Sandra L. Smith, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC

Sandra L. Smith, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC

Sandra L. Smith, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC

Associate Professor
(502) 852-8388
slsmit51@louisville.edu

Recent Publications:

Smith, S.L., Serke, L. (under review; case report). Sepsis in Neonates Fed Expressed Refrigerated Mother's Milk. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing

*Morris, L.D., Behr, J.H., Smith, S.L. (Jan/Feb 2015). Hydrocolloid to Prevent Nares Breakdown in Preterm Infants. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 39-43.

Pearce, P., Christian, B., Smith, S., Vance, D. (2013). Research methods for graduate students: A practical framework to guide teachers and learners. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12080.

*Smith, S. L., Haley, S., Slater, H., Moyer-Mileur, L. J. (2013). Heart rate variability during caregiving and sleep after massage therapy in preterm infants. Early Human Development, 89(8), 525-529.  doi:10-1016/j.hearlhumdev.2013.01.004

*Moyer-Mileur, L. J., Haley, S., Slater, H., Beachy, J., Smith, S. L. (2012). Massage improves growth quality by decreasing body fat deposition in male preterm infants. Journal of Pediatrics, advance online publication, 11 October 2012; doi/10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.08.033

*Haley, S., Beachy, J, Ivaska, K, Slater, H. Smith, S., & Moyer-Mileur, L. J. (2012). Tactile/kinesthetic stimulation (TKS) increases tibial speed of sound and urinary osteocalcin (U-MidOC and unOC) in premature infants (29-32 wk PMA). Bone, 51, 661-666. doi.org/10.1016/j.bone.2012.07.016.

*Smith, S. L., Lux, R., Haley, S., Slater, H., Beachy, J., Moyer-Mileur, L. J. (2012). The effect of massage on heart rate variability in preterm infants. Journal of Perinatology, advance online publication, 26 April 2012; doi:10.1038/jp.2012.47

*Karlsen, K. A., Trautman, M., Price-Douglas, W., Smith, S. (2011). National survey of neonatal transport in the United States. Pediatrics, 128(4): 685-691. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-3796 [student doctoral dissertation].

Jones, J. G., & Smith, S. L. (2009). Shock in the critically ill neonate. Journal of Perinatal Neonatal Nursing, 23(4), 346-354.

*Friddle, K., & Smith, S. L. (2009). A simulation study of gel pillow heat conductance. Advances in Neonatal Care, 9, 240-248. [student master’s thesis]

*Smith, S. L., Doig A. K., Dudley, W. N. (2005). Impaired parasympathetic response to feeding in ventilated preterm babies. Archives of Disease in Childhood -- Fetal and Neonatal Edition, (90)F505-F508.

*Smith, S. L., Doig, A. K., & Dudley, W. N. (2004). Characteristics of heart period variability in intubated very-low-birthweight infants with respiratory disease. Biology of the Neonate, 86, 269-274.

*Smith, S. L. (2003). Heart period variability of intubated very-low-birthweight infants during incubator care and maternal holding. American Journal of Critical Care, 12(1), 54-64.

Recent Presentations:

Serke, L., & Smith, S. (October 2015). Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infection in a Preterm Infant from Expressed Breast Milk. Research!Louisville Nursing Research Symposium, Louisville, KY

Serke, L., Collins, K., Smith, S. (2015). Pseudomonas Infection from Improperly Handled Human Milk. Kentucky One West Market Research Symposium, Louisville, KY.

Corzine, A., Edlin, M., Platt, M., Smith, A., Smith, S. (2014). Identifying Genital Trauma in Sexual Assault Victims. Research!Louisville, Louisville, KY.

Morris, L.D., Behr, J.H., Smith, S., & Polivka, B. (October 2013) The Use of a Double Barrier Hydrocolloid Dressing To Prevent Skin Breakdown In Very Low Birth Weight Neonates (VLBWs) on High Flow Nasal Cannula. NANN’s 29th Annual Educational Conference: Innovations in Neonatal Care, Nashville, TN (poster)(refereed, national).

Smith, S. L. (February, 2014). Symposium Research Grant Funding:  American Nurses Foundation Funding Opportunities.  2014 SNRS 28th Annual Conference: Advancing Nursing Research in the Society’s Region, San Antonio, TX (podium)(invited, regional)

Smith, S. L. (September 2013). Autonomic nervous system function and the effect of massage therapy in enhancing parasympathetic activity in preterm infants.  American Massage Therapy Association 2013 National Convention, Fort Worth, TX (podium)(invited, national)

Smith, S.L. (February 2013). Effect of massage and kinesthetic movement on heart rate variability and growth quality in medically stable preterm infants. Southern Nursing Research Society, Little Rock, AK (podium)(refereed, regional)

Smith, S. L. (September 2012).The effect of mechanical tactile stimulation on autonomic nervous system function in preterm infants.  Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington, D.C. (podium)(refereed, national)

Smith, S. L. (May 31-June 1, 2012). The effect of mechanical tactile stimulation on autonomic nervous system function and body composition in preterm infants. Neonatal Advanced Practice Nursing Forum, Washington, D.C. (podium)(refereed, national).

