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

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

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

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

Associate Professor
slsmit51@louisville.edu
502.852.8388

I have the training, research experience, and technical expertise in the intensive care of preterm infants. My ability to develop and efficiently execute longitudinal, time-series, quantitative research designs leveraging innovative new technology and analytical tools produced significant results, advancing the understanding of the physiological responses and disorders of very low birth weight premature neonates. My NIH-funded studies of infant responses to environmental stimuli and autonomic nervous system development as measured by heart rate variability have contributed to the increased use of massage therapy in convalescing preterm infants in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU’s). My 16-year experience as director/coordinator of NNP Track DNP programs at both the University of Utah and the University of Louisville gives me a keen understanding of the state of neonatal critical care practice and state of research in neonatology that informs my research.

 Education:

  • 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

Educational Interests:

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

Teaching Areas:

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

Recent Publications

  • 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.
  • Smith, S.L., Serke, L. (September-October 2016). Case report: Sepsis in neonates fed expressed mother's milk. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 45(5), 699-705. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.05.006

 

Recent Presentations:

Smith, S. L., Stikes, R., Keltner, C., Hayes, P., & Crawford, T.(September 8, 2017). Comparison of axillary and temporal artery thermometry in preterm infants. Research! Louisville Nursing Research Symposium “Bridging the Gap and Busting through Barriers:  Implementing Evidence into Nursing Practice” Louisville, KY.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.

Poster 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.

Research Interests:

  • Quantitative methods
  • Physiological responses to caregiving
  • Nursing interventions to improve patient care
  • Complimentary and alternative therapies
  • Time series designs
  • Microbiome of breast milk and safe breast feeding practices in the NICU

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 InvestigatorFeasibility 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

2010

xcellence 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

1997-98

Graduate Research Fellow, University of Utah

1995-96

Drummond Scholarship, University of Utah

1989

Certificate for Outstanding Academic Achievemen, Widener University