Faces in Nursing

Nancy Smith, PhD, APN, BC, FAANP

Dr. Nancy Smith is the Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Dr. Smith is an advanced practice nurse, has nearly 40 years of experience in nursing education, practice, administration, and regulatory law. Currently serving as Dean and Professor at Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, she has a passion for innovative educational models and is widely published in the nursing literature.

An elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and winner of the Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator Award from the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Dr. Smith has also received the Graduate Nurse Educator Award from the graduate students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  During her tenure at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Lt. Governor Maizi Hirono formally recognized Dr. Smith “for outstanding contributions to students and to the health of the people of Hawaii.” She has managed multiple federal grants, as well as grants from private philanthropy.

Dr. Smith has an active interest in health policy and most recently served on the Governor’s Nurse Work Force & Patient Safety Task Force and SB08-188 Pilot Program Implementation Committee. She currently serves on the Colorado Health Partners Board of Directors, the CCNE Board of Directors, and chairs the CCNE Advisory Council.