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Dr. Kathy Smith, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director

Kathy Smith, EdD, MSN, APRN, ACNP, FNP

Dr. Kathy Smith earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from New Mexico State University in Carlsbad, New Mexico and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  She completed her Master of Science in Nursing and a Post Master’s Certificate from Texas Tech University Health Science Center. She earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership Administration in Higher Education from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas. Her dissertation research focused on perceptions of support for academic nursing deans and directors across the United States.

Dr. Smith is ANCC board certified as both an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Smith brings 12 years of expertise in nursing education and administration to Texas State University. Dr. Smith has taught in all levels of nursing programs from vocational nursing to graduate nursing. Her teaching specialties includes leadership, family nurse practitioner courses, and role development.    Dr. Smith’s nursing experience includes rural health, medical-surgical, ICU, and home-health/hospice nursing. As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) since 2007 she has practiced in integrated medicine, primary care, internal medicine, occupational medicine, and university school-based settings.

Dr. Smith’s current professional memberships include the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Texas Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses Association, Texas Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and Kappa Delta Pi. Her other research interests and activities include nursing faculty workloads, role stressors for nursing directors, spirituality support in healthcare, decreasing health disparities in the LGBTQI community, and cardio-metabolic syndrome in women.

  • Academic nursing deans’ and directors’ perceptions of organizational support
  • Nursing faculty workloads
  • Role stressors, longevity, and succession planning for academic nursing administrators
  • Spirituality support in healthcare in the LGBTQI community
  • Cardio-metabolic syndrome in women
  • Multi-modality pain management for acute and chronic pain in the adult-geriatric population