Associate Professor

2011, D.N.P., University of Alabama
1999, M.S.N., University of Mississippi
1995, B.S.N., Mississippi University for Women

Dr. Smith joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2017. She teaches graduate-level nursing courses across the curriculum. Her professional experiences includes 22 years of nursing with 18 years as a board certified nurse practitioner. She also holds certifications as an orthopedic nurse practitioner and a perioperative nurse.

Currently, she is in clinical practice as a nurse practitioner and registered nurse first assistant with Starkville Orthopedic Clinic in Starkville, Mississippi. One of Dr. Smith’s most enjoyable pursuits is reading and writing that is related to healthcare transformation. She has published continuing education content in nursing journals that serves to educate thousands of nurses each year on the topic of evidence-based practice in the clinical setting.

Her additional studies include surgical first assisting, and rural nursing case management and care coordination. Also in her background are her strong interests in the utilization of care coordination and patient-centered care to guide policy and program development that promotes quality improvement and patient safety among the rural elderly and disabled homebound populations.

As a National Rural Health Association Policy Fellow and a National Academies of Practice Policy Fellow in Nursing, Dr. Smith focused on the revision of policy pertaining to quality improvement in rural health care. She has been selected to serve in the first voluntary cohort of Clinician Champions for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role, she will lead change and conceptualize practice transformation for Medicare Part B clinicians as it applies to the Quality Payment Program, in addition to assisting CMS in exploring effective communication methods with clinicians.

Dr. Smith is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Rural Health Association and the Orthopaedic Nurses Association. She has received the DNP Student Excellence in Writing Award from the University of Alabama and the Nan Hilt Writer’s Award in Orthopaedic Nursing from the Orthopaedic Nursing Journal.

She and her husband, Todd, were married in 1997. They are the parents of four daughters: Carly, Camille, Aurianna (their most recent foster child) and Sadie. In her leisure time, she enjoys being outdoors with her family and their many farm animals: two horses, three donkeys and four dogs.

One of her favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”