations, such as JCAHO, OSHA, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, ACEN, SACS, etc.

Tell us something your students may not know about you.
I have been a nurse for almost 41 years, holding a variety of positions, including staff nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager, nurse director, and clinical nurse specialist. I have lived in five states during my nursing career, which has offered me many opportunities to grow and expand my knowledge and skills in nursing.

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