Smith, S. L. (May 31-June 1, 2012). The effect of mechanical tactile stimulation on autonomic nervous system function and body composition in preterm infants. Neonatal Advanced Practice Nursing Forum, Washington, D.C. (podium)(refereed, national).

Smith, S. L., Moyer-Mileur, L.(January 2011).Developmental massage therapy promotes parasympathetic nervous system activity in preterm infants. Western Society for Pediatric Research, Carmel, CA (podium)(refereed, regional).

Smith, S. L. (October, 2008). New perspectives on behavioral organization in infancy (Symposium with Medoff-Cooper, B., Holditch-Davis, D., & Whitetraut, R.): Heart period variability as a measure of developmental change in VLBW infants. State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research: Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC (podium)(refereed, national).

Smith, S. L. (June, 2006). New perspectives on behavioral organization in the preterm infant (Symposium with Medoff-Cooper, B., Holditch-Davis, D., & Whitetraut, R.): Heart period variability as a measure of developmental change in VLBW infants. International Conference of Infant Studies, Kyoto, Japan (podium) (refereed, international).

Research Activity:

Principal Investigator: Feasibility pilot study to determine bacterial species and colony counts in fresh human milk refrigerated for 96 hours.University of Louisville Intramural Research Incentive Grant. (Co-Investigators: L. Serke, University of Louisville Hospital NICU dietician and Timothy Crawford, PhD, MPH, Statistician). (December 2014, Funded $4,932.00)

Principal Investigator: Feasibility and accuracy of the Actiwave data logger in the collection of heart rate (R-R) data in preterm infants.University of Louisville Intramural Research Incentive Grant. (Co-Investigator: Timothy Crawford, PhD, MPH, statistician). (May, 2014, Funded $2511)

Co-Investigator: The use of double barrier hydrocolloid dressing to prevent skin breakdown in very low birth

weight neonates on high flow nasal cannula. (Morris, L. & Jodi Behr, Co-PI). Unfunded research. 2013.

Co-Principal Investigator: Comparison of axillary and temporal artery thermometry in preterm infants.  (Keltner, C., Co-PI). University of Louisville Research Committee Grant ($300). 2012-present.

Principal Investigator: Heart Period Variability in Critically Ill VLBW Infants.NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 1 R01 HL1920-01 (awarded September 30, 2003).

Project Coordinator: Managing Infant Irritability: A Clinical Trial (PI: M. Keefe, PhD, RN, Dean and Professor, University of Utah College of Nursing). National Institute of Nursing Research, 5 R01 NR04661. Transferred from the University of South Carolina, December 2001- January 2003.

Educational Interests:

Advanced neonatal assessment, advanced neonatal pharmacology, advanced neonatal physiology and pathophysiology, human embryology and genetics, clinical diagnostic reasoning, evidence based practice, statistics

Educational Background:

  • May 2000: PhD in Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • August 1993: MSN, Neonatal Nursing, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • May 1989: BSN, Widener University, Chester, PA
  • May 1979: Diploma, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Teaching Areas:

  • Research/Evidence Based Practice
  • Statistics
  • Advanced Neonatal Assessment
  • Advanced Neonatal Pharmacology

Research Interests:

  • Quantitative methods
  • Physiological responses to caregiving
  • Nursing interventions to improve patient care
  • Complimentary and alternative therapies
  • Time series designs

Honors & Awards:

  • 2010: Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2009: Linda K. Amos Leadership Development Fund Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2008: Excellence in Service Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2008: Excellence in Research Award, Utah Nurse Practitioners
  • 2000: Excellence in Scholarship Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2000: Outstanding Dissertation Award & Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 2000: AACN Research Abstract Award, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • 1998: Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 1998: Contributions to Neonatal Nursing through Excellence in Research Award, National Association of Neonatal Nurses
  • 1997: Theresa LaPlante Research Award, Sigma Theta Tau/Gamma Rho Chapter, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • 1997-1998: Graduate Research Fellow, University of Utah
  • 1995-1996: Drummond Scholarship, University of Utah
  • 1989: Certificate for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Widener University

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
  • National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • 1989-present: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